Tuesday, 19 June 2018 16:59

Adobe deepens Microsoft integrations

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Adobe has announced new integrations between Document Cloud and Microsoft's cloud applications, and added functionality to its Scan mobile app.

Adobe Sign is already the preferred digital signing service for Microsoft software, but Adobe today revealed tighter integration as part of a effort to better serve the companies' joint customers.

Specifically, Adobe Sign for Enterprise is now usable within Dynamics 365 for Sales workflows. For example, a two-step process — Send for Signature, followed by Send Agreement — sends a sales agreement to the customer for them to sign.

"The signer doesn't need an [Adobe] account... they can sign from any device," said Adobe APAC senior solutions consultant William Franks, who showed how signatures can be entered on the screen of an iPad running the Adobe Sign app.

Office 365 gains simpler access to Adobe PDF services from a new button in the ribbon of Word, Excel and PowerPoint to create PDF versions of documents.

SharePoint and OneDrive also gain access to PDF services, for example to combine two PDF documents into one, or to convert a PDF into a Word, Excel, PowerPoint or RTF document.

The principle, Franks observed, is to take the tool to the document, not the document to the tool. So rather than downloading two PDFs to combine them locally using Adobe Acrobat, the job can be done within Microsoft's cloud.

Adobe Scan for iOS and Android was launched 12 months ago, said Adobe's APAC head of Document Cloud Chandra Sinnathamby, and has been downloaded more than 10.5 million times. Its function is to take photographs and turn them into PDF files with automatic border detection and OCR.

The latest version is able to convert an image of a business card into a contact record on the device. (Users would typically sync their contacts with their iCloud or Google account to make them available on other devices or when using cloud services.)

The PDF conversion takes place in the cloud, so a Document Cloud account is required to use this feature.

All these capabilities are available now at no additional charge.

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Stephen Withers is one of Australia¹s most experienced IT journalists, having begun his career in the days of 8-bit 'microcomputers'. He covers the gamut from gadgets to enterprise systems. In previous lives he has been an academic, a systems programmer, an IT support manager, and an online services manager. Stephen holds an honours degree in Management Sciences and a PhD in Industrial and Business Studies.

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