Adobe and Dropbox team up for easier PDF handling on the go

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Digital giant Adobe and cloud storage provider Dropbox have announced a partnership for more seamless document handling and editing in a variety of locations.

According to Dropbox, there are more than 18 billion PDF files in the storage provider’s repository, being one of the most common business file types in Dropbox. The new partnership enables easier collaboration facilities with Adobe files, including viewing additional actions on PDF files stored in Dropbox Basic, Pro, and Dropbox for Business accounts, as well as edit PDFs via Dropbox through Acrobat DC on desktop or Reader elsewhere.

As a result, it seemed the partnership was a no-brainer from Dropbox’s perspective. “Ultimately, we want you to be able to work with any kind of file easily, from viewing to editing to sharing,” a company blog post reads. “Our collaboration with Adobe, the inventor of the PDF, is the next step in this process.”

“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,” added Kevin M. Lynch, SVP and general manager of Adobe Document Cloud. “Our work with Dropbox, as our first file sync and share partner, will help Adobe Document Cloud customers and people around the world be more productive with the documents at the centre of their daily lives.”

This move again highlights the necessity for the cloud storage provider in shaping its operations around the enterprise market. In November last year, Dropbox announced a partnership with Microsoft to entail closer collaboration with Office 365. Figures released by the company in June revealed there were more than eight million Dropbox business customers, compared to their overall total of 400 million.

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