This week there were quite a number of releases for mobile including new printing possibilities for mobile users from Accellion and Ricoh. SkyDrive Pro is now available for Windows, while Adobe is offering Photoshop Express for Windows 8, and Cognidox releases XtraNet for document portals.

SkyDrive Pro for Windows

News from SkyDrive this week with the release of a new SkyDrive Pro client, a standalone client that enables users of SharePoint 2013 and SharePoint Online in Office 365 to sync their personal team site document libraries to their own devices, or desktops, for work offline.

The new client can be installed standalone and, even better, doesn’t require users to buy any version of Office. That said, it can be installed beside previous versions of Office going back to 2007, but does seem to draw the line there.

For those that have Office 365 Pro Plus, Office 365 Small Business Premium and Office Professional Plus 2013, there is no need to install it as it is already available with these editions.

Once you have installed it, to sync your documents you only have to click on the SYNC in the top right-hand corner and the syncing process will start. If you want to find out more about this, check out the Office blog here.

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SkyDrive Pro client

Mobile Printing with Accellion, Ricoh

In the printing space this week, Accellion and Ricoh have announced a new partnership that will enable secure printing from iOS and Android devices.

The mobile printing space is one of the really strong performing areas in document management and this partnership pulls together two of the better known players in either area.

Accellion has been developing enterprise-class secure mobile sharing solutions since it became clear that there was a market, while Ricoh has been providing imaging and printing solutions for…well just about forever.

Under terms of the agreement, Accellion Mobile Apps for both iOS and Android will now feature embedded printing technology from Ricoh. As a result, users will be able to print securely from any mobile device to any corporate mobile printer without using a Virtual Private Network (VPN).

Citing IDC research from 2011, the statement announcing the partnership says that mobile printing will be worth US$1 billion by 2015 and is likely to keep growing after that. This partnership is well positioned to take a sizable share of that in the coming years.

Adobe’s Free Photoshop Express

You may recall earlier this month Adobe announced that it was moving its Creative Suite tools to a subscription model only. While many were okay with it, there were many who were outraged.

It’s possible, then, that this week’s announcement is an attempt to extend an olive branch, small as it may be. It comes in the shape of Adobe Photoshop Express for Windows 8 devices and it’s free.

Photoshop Express is a free photo-editing app that offers users a whole pile of familiar tools that will enable them to edit and touch-up photos from a mobile device.

It is available for both iOS and Android and also comes with integration with Adobe Revel enabling user’s to access, edit and share entire Photo libraries across Windows 8 devices.

The thing about it is that it doesn’t really offer any functionality that doesn’t already come with other free photo editing tools like Paint that comes pre-installed with some tablets already.

For those who are using Photoshop already, it offers a familiar interface, but really, that’s about it. We did say it was a small olive branch and it’s not likely to sooth the seething tempers of many CS users who, judging by some bulletin boards are still pretty angry.

Cognidox Releases XtraNet

Finally this week, document management vendor Cognidox has announced the launch of XtraNet, a new virtual private cloud (VPC) offering that enables marketing, operations and product management personnel to provide flexible web portals for customers without needing help from IT departments.

Using XtraNet, users can set up sophisticated portals that can publish and manage outbound documents in different formats with access to content provided by Cognidox’s licensing engine.

All uploaded and/or downloaded data is encrypted with 2048-bit SSL technology and each domain-validated certificate uses unique keys for each customer.

XtraNet consists of two key elements -- a customer-facing interface and an administrator interface. The customer-facing web portal re-uses branding from a company’s public website while the backend gives administrators control over what documents are published. If you’re interested in a free trial check it out here.