Adobe Acrobat, E-Signing Offered in New Document Cloud

Having already taken its design and marketing software into the cloud, Adobe is aiming its latest cloud-based offering at professionals and other users who need better ways to manage important documents on the go. Announced Tuesday, Adobe Document Cloud includes a new version of its desktop Acrobat software that will let users convert paper documents into digital ones that can be edited and signed online.

Document Cloud is also designed to make it easier to manage paperwork across platforms with Mobile Link, which maintains users' files, settings and signatures no matter which devices they're working on. Another feature, "intelligent tracking," lets users know who has opened which documents and when.

Adobe says its latest cloud offering is aimed at easing the "document disconnect" created by the large amount of business that is still dependent on physical paperwork. It cited a recent IDC study it sponsored that found more than 80 percent of business documents are still not digitized.

Too Much Physical Paperwork

"People and businesses are stuck in document-based processes that are slow, wasteful, and fragmented," said Bryan Lamkin, Adobe's senior vice president of Technology and Corporate Development. "While most forms of content have successfully made the move to digital (books, movies, music), documents and the process of working with them have not, and that needs to change."

An Adobe survey of more than 5,000 professionals in five countries found that 83 percent believe that outdated document practices are slowing them down at work and hurting productivity. Sixty-one percent of those surveyed say they would even change jobs just to be able to deal with less paperwork.

Such document difficulties create more than frustration at work -- they also contribute to measurable losses of time and money, according to an Adobe-sponsored study published last week by the analyst firm IDC. That study,...

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