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June 2, 2017

Adobe Document Cloud adds Scan & Sign

Adobe wants to unlock the intelligence in your documents.

By James Nunns

Adobe’s mission to shift everything to the cloud is gathering pace with the introduction of two new products to the Adobe Document Cloud.

Adobe Scan and Adobe Sign are the latest products the company has added to its portfolio with the hope of helping customers to move paperwork to its cloud-based storage, sharing, and organisation tool.

Adobe Sign was previously available as a customer preview, but is now fully available to users who can take advantage of its ability to collect digital signatures across browsers and mobile devices.

Adobe Scan is a free app that allows users to scan documents on your mobile as it has text recognition.

Read more: So long, cumbersome paper contracts. Hello, Adobe’s digital signatures in the cloud

Various different items can be scanned such as receipts, documents, and even whiteboards. Adobe Scan is able to detect the edge of the object and then adjusts it so that it is sharper.

Words are converted to digital text, which the user can then do with as they wish, typically copied and pasted via Adobe’s Acrobat Reader.

“Documents are the lifeblood of society, communicating information that spans contracts, textbooks, financial statements and everything in between,” said Abhay Parasnis, CTO at Adobe. 

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“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.”

Adobe Document Cloud and Adobe Scan are both free but if you want all the tools required for editing and collecting signatures and so on, you will need to subscribe to Acrobat DC.

This is latest move from Adobe in its war on paper with the company unveiling what it dubbed the “world’s first” open cloud-based digital signatures technology back in February.

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