We know that Microsoft is continuing to change its products one after another and version to version. In that context, Office 365 is no exception. One of the things about Office 365 is that it changes all the time. The much-awaited recent changes (June 2019) are that now we can modify the PDF from SharePoint Online itself – which is a piece of awesome news to many SharePoint Online users like me. Microsoft and Adobe have worked together to make PDF files work better with SharePoint Online.
Challenges we had in PDF editing from SharePoint (Edit PDF File in SharePoint Online)
Earlier, the problem was that PDF files needed to be downloaded from SharePoint Online to the local workstation to work with and then, uploaded back to SharePoint. This was a traditional way of working with PDF editing. Despite being able to work with PDF files in SharePoint on-premises libraries, the lack of support for the same functionality in SharePoint Online has been a source of frustration for users and tenant administrators alike.
Advantages of editing PDF from SharePoint Online (Edit PDF online)
But now, if you install the new file handler, named the Adobe Document Cloud PDF Experience for Office 365, things get much smoother for PDFs. This is designed to deepen the integrations with SharePoint and OneDrive.
Now, you can do inline commenting, drawing, highlighting the selected text, and much more stuff. The Adobe Document Cloud also now supports single sign-on with Azure Active Directory which is an awesome feature – this establishes seamless connectivity between SharePoint Online and Adobe Document Cloud, which is dramatically simplifying the log-in and avoiding the multiple account sign-ins.
How to configure and integrate the Adobe Document Cloud with SharePoint Online (Edit PDF File in SharePoint Online)?
Click on the “Get IT NOW” button. You will get the following registration page.
If you are already logged in to your SharePoint Online environment, this will pick your tenant account details automatically. Then, you can see the message at the bottom of the page like ”You are signed in as )> – but if you are not signed in to your SharePoint Online environment, you need to fill up the required fields.
Finally, you need to select the terms and conditions (checkbox) – then click on the “Continue” button.
After clicking on the “Continue” button, we need to wait for some time. On the screen, we can see the below progress bar dots – “taking you to Adobe Document Cloud PDF Experience for Office 365 to complete this process”
After some time, we’ll get this window.
Select the checkbox, consent on behalf of your organization in Permission Requested in Adobe Document Cloud
Click on the “Accept” button.
The above checkbox says – if you select this checkbox, no individual users from your tenant will be prompted with this agreement message. By checking this, basically, you are installing this product on behalf of your organization – this is cool stuff.
After clicking on the “Accept” button again, it will show the installation status bar (dots) like below and we need to wait for some time.
Finally, we’ll land on this page – “Deploy the Adobe PDF experience to your organization”.
Click on “Deploy as an Administrator“.
We’ll get the below screen.
Here, we need to click on the “Deploy with Consent” button.
Now, we’ll get the login screen to Microsoft Online.
If your account displays here, select it and proceed further for login; otherwise, use the “Use another account” option for a fresh login.
Now, we’ll get the below screen where we need to click on the “Accept” button from the “Permissions requested Accept for your organization”
Now, we’ll see a progress bar (dots) in the “Permissions requested Accept for your organization” page Wait for some time.
And finally, we’ll be landing on the below page with a message. The message says that even though the file handler is deployed successfully, it might take 24-36 hours to get this functionality available due to the infrastructure caching.
“File Handler Deployed successfully. Please be aware that Microsoft Infrastructure caching typically delays this functionality from showing up within OneDrive and SharePoint for 24-36 hours”
For additional (optional) settings, scroll a little down until you get the below section.
Scroll a little more on the page. We’ll get the “You’re Finished” message. Boom, we are done!!!
“You’re Finished! Start using the integration through office 365, My Office 365”
A practical example of PDF editing: Edit PDF File in SharePoint Online
Now, navigate to your SharePoint site through Office 365 root navigation, like below.
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