Adobe adds new URL shortcuts to make signing PDFs easier

Although almost synonymous with PDF, Adobe’s Acrobat software hasn’t kept pace with the advancements we’ve seen the company’s competitors bring to their online applications. For the past few years, you’ve had to turn to the Acrobat desktop app if you wanted to access some of its more advanced features. But with the latest Acrobat Web update, Adobe hopes to change that.

Starting today, you can use the Acrobat website to add a password to PDF, split a single PDF into multiple files, and merge multiple PDFs into a single file. It used to be all the features you had to use the desktop app to access. If you pay for an Acrobat subscription, you can now also use Acrobat Web to edit text and images in PDF format.

The company also makes it easy to access these features from your browser’s address bar. In July, Adobe began using Google’s .new domain to create convenient shortcuts for quick access to specific web features in Acrobat. With today’s update, the company is adding several new shortcuts, including one you can use to sign a PDF.

As to why it took Adobe so long to get to this point, the company said Tech Crunch some technical challenges have delayed the rollout of today’s new features. In particular, the fonts made it difficult to make text and image editing available online. We could have done it sooner, but it wouldn’t have lived up to the standards of speed, agility and quality,” Adobe’s vice president for Document Cloud told the publication. Late or not, if you use Acrobat web on a daily basis, you’re probably happy to finally have access to new tools.

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