Adobe and Dropbox have announced a partnership to let users access and edit PDFs stored in Dropbox and Dropbox for Business with Adobe services. The move is the second major partnership by Dropbox after a similar deal with Microsoft in April.
The agreement means that customers of Adobe Acrobat Document Cloud and Adobe Acrobat Reader can carry out common actions on PDF files from the Dropbox environment in the cloud, from any location.
Specifically Adobe said that users can open, edit and save changes in PDFs in the Adobe apps directly from the Dropbox website, iOS app or Android app.
Documents will be automatically synced across shared Dropbox folders once any changes have taken place within Adobe, which the firms said will boost collaboration.
The move could well appeal to businesses that increasingly use Dropbox to store and work on key documents.
There are some 18 billion PDF files in Dropbox, according to Adobe, so there are thousands of users who will benefit from this move, as Kevin Lynch, general manager of Adobe Document Cloud, explained.
“The requirements of our customers have constantly evolved over time. Today, mobile has become the rule and people expect to complete work quickly and simply wherever and whenever they need,” he said.
“Our work with Dropbox, as our first file sync and share partner, will help Adobe Document Cloud customers and people around the world to be more productive with the documents at the centre of their daily lives.”
The desktop integration between Dropbox and Acrobat Document Cloud or Acrobat Reader is available now, while the iOS integration is due in “the coming months”. The Android integrations are not due until 2016.
Integrations between cloud content storage and collaboration platform firms and major business software providers are becoming increasingly common to give customers the flexibility to work on files in any location.
Dropbox rival Box has partnered with several major firms in this way, most notably Microsoft so that users can access and edit Office 365 files from its platform.
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