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If there's anything that Google Docs has taught us (and Microsoft) in recent years, it's that document sharing and collaboration are kind of a big deal. Adobe has answered this clarion call with a new edition of its Acrobat Document Cloud platform, whose truckload of new features is headlined by extensive sharing tools.

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In the new version of Acrobat DC, users can now quickly share a PDF document, monitor who has access to it, send it out for review, and create reminders to help keep tabs on the PDF's overall progress toward completion. When edits need to be made, reviewers can add comments detailing the needed changes, and the editor can tag those comments as resolved when the changes are made.

Adobe says that this is "Eliminating countless emails and driving a more efficient process."

To help you manage your PDFs, your Home view now has a unified visual design for the desktop app, the mobile app, and the "web app" version that runs in a web browser. If you need status updates on all the documents you're handling, this centralized, cross-platform hub is where you go.

The company is also leveraging an in-house AI called Adobe Sensei to accelerate some mundane data entry tasks. For one, Sensei can now scan the info on a business card directly into a PDF -- and in addition to English, it recognizes French, German, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish. Also, if you need to fill out some forms, Sensei is there again, populating fields with the relevant info and even setting up digital signatures, if needed.

Speaking of signatures, Adobe Sign is also now fully integrated into Acrobat DC and Acrobat Reader. (The latter is so named because you can only view PDFs with it, rather than being able to create or edit them).

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And signatures may not be all the work you do with your hands in Acrobat. If you know a few visual artists, you're probably aware of how popular the iPad Pro is for content creation. Unfortunately, Acrobat DC hasn't supported touch-based PDF editing on tablets, but that's another update going into the mix. The company says, "Users can change text, format and edit, or add, rotate and resize images within a PDF, all with the touch of a finger."

Note that Acrobat Document Cloud requires a subscription to use. Prices for Acrobat DC start at $23 a month, or $156 a year (which works out to $13 a month), but it's also bundled with the All Apps plan for Adobe Creative Cloud, aka Adobe CC.

The takeaways

  • Adobe has announced some big changes available now for Acrobat Document Cloud, which is the official platform for creating and editing PDFs.
  • Additions include a centralized document hub where you can share PDFs and monitor the editing process; AI that can automate several potentially tedious data entry tasks; and the ability to edit PDFs with touch input on a tablet.

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Tom McNamara is a Senior Editor for CNET's Download.com. He mainly covers Windows, mobile and desktop security, games, Google, streaming services, and social media. Tom was also an editor at Maximum PC and IGN, and his work has appeared on CNET, PC Gamer, MSN.com, and Salon.com. He's also unreasonably proud that he's kept the same phone for more than two years.