A free mobile app released by Adobe yesterday lets users photograph documents of any kind using their smartphones or tablets and turn them into PDF documents that can be edited, shared, and searched.

Available for iOS and Android devices, the Adobe Scan app (pictured above) cleans up photo images of documents using Adobe's Sensei artificial intelligence service. Through Adobe's optical character recognition tool, the Scan app can also convert photographed text into digital text that can be annotated using the Adobe Document Cloud's Acrobat or Acrobat Reader.

No Page Limits or Watermarks

Adobe Scan "turns your phone or tablet into a smart scanning tool -- making it easy to create digital documents from anywhere," Lisa Croft, Adobe's group product marketing manager, said in a blog post Wednesday. Unlike some other free scanning apps, Adobe Scan doesn't limit users to a set number of scanned pages or add a proprietary watermark to scanned images.

"Optical Character Recognition (OCR) in a scanning app is nothing new, but other apps typically require a subscription or paid upgrade for the technology," Croft noted. "OCR in Adobe Scan is completely free, converting printed text to digital text in seconds. It's fast and easy to capture multi-page documents too. In fact, Adobe Scan is optimized for capturing multi-page documents without sacrificing quality."

In a statement, Abhay Parasnis, the company's chief technology officer said that Adobe Scan represents a critical step toward the company's broader innovation imperative for Adobe Document Cloud.

The new tool was designed for a mobile-first world and marks a "radical reimagination of how to capture your most important document content," according to Bryan Lamkin, Adobe's executive vice president and general manager for digital media.

Mobile Device-to-Desktop E-Signatures

Yesterday, Adobe also unveiled an update to its Adobe Sign offering that lets users manage e-signatures and digital forms. New capabilities include cloud-based, open-standard digital signing, cross-device signature capture, support for digital business stamps, and integration with ServiceNow's cloud-based IT management workflows.

Users who don't have touchscreen PCs or laptops can now use their smartphones to create digital signatures. Adobe Sign lets users send text messages to smartphones or tablets, to which they can then add touch-drawn signatures that will appear on their desktop devices and can be added to documents with one tap.

Today, Adobe announced that it had been named a leader in the analyst firm Forrester Inc.'s Data Management Platforms report for the second quarter of 2017. The report, which assessed data management platforms from 11 different companies, gave Adobe's Audience Manager the highest score among current company offerings.