When you think of Adobe, you might think of Adobe Acrobat on your computer for creating PDFs. However, Adobe has a lot of developer-friendly cloud-based APIs to allow you to do many of the actions you would do in Adobe Acrobat. For example, Adobe PDF Tools API allows you to create PDFs, export them into different formats, extract pages, etc. These are extremely useful for quick tools to incorporate in your app. It’s easy to get started with a pay-as-you-go subscription on AWS that include a free two-week evaluation to try out all the APIs. …


New features in June 2021 added to Adobe Document Services like PDF Extract and Document Generation for Microsoft Power Automate provides more ways to create and analyze PDF documents.

Adobe has been hard at work the last several months offering new ways to automate document processes in your apps and workflows. In March, Adobe announced Adobe PDF Tools connector for Microsoft Power Automate to add PDF actions in your flows. In March, Adobe released Adobe Document Generation API, which will enable you to generate Word and PDF documents based on data dynamically. In September, Adobe provided PDF Extract API as a private beta.

This month, we have new updates to make it easier for you to generate your documents and extract data from your PDFs dynamically. …


Microsoft Teams Approvals now allows you to send documents for e-signature using Adobe Sign.

Back in the day, my old boss used to have everyone pile paperwork on their desk to review and sign off on the paperwork. The stack would pile up and wait for him to get into the office. Getting paperwork approved and signed could be a miracle.

These days, all of my time interacting with my team is inside of Microsoft Teams. It has become one of those applications that I have open at all times, kind of like Microsoft Outlook or your web browser has been for years. …


Whether you are a designer, your daily life these days undoubtably is probably spent working in Adobe Creative Cloud tools for design, but also with a dozen windows of Microsoft Teams, Outlook and a bunch of other applications open. In fact, while you might do much of your work in Creative Cloud, your colleagues may work primarily in Microsoft 365 in SharePoint, OneDrive, and other applications, while you are most often in Adobe Creative Cloud.

When someone gives you files for a creative project, a lot of times they might be stored in SharePoint and then need to get sent…


In my previous article, I walked through how you can automatically make documents searchable when they are dropped in a folder. But what if you want to select a file and do a custom action to it, like add PDF protection to a PDF?

Adobe PDF Tools for Microsoft Power Automate allows you to easily create flows for all your document-related processes, such as OCR, creating PDFs, combining PDFs, etc. One benefit is adding password protection to view or adding granular controls to prevent printing, copying, etc.

Microsoft Power Automate is an automation service included as part of Microsoft 365…


These days, when you go to a website, the website might change depending on your profile, or a cookie that informs that they should change images on the landing page. But wouldn’t it be cool if you could easily do that with your documents?

Most of the time we expect personalization online, but when it comes to documents, we are relegated to typing things manually into a Word document or other formats. No automation, just all manual.

Let’s say you are writing a proposal. The proposal is for a client in the healthcare industry, so you want to make the…


Let’s say you scan a piece of paper and convert it to PDF. Did you know your PDF can have its text and images processed to make it easy to search through? This also makes it easy for other applications like SharePoint, BOX, Dropbox, and others to index your content, so you can search for them in those applications.

Depending on which PDF engine you use, you might run into issues. Some PDF engines just take an image and create a PDF wrapper around it. …


Whether you are working with contracts, invoices, statements of work, or proposals, you need to enter data into these documents. These may be data points from your ERP, your CRM system, or another database.

Many organizations create contracts or statements of work manually in Microsoft Word, Google Docs, or elsewhere. Invoices may be auto-generated by systems that output as a PDF. However, these methods may run into a few challenges:

  • Template creation often needs to be done by a developer, whether through code or custom and complex tools.
  • Many tools have limitations on how you can build templates, and whether…


Adobe Sign for Microsoft Power Automate connector provides the flexibility to automate several of your document workflows, receive electronic signatures, etc. In combination with connections to Office 365 Users and the over 200 connectors available in Microsoft Power Automate, this gives you great power to automate document routing instead of manually entering information.

In Fall 2020, Adobe Sign for Microsoft Power Automate connectors were updated to allow you to set your flow based off of a variable number of recipients rather than a fixed number of recipients. …


When you walk in to rent a bike, go to a gym, get your car serviced, go to the doctor’s office, undoubtably there are some forms you need fill out. You are handed a clipboard and a clean pen asking you to fill it and sign it, only for you to then key all of that information into a system.

If you have been a restaurant recently, you will notice that many now are not providing paper menus, but instead handing out a laminated card with a QR code on it for you to scan to see the menu on…

Ben Vanderberg

Principal Technical Evangelist at Adobe

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