allow editing of PDF files from SharePoint online
Adobe Acrobat support
Open the pdf in sharepoint. Add notes, add signature, close the pdf in sharepoint - changes are saved.
That seems awfully simple and widely desired, so the reason Microsoft continue to NOT implement this is...?
My guess - Adobe want a shirtload of money to allow MS to do this directly.
Jeff Bennion commented
What's weird is you can fill in form fields on Sharepoint online, but I don't see any mechanism to save the edits back to the sharepoint location it was stored in. Here's how we had to do it in my business:
1. I shared a link with an employee for him to fill out some information on a fillable PDF form
2. He opened the link and it opened in his browser.
3. Chose the "Open in Browser" option on Microsoft Edge Chromium
3. He was able to fill in the form fields that I directed him to.
4. OOPS! No way to save or anything, so my employee had to:
5. Download the PDF I had shared
6. Open the PDF in Adobe Acrobat DC
7. Make the edits AGAIN
8. Save the PDF.
9. Email the PDF to me.
10. This is lame! If a PDF is editable, or annotatable, then it ought to offer to save the edits back to the sharepoint file I have shared (with edit permissions) with this employee.
Microsoft: based on this lack of functionality, your customers are making business decisions to move further from your platform.
One example: we anticipate that SBA's PPP loan forgiveness process will include fillable PDFs, (as the PPP application process did). We're now developing a SharePoint site for other aspects of the process. Since PDF's are ~not~ fillable, it will reduce our reliance on Sharepoint, encourage inquiries with other vendors, and make it less likely for us to use Sharepoint for future needs.
Rob Nicholson commented
I join the long list of people who are amazed this isn't solved yet. Actually I don't want Microsoft to attempt to solve editing (markup mainly) of PDF - leave that to the 3rd party vendors who understand PDF a lot better.
But why oh why aren't there hooks in SharePoint to "Open in XYZ" where XYZ is a list of user definable apps like "Open in Nitro Pro" or "Open in Foxit PhantomPDF" or even "Open in Photoshop"? it's obviously possible because there is "Open in Word" etc.
This is a "must have" feature. But, beyond Acrobat we would prefer that Bluebeam and other PDF editing tools be available.
Jason Hyett commented
I don't even understand why this isn't a thing. I spent hours creating beautiful fillable forms, only to have them open incorrectly, with buttons in the wrong place and my reset button doesn't even work. Why can't I have it open in adobe? This is a horrible oversight.
Allowing editing of PDF forms would provide a realistic replacement for InfoPath. Since Microsoft's PowerApp solution for forms is so difficult to use, and Adobe Acrobat DC makes creating forms so easy, combining a PDF form with either Power Automate or Azure Logic Apps would pave the way for people to get rid of InfoPath and SharePoint Designer workflows.
Its 2020 and sad to see this feature has not been included yet. Please find a quick fix. Our end users are starting to look at other options
Now Adobe is trying to sell Adobe Sign to fill the gap. This is such a simple feature that is critical to simplifying workflows involving signatures.
Mike Williams commented
There's an earlier uservoice ticket for this with 10 times as many votes! https://sharepoint.uservoice.com/forums/329214-sites-and-collaboration/suggestions/12336546-open-adobe-pdf-in-client-application
Anamaria L commented
How is this feature missing still?
its 2019, almost 2020, this should be a default feature!
Ron Rosenbaum commented
Without this feature we find users start syncing to OneDrive instead of working live in SharePoint/Teams. Many users have well over the 300,000 files in libraries that OneDrive supports and we constantly have support issues wasting hours of our time and really diminishing the end user experience. If we could edit PDF files online or just have them open in the default desktop app and automatically save where they are supposed to it would simplify things. i know there are some integrations with Acrobat DC paid versions, but they offer little functionality compared to other PDF editing products and cost nearly as much as a Microsoft 365 Business subscriptions. They offer value, but are WAY over priced for what they deliver and users tend to not want to pay for it.
OK Microsoft - you have not really delivered on the dream of Teams (and I do love Teams!) until you allow some basic PDF functionality. Thanks for your genius and your hard work!
Brian Gaudreault commented
I vote my support for this feature since not having this affects me directly. Thanks
Geez, this isn't an option yet? Last I heard back in 2018 is that Adobe and MS was working on this integration...Why is it taking this long? Doesn't Dropbox already have this feature? One would assume this would not be that difficult if it was done on other platforms but I am not a programmer...
Our company has so many fillable PDFs that we need to be able to use on SPO - please fix this issue!
These seems like a now brainer? Our workflow consists of having a few different signers but it is not possible in Sharepoint. The extra time to save to desktop and re upload to Sharepoint is not an options with hundreds of apps per day. This has forced us to look at other solutions. All we need is to be able to add a signature with the free version of Adobe DC like everyone can do from their desktop. This is very disappointing to not have such basic functionality.
Sharon Stroeder commented
Please make this feature available for SharePoint online in the same manner that you do with Word documents
They know full well the business use case of pdf signatures and markup directly in SP. It is easily achievable, if they weren’t squabbling over how to mutually monetize it. As if paying for E1 licenses and overpriced Adobe applications wasn’t enough of a revenue stream... pure greed at its best.