5 June 2017

Adobe enhances the PDF

Adobe has unveiled innovations in Adobe Document Cloud that deliver intuitive mobile-first experiences. Document Cloud lets users work across integrated cloud services, mobile and desktop apps. Leading the new lineup are new capabilities in Adobe Sign designed to offer ease of use and mobility, and Adobe Scan, a new free app that turns a mobile device into an intelligent scanning and text-recognition tool.

“Documents are the lifeblood of society, communicating information that spans contracts, textbooks, financial statements and everything in between,” said Abhay Parasnis, CTO, Adobe. “The challenge is unlocking the intelligence that lives in those documents, and extracting meaning that can be searched, analysed and incorporated into digital workflows. Adobe Scan, powered by Adobe Sensei’s intelligent services, represents a critical step toward our broader innovation imperative for Adobe Document Cloud.”

Available on iOS and Android, Adobe Scan turns phones and tablets into scanning tools that automatically recognise text. They can also capture images in a snap and transform them into clear Adobe PDFs. With Adobe Scan you can:

- Scan anything into high-quality PDFs with your mobile device. Powered by Adobe Sensei’s intelligent services, Adobe Scan automates boundary detection, auto-crop and capture, perspective correction and auto-clean, removing shadows and making text crisp and clear.

- Automatically capture a shopping receipt, paper document, business card or whiteboard, or choose an image from your camera roll and have Adobe Scan do the rest.

- Digitise scanned text with free automatic text recognition (OCR). The text can be selected, copied or annotated with Acrobat Reader DC or Acrobat DC, making it searchable and reusable in a secure and reliable Adobe PDF.

- The free Adobe Scan app and a free Adobe Document Cloud account allows users to automatically upload, store, share and access scanned files online.

- Take advantage of new mobile functionality in Adobe Sign to automatically sign and send documents from any device.

“Adobe Scan represents a radical reimagination of how to capture your most important document content,” said Bryan Lamkin, Executive VP and GM, Digital Media at Adobe. “Adobe invented PDF creation for PCs, and with Adobe Scan we’re doing the same for a mobile-first world. As part of Adobe Document Cloud, new apps like Adobe Scan integrate with services in Adobe Sign and Acrobat DC, offering a modern document experience with unprecedented value to our customers.”

Adobe Sign makes it easy to automate tasks in a document workflow, from e-signatures and approvals to filling out forms and certified document delivery. A commissioned study conducted by Forrester Consulting on behalf of Adobe found that companies experienced benefits of US$2 million over three years, with an ROI of 383% when using Adobe Sign, including a significantly reduced environmental impact.

Adobe firsts for the new version of Adobe Sign include:

· Cloud-based digital signatures – Previously offered as a customer preview, Adobe Sign now delivers the world’s first cloud-based digital signatures based on an open standard. Digital signatures are now available in any browser and on any mobile device.

· Cross-device signature capture – Easily capture a handwritten signature electronically, even when a computer is not touch-enabled. Send a text message to a touch enabled mobile device and sign with a finger or a stylus, then finish the job back on the desktop. One tap adds it to a document.

· Customisable email templates – Extend your brand and personalise customer interactions with fully-customisable email templates for requesting and confirming signatures. Give the marketing department full control to use the corporate logo, banner images, custom messages and other visual treatments to create a unique brand experience.

· Business stamps – Improve compliance by letting participants add a visible business stamp to a document or form, such as a 'received' image or a company seal, or a personal identifier such as a Hanko stamp in Japan.

· Integration with ServiceNow - Accelerate onboarding and improve customer service by adding Adobe Sign to ServiceNow workflows. Send contracts, agreements, and new hire forms directly from ServiceNow.


Read Forrester's The Total Economic Impact of Adobe Sign

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