Adobe and Dropbox have teamed up in order to make PDFs a lot easier to view, share and edit while on the go. The companies said the partnership is just the first phase of “even deeper mobile integrations” that are expected to be rolled out over the coming months.
The collaboration means that users will be able to add their Dropbox account to Adobe’s desktop and mobile apps. On the PC and Mac, users will be able to open PDFs stored in Dropbox from within the latest versions of Adobe Acrobat and Adobe Reader; iOS users will be able to annotate and comment on PDFs stored in Dropbox from their iPhone or iPad, using Acrobat Reader mobile. This mobile feature will be coming to Android devices next year.
We want you to be able to collaborate with PDF files on Dropbox in as few steps, clicks, or swipes as possible. Ultimately, we want you to be able to work with any kind of file easily, from viewing to editing to sharing. Our collaboration with Adobe, the inventor of the PDF, is the next step in this process.
The company said the main benefits of the integration will be the ability to easily edit PDFs on the go (and having the changes saved to Dropbox automatically), being able to share updated PDFs quickly and easily with collaborators via Dropbox, and having quick access to the latest drafts of your PDFs from any device.
There are more than 18 billion PDF files stored in Dropbox, making it one of the most common file types on the cloud storage service. Anything that makes working with PDFs quicker and easier is likely to be welcomed by those who rely on them for business purposes.