Box is currently storing more than 2 billion PDFs in the cloud, but before today, Adobe users needed to jump through hoops to get at those files.
Now, Adobe and Box have teamed up to offer more tools to enterprise users working with PDFs. The new integrations let users of Adobe Document Cloud, Adobe Sign and Box’s enterprise cloud storage system create smooth workflows for their products. Adobe also announced integration with Microsoft OneDrive.
The biggest benefit of the Box integrations will be the reduction of duplicate files. Users will now be able to open files stored in Box directly from Adobe apps like Acrobat DC or Acrobat Reader, with edits saved back to the cloud-based file in real time. So when you’re adding annotations to the PDF on your tablet, your partner will be able to view them quickly without you having to resave the file.
The integration works the other way as well. Box users can open files in Acrobat DC directly from Box, with updates again saved back to that cloud-based file. Box partnered with Microsoft last year for a similar service, allowing users to edit Office documents completely online within the Box website.
Users can also open files in Adobe Sign to get e-signatures on important documents and have them save right back to the cloud. The program is an expansion for Adobe from existing partnerships with Dropbox, Salesforce and others.
The OneDrive integrations are a little more limited, with a focus on Acrobat DC users, but offer similar cloud-syncing and storage benefits. However, the Adobe Sign integrations are limited to the Box partnership.
The integrations were part of a larger announcement from Adobe, which also included the rebranding of Document Cloud eSign to Adobe Sign and the integration of that renamed product into Adobe Marketing Cloud. The new Box integrations will launch to existing Adobe Document Cloud customers next month, with Microsoft OneDrive support expected in June.