Thanks for the link George, but that didn't lead to the answers to my questions. The Q's and A's are very vague with techno babble. I even tried to call Adobe (a horrible 2 hour phone call). I'm still trying to get my questions answered. It shouldn't be this hard and so time consuming.
I hope someone can provide some first hand knowledge answers to put me out of my misery.
I'll try answering to the best of my knowledge:
Can I share files with other people if I had a Cloud account? - Yes
If so, Can I limit the time they have access to the files? - I don't think so. You can cancel their access to the files whenever you want, though.
Can I access the files on iPads and mobile phones? - Yes
Do the people you share files with have the option to download the file(s)? - Yes, otherwise it's useless to them
How and where do I get an account? With whom? - Adobe's website. Create an account and you'll have access to the Cloud.
Do I purchase it? - I think you can use it in a limited fashion for free. If you purchase a cloud subscription then you have access to more features/space.
Is it web based only? - A cloud is web-based by definition.
thanks for the feedback. What I'm hoping to do is have the recipient view the doc online as if they were using the Reader, but not allow downloading the doc. So in essence, they could see it but not download it.
The cloud is just (shared) online storage. It has nothing to do with how the file is being viewed or what it contains.
Mobile viewers can view the file if they have a viewer app installed for that file type. It can be Adobe Acrobat Reader, or anything else. And you can't make the file viewable and prevent it from being downloaded. The former is a prerequisite of the latter.
I came to that same conclusion, slowly. It's something new I just now learned about it, but I was, I guess blinded by my hopes, that I wanted it to be what I wanted to see. Now, I understand. Thanks.