- Cloud-based document transfer
- Digital signatures
- Hard to navigate for beginners
- Annual subscription requirements
The Adobe Document Cloud provides users with the full functionality, power, and flexibility Adobe intended when the company created the portable document format (PDF) file type.
Bring PDFs to life
The Adobe Document Cloud includes Acrobat and Adobe Sign. Acrobat’s latest software version allows users to create, edit, and share PDFs across several devices, enabling Adobe account holders to take their PDFs anywhere at any time. Acrobat also allows users to export and import PDFs through different file types. Documents requiring signatures can be marked with verified e-signatures in-platform through Adobe Sign.
Mobile applications & platform integrations
Users can access mobile versions of Acrobat and Adobe Sign that feature full functionality. For example, the mobile rendition of Adobe Sign integrates with any documents opened, created, edited, or shared in the Acrobat app. Both Acrobat and Adobe Sign are available for download on Android and Apple devices.
Adobe Document Cloud offers integrations with several mainstream third-party platforms. Some of these platforms include the Microsoft Office Suite, CRMs, contract life-cycle management tools, and other document clouds like Box, Dropbox, and OneDrive.
Onboarding, User Experience, & Collaboration
Several users have reported that Acrobat and Adobe Sign are challenging to grasp upon first use. While new platforms present inevitable challenges, Adobe has taken precautions with an updated knowledge base. A plethora of information is also available from third-party content providers.
The user experience is almost always positive, and Adobe developed the applications within Document Cloud to be as simple as possible. Document Cloud was built with the intention of simplifying aspects of team collaboration, and the software developed within the platform provides the capability of streamlining workflows that require PDFs. Other file types can be stored in the cloud, but managing and manipulating documents requires that each file converts to a PDF.
Adobe offers individual user licenses and organizational plans. Most plans are subject to annual commitments and lack the flexibility of month-to-month contracts. Congressional offices can choose between the “Acrobat DC for teams” offering at $14.99 per user per month or a custom solution.
Congress & FedRAMP
The House CAO approved Adobe Document Cloud to handle the storage and transfer of controlled, unclassified information. Senate Sergeant-at-Arms officials have yet to release an approval. Adobe Document Cloud is FedRAMP certified by the General Services Administration (GSA). The FedRAMP program rates software on the security standardization, monitoring, and authorization compliance framework.
What we think
Every office should use the Adobe Document Cloud. Despite the annual commitment, this solution is cost effective and scalable for growing organizations. Plus, Adobe developed a software-as-a-service platform that meets the rigorous requirements for a coveted FedRAMP rating.