Adobe today announced Adobe Document Cloud, a new way to manage documents at home, in the office and across devices. At the heart of Document Cloud is the new Adobe Acrobat DC, which will take e-signatures mainstream by delivering free e-signing as part of the integrated solution.
Adobe Document Cloud consists of a set of integrated services that use an online profile and personal document hub. People will be able to create, review, approve, sign and track documents whether on a desktop or mobile device. Acrobat DC, with a touch-enabled user interface, will be available both via subscription and one-time purchase.
The Acrobat DC features a touch-enabled interface along with a new Tool Center, which offers simplified and quick access to the tools you use most. And, Acrobat DC uses Photoshop imaging magic to convert any paper document into a digital, editable file that can be sent for signature.
eSign Services (formerly Adobe EchoSign) will be included with every subscription of Acrobat DC, which is part of both Document Cloud and Adobe Creative Cloud. You'll be able to electronically send and sign any document from any device.
You'll be also able to access your work as you move between desktop and devices, and pick up that form or document where you left off with new Mobile Link - your files, settings and signatures stay with you. With two new mobile apps, Acrobat Mobile and Fill & Sign, people can create, edit, comment and sign documents directly on their mobile devices. Plus, use the camera on your device as a portable scanner to convert any paper documents to digital, editable files that can be sent for signature.
Services such as Send & Track let you manage, track and control your documents. With intelligent tracking, you gain visibility into where critical documents are along their process, including who has opened them and when. Control features also help to protect sensitive information, both inside and outside the firewall, for business or personal use.
Acrobat has been central to Adobe Creative Cloud, enabling creative mock-ups, markup and response, pre-press support, and more. Adobe Document Cloud will extend that use, allowing creatives to work with PDFs anywhere, and adding e-signing capabilities and the ability to synch with Creative Cloud. Adobe Creative Cloud customers will have access to Document Cloud through Acrobat DC, which will be included with a membership to Creative Cloud.
In the future, Adobe will integrate key components of Adobe Marketing Cloud to help businesses test, measure and manage documents, providing the same visibility into usage and interactions with documents that marketers already have with digital marketing assets today.
The new tools are expected to launch within the next month. Prices are expected to start at about $13 a month. People will be able to buy Acrobat DC for a one-time fee that's expected to start at $299 ($139 for upgrades), but that excludes online storage and some of the mobile features.