Adobe buys EchoSign, aims to make digital signatures the norm

Summary:Anyone that has printed out PDFs, signed them and scanned or faxed the document somewhere may rejoice over Adobe's acquisition of EchoSign.

Anyone that has printed out PDFs, signed them and scanned or faxed the document somewhere may rejoice over Adobe's acquisition of EchoSign.

Adobe said Monday that it acquired EchoSign, a startup that provides electronic signature technology. Adobe plans to take EchoSign's technology and integrate it in its document exchange services.

For those of us stuck with paper-based processes anything to make electronic signatures more widely adopted will be welcome.

The general idea here is that enterprises will be able to swap documents for review and approval easily. EchoSign has three million users or so and will ultimately be integrated into Adobe's services such as SendNow, FormsCentral and CreatePDF.

EchoSign's offers a subscription service to businesses to automate and track signatures and approvals while centralizing storage. There are also interfaces to plug into Salesforce and NetSuite.

Disclosure: I've faxed back or overnighted enough PDFs to make me hurl so I'm quite jazzed about anything on the digital signature front that could make my life easier.

Topics: Security, Banking, Enterprise Software

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