Overview

Adobe PDF Tools connector brings the power of Adobe Document Services to all your connected Microsoft applications through Power Automate flows. Realize cost savings and increased productivity by implementing cloud-based document workflows without any code. With access to over twenty PDF API actions, build customized document workflows that are connected to the ecosystem of applications and services in Microsoft Power Platform.

Power Automate flows create an environment where any supported service can be inter-connected. The use cases for the Adobe PDF Tools connector are:

  • Agreements.
  • Content Publishing.
  • Onboarding.

Microsoft Power Automate

Microsoft Power Automate is a tool that connects different apps and services into coordinated multi-step workflows so that repetitive tasks can be automated without the need for complex API coding.

There are three Power Automate concepts that drive all workflows. The first is that all services can expose their API through a Connector to the service. Connectors may have Triggers that start workflows. Connectors must have Actions that drive what happens within the workflow. There are common logical connectors between actions that control the workflow based on parameters generated by previous actions.

Microsoft PowerApps

PowerApps is a suite of apps, services, connectors, and data platform that provides a rapid application development environment to build custom apps for your business needs. Using PowerApps, you can quickly build custom business apps that connect to your business data stored either in the underlying data platform (Common Data Service) or in various online and on-premises data sources (SharePoint, Excel, Office 365, Dynamics 365, SQL Server, and so on).

Apps built using PowerApps provide rich business logic and workflow capabilities to transform your manual business processes to digital, automated processes. Further, apps built using PowerApps have a responsive design, and can run seamlessly in browser or on mobile devices (phone or tablet). PowerApps "democratizes" the custom business app building experience by enabling users to build feature-rich, custom business apps without writing code.

Prerequisites

Adobe PDF Tools Connector for Microsoft Power Automate requires credentials to access. You can obtain credentials through our generous Free Trial with 1000 PDF Transactions for up to six months. Once your trial is exhausted, there are multiple purchase options available. Fill out the form to know the pricing options or get started now with our free trial.

Accessing the Power Automate interface

To access the Power Automate interface, login to your Microsoft 365 organization. Click the Applications icon on the upper-left corner of the window, and choose Power Automate. You are then redirected to the Power Automate home page: https://flow.microsoft.com.

Note:

If you don't see the Power Automate app, contact your Microsoft 365 administrator.

Click Applications icon

On the Power Automate home page do the following:

  1. Click Connectors in the left rail of the page.

  2. In the Search field, type Adobe PDF Tools.

  3. Select the Adobe PDF Tools connector.

    Connectors

Accessing the PowerApps interface

To create an app, start with powerapps.com. Make sure you have an appropriate PowerApps license. If not, contact your Microsoft 365 administrator for help.

  1. After you sign in, on the left rail, click Data, and then click Connections.

  2. In the Search field, type Adobe PDF Tools.

  3. Choose the Adobe PDF Tools connector.

    Choose Data > Connections > Adobe PDF Tools API

You can create two types of apps: canvas and model-driven apps. For more information, see Overview of creating apps in PowerApps.

Make your own app

While creating your app, you can add a workflow or task with Adobe PDF Tools by using the native integration of Power Automate inside PowerApps by doing the following in the app design interface:

  1. Choose an object in the app.

  2. Click Action.

  3. To configure the workflow, click Flows.

    Action

How to get credentials?

Getting started with PDF Tools API is easy with just a few steps:

  1. Sign up for a free trial account here.

    Adobe PDF tools
  2. After creating a free trial, you’ll obtain your credentials that can be used for all the PDF actions in your flows.

  3. Set up your connection

    Add your credentials to the Adobe PDF Tools Connector. You can do this by copying the below mentioned credential details to your one-time connector setup:

    • Client ID 
    • Client Secret 
    • Organization ID 
    • Account ID 
    • Base64 Encoded Private Key 
    PDF Tools API credentials

    Once you complete these steps, you can add any of the PDF Tools Connector actions to your flow. 

Adobe PDF Tools Actions

Actions

An action represents what you want to happen after the workflow is triggered. Actions allow users to perform operations that can create or manipulate PDF documents using Adobe PDF Tools.

Each action has one or more required (and/or optional) inputs that are needed for the action to be implemented correctly.

The action produces a document output. For example, creating a PDF from a Word document provides you a PDF of that same document or exporting a PDF to a PowerPoint file provides you the output format of PowerPoint.

List of Adobe PDF Tools actions

For a current and detail list of available actions, refer the documentation.

Resources and Help

For technical questions, feel free to post on our forum.