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Adobe reveals Document Cloud, Acrobat DC with e-signing, photo PDF conversion, more

Source: Adobe

Adobe on Tuesday unveiled Document Cloud, an all-encompassing digital document management solution that includes a new touch-enabled version of Acrobat and two iOS-specific apps.

Set to launch in April, Document Cloud can be thought of as a central hub for a user's document creation and management needs.

Acrobat DC is a major facet of Document Cloud and has been completely redesigned with mobile applications in mind. Adobe says the new Acrobat DC is packed full of new features to help process and manage PDF documents, as well as touchscreen support and a fresh layout.

Unlike past mobile Acrobat software that shipped with limited functionality, the upcoming Acrobat Mobile will be a full-featured, touch-enabled app with a variety of powerful tools. As an example, a new feature uses Photoshop technology to convert pictures taken with an iPhone into a PDF file that can be edited, signed and even automatically filled with a user's personal information.

Digital signatures are getting special treatment, as Adobe is launching a tool called Sign Services — formerly Echo Sign — that lets users track a document as it is passed along for multiple signatures. In addition, users can turn to a new mobile app called Fill & Sign to sign documents with a stylus or finger.

Wrapped in Document Cloud, Acrobat relies on Mobile Link to sync across platforms — desktop, mobile and Web — to keep information up to date.

Adobe Acrobat DC and Document Cloud will ship in April. Users can sign up for current versions of Acrobat XI Pro for $14.99 per month, or Acrobat XI Standard for $12.99 per month, each of which will be automatically upgraded to Acrobat DC when it becomes available. Adobe is also planning to offer Acrobat DC as a one-time purchase.