Adobe Document Cloud is #11 in Top 11 Online Office suites
Last updated: July 25, 2011
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#11 in Top 11 Online Office suites
The best alternatives to Adobe Document Cloud are: DropBox, DocuSign, Microsoft 365
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2011. Adobe tries to fix its SaaS business with EchoSign acquisition
Over the past year, FedEx earned about half a billion dollars on transfering paper documents. It proves that the electronic signature market will continue to grow rapidly. Adobe (aka the giant of the electronic documents space) also understands this. Last week Adobe acquired the most successful electronic signature service - EchoSign. Adobe intends to close its own service eSignatures (which was still in beta) and integrate EchoSign into its SaaS suite Acrobat.com. However, if you look at what Acrobat.com has recently become, this news is likely to be less of a cause for celebration than commiseration with EchoSign’s users and fans. Acrobat.com always amazed us with its (not good) value/effectiveness ratio. But its latest update makes us doubting about the adequacy of Adobe's SaaS-policy. Acrobat.com was originally based on the online document editor Buzzword (that Adobe acquired), the file storage and tools for document collaboration. And the service slowly but surely was developing in the collaborative direction. But now the file storage with workspaces and document editors have disappeared. And instead of them - there are five separate services: - for creating PDF documents - for converting PDF -> Word - for creating web-forms - for sending large files - for online meetings Even more amazing is that on the main Adobe site there is still an old description of Acrobat.com. Obviously, such a large corporation simply does not care about small SaaS services.
2010. Acrobat.com added kind of shared workspaces
Now it's time for another portion of criticism towards the Acrobat.com online office. The last time we reviewed the service, they introduced many useful features, but now they are doing strange things again. Although the press release looks nice: Acrobat.com added online collaboration work-spaces. In fact, they added only shared folders were you can invite your co-workers / clients for file collaboration. Previously, it was possible to share only separate files. So there is more PR than improvements made during several months. Besides Adobe decided that online shared folders - it is so demanded tool on the market that they can make money on it. Although the cost of service was not risen, but the free version allows to create only one workspace (shared folder), and the Premium Basic plan (which costs $15/month) - is limited to 20 shared folders. In addition (very odd) you can't access shared folders on your mobile device (Blackberry and iPhone).
2009. Acrobat.com gets closer to reality
Online office suite Acrobat.com is still like a dress at the fashion show - beautiful, expensive, and you can wear it only on the podium. But in Adobe continues to work hard, update the service and step by step it becomes more ready for business. The other day Acrobat.com added 35 new features. And the first feature we were pleased to see is the idea voting system Acrobat.com Ideas. The main new feature inside the service is the new structure based on file manager. Now, all files are stored in one place and the main menu of service contains only 2 tabs: Files (for file management) and Meetings (for web-conferencing). Adobe online editors for documents, spreadsheets and presentations are no longer positioned as separate services, but simply used to work with the files stored in the file manager. The tool for converting files to PDF can be also found in the File Manager menu. So Acrobat.com come to the same structure, as Google Docs and Zoho Docs. The new structure also emphasizes the main original benefit of Acrobat.com - the web conferencing service, that could potentially attract users from Google Apps and Zoho. The second important new feature is mobile client for iPhone and Blackberry. Mobile Acrobat.com enables to manage files, view documents, convert them to PDF and even recognize text on pictures made by mobile camera. We also note the new Outlook plug-in, default SSL support and the removal 10 PDF conversions restriction in the paid accounts.