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Adobe PDF Services connector for Microsoft Power Automate
Adobe PDF Services connector brings the power of Adobe Acrobat 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 creates an environment where any supported service can be inter-connected. The use cases for the Adobe PDF Services connector are:
- Agreements and Contracts
- Content Publishing (Reports, Whitepapers)
- Client/Employee Onboarding
- Financial Reporting & Invoices
- Data Analysis & Retrieval
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.
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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.
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.
If you don't see the Power Automate app, contact your Microsoft 365 administrator.
In the Search field, type Adobe PDF Services.
Select the Adobe PDF Services connector.
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.
After you sign in, on the left rail, click Data, and then click Connections.
In the Search field, type Adobe PDF Services.
Choose the Adobe PDF Services connector.
You can create two types of apps: canvas and model-driven apps. For more information, see Overview of creating apps in PowerApps.
While creating your app, you can add a workflow or task with Adobe PDF Services by using the native integration of Power Automate inside PowerApps by doing the following in the app design interface:
Choose an object in the app.
To configure the workflow, click Flows.
How to get credentials?
Currently, the Adobe PDF Services Power Automate connector does not support the latest OAuth Server-to-Server credentials. Until the support for this feature is officially released, it's recommended to utilize the Service Account (JWT) credentials instead.
Getting started with PDF Services API is easy with just a few steps:
After creating a free Adobe account, you’ll obtain your credentials that can be used for all the PDF actions in your flows.
Set up your connection
Add your credentials to the Adobe PDF Services 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
- Private Key - both Base64 encoded and unencoded private keys are accepted
Once you complete these steps, you can add any of the PDF Services connector actions to your flow.
Adobe PDF Services 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 Services.
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 Services actions
For a current and detail list of available actions, refer the documentation.
Resources and Help
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