Adobe expands PDF's mobile cloud future with Box, Microsoft OneDrive support

Adobe adds Document Cloud support for Box and Microsoft OneDrive and announces a host of updates to improve PDF management on mobile and in the cloud.

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You'll be able to work on PDF files from Microsoft OneDrive within Adobe products on the desktop and Adobe mobile apps.

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Adobe has extended support for working on PDFs in the cloud via new Document Cloud integrations with Box and Microsoft OneDrive.

Document Cloud users will soon be able to view and edit PDFs from Box or Adobe products directly, without having to download a file. All edits and annotations are saved to Box to help with version control. The integration expands on similar support recently announced for Dropbox.

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Box users should be able to add their account to Acrobat Document Cloud and Acrobat Reader on the desktop by the end of May 2016.

Box users also gain an easier way to sign documents, such as contracts, using Adobe's e-signature tool, Adobe Sign. Now Box users can open files within Adobe Sign rather than the existing method, which lets them select files for an e-signature from their Box account via the Adobe Sign web service.

This feature should go live by the end of May and Adobe is expecting to issue further updates by the third quarter of 2016.

Adobe has also flicked the switch on new datacenters in the EU, so that European customers can use Adobe Sign in compliance with eIDAS, the new EU electronic signature regulation that will take effect in July 2016.

Businesses that use Microsoft OneDrive will have better mobile and desktop access thanks to an integration that lets users access and work on PDF files from OneDrive within Adobe products on the desktop and Adobe mobile apps.

Adobe also updated its Sign app for iOS and Android with a new dashboard and improved send feature.

Adobe's form-processing products get a mobile-focused refresh with integration between Adobe Sign and Experience Manager Forms too.

"Our mission is to simplify and modernize those processes for businesses and people wherever and however they work," said Bryan Lamkin, executive vice president and general manager of digital media at Adobe, said in a statement.

"Our collaboration with Box will help advance this cause, whether it's reviewing a new employee benefits handbook with HR stakeholders, sharing the latest creative mockup with your global ad agency, or sending a sales contract for signature by the CEO."

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