Adobe is launching another offensive into the online office collaboration market with a new addition to its Acrobat.com service that lets groups of users share virtual workspaces.
The workspaces feature, which just went live on the Acrobat.com site, is aimed at teams who are working in different locations. Each workspace looks and acts the same as a user's individual collection of files. However, its creator can select other administrators and contributors who can manage what gets stored there. This level of control can also be applied on a per-file basis, so you can give certain users access to make edits, while leaving others with read-only privileges.
As with any other folder of work in Acrobat.com, users can dump any old file they want into the Web storage. Text documents, spreadsheets, and PDFs can be opened within Acrobat's online viewers and editors. Each file can be up to 100MB in size, a cap Adobe told CNET it plans to increase in a future update.
The new workspaces feature comes with a few caveats, the biggest one being that users of the free tier of service can only create one workspace. They are, however, free to join anyone else's workspaces (if invited) without any sort of limits. Premium Basic users can create up to 20 workspaces, while Premium Plus users get to make an unlimited number.
The other current drawback is that these workspaces can only be viewed and moderated from the Web site and not Adobe's Acrobat.com mobile app. Though it's not going to be like that for long. In a call with CNET last week, director of product management for Acrobat.com Rick Treitman said an update is in the works that will address this.
Adobe's last big update to Acrobat.com was a complete interface overhaul, which took place back in November. According to the company, some 10 million users have signed up for the service, with around 100,000 new sign-ups per week. Adobe would not, however, go into detail about what percentage of those users were using its paid services, which the company launched last June.