Adobe’s new Document Cloud and the reworking of its Acrobat products which is easily available on a2zfiles website is not for something specific but it’s one with something for everyone. From the new free Fill & Sign app, which should appeal to everyone still filling out paper forms, to enterprise verticals and print designers, these products still fill a variety of needs. Adobe has broken out its Acrobat product line into two tracks: Perpetual license, which corresponds with what people think of as software you buy, and Continuous, which applies to subscriptions. They are priced as follows:
- Acrobat DC Pro subscription: $180 annually (which comes out to $15/month) or $25/month.
- Acrobat DC Standard subscription: $156 annually (which works out to $13/month) or $23/month.
- Acrobat DC Pro perpetual: $450 ($200 upgrade)
- Acrobat DC Standard perpetual: $300 ($140 upgrade)
- Adobe Reader and Fill & Sign are free.
- Full Creative Cloud subscribers get Document Cloud gratis.
Fill & Sign is the most generally interesting part of the system, in part because it’s useful without requiring a subscription. With this app, available on Android and iOS, you can take a picture of a print form or open existing PDF forms. When you launch the app, you’re presented with a big icon that prompts you select a form to fill out; your choices are from a file, from the Web, from camera roll or take a picture. When you take a picture, it processes the image and gives you the option to auto-enhance as well as continue taking photos for multipage forms. When you are ready to sign for the first time, you tap the pen icon and a big dialog pops up for you to create a signature or initials using your finger. Some people have mocked this, but it’s actually pretty useful. Once you have created them, you can reuse them easily.
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There is a sort-of autofill option as well. You enter all your personal information, as well as any other information you want to create a field for, and while filling in you can just tap it and have it fill. However, without a subscription it won’t sync that info across devices. And it is designed to handle only one identity; in order to add another you have to create a whole set of custom fields, and there’s no way to organize them.
When you are done, you can share it in many ways, though I discovered that some are hidden until you enable them, like Gmail. On both Android and iOS you can export to Creative Cloud, Google Drive and some other cloud storage services that I don’t have installed. The new version of Reader is basically stripped-down Acrobat DC that only lets you view and comment unless you’re a subscriber, though it never ceases to taunt you with the capabilities you don’t have access to. With the exception of the new cross-platform user interface, it’s pretty much the same as it ever was.