Adobe and Dropbox Partner on Documents

PrintAction Staff
October 20, 2015
By PrintAction Staff
Two of the world’s most-dominant document players, Adobe and Dropbox Inc., have entered a technological partnership to integrate their applications and services on mobile devices and the desktop for faster and more seamless access to all of the content stored as PDF files. Claiming to have more than 400-million users, Dropbox is Adobe’s first file sync and share partner.

With this partnership, customers of Adobe Acrobat DC and Adobe Acrobat Reader, which is used on more than one billion mobile devices and desktop computers worldwide, can access and take common actions on over 18 billion PDF files stored in Dropbox directly from within the Adobe apps. Currently, users can add their Dropbox account in Acrobat DC or Acrobat Reader on desktop, but iOS integrations between Acrobat Reader and Dropbox will be available in the coming months, with Android and web integrations to follow in 2016.

Eventually, all Dropbox users can open, edit, and save changes to PDF documents in the Adobe apps directly from the Dropbox Website, iOS app, or Android app. The integration addresses a strong need, according to the two companies, as PDF is the most common business file type in Dropbox.

“As the inventor of PDF, Adobe brings over 20 years of experience with secure digital documents,” said Kevin Lynch, Senior VP and GM of Adobe Document Cloud. “The requirements of our customers have constantly evolved over time; today, mobile has become the rule and people expect to complete work quickly and simply wherever and whenever they need. Our work with Dropbox, as our first file sync and share partner, will help Adobe Document Cloud customers and people around the world be more productive with the documents at the centre of their daily lives.”

With the free Acrobat Reader mobile app or Acrobat DC on desktop, users can view and take additional actions on PDF files stored in their Dropbox Basic, Pro and Dropbox for Businessaccounts. Any changes are automatically saved back to Dropbox and, once completed, users can the share the updated file using a Dropbox link or shared folder.

With the Adobe apps, users can highlight, annotate or add comments to a document. Acrobat DC users can also complete a range of tasks on the PDF files, including editing text, organizing pages, or converting the documents to their original format. The new version of the file can then be shared with colleagues directly from Dropbox to collaborate further. These capabilities build on existing integration between Adobe eSign services and Dropbox, which enables users to access, track and sign PDF files stored in Dropbox.

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