Adobe buys EchoSign, aims to make digital signatures the norm

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.

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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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  • RE: Adobe buys EchoSign, aims to make digital signatures the norm

    Adobe already has digital signature capability built into PDFs (I use it and like it). It costs nothing extra. Your article mentioned the dreaded word "subscription." I hope that doesn't mean a perfectly satisfactory solution (for me at least) will now be replaced with a more costly option.
    LKJCPA
    • RE: Adobe buys EchoSign, aims to make digital signatures the norm

      @LKJCPA Yes, this is very true, it's already built in. <a href="http://www.ehireacar.com">Hire a Car</a>
      molly83
  • RE: Adobe buys EchoSign, aims to make digital signatures the norm

    Secured Signing user based PKI digital signature online service provides just that! Users are able to eliminate the paper trail in a secure and compliant way with just a click of a mouse.
    John Webster
    Full disclosure - I am proudly working for Secured Signing
    john_webster
  • GpG anyone?

    Gpg (Gnu Privacy Guard) has been included by default in most, if not all, distributions of Linux for quite some time now. The Kgpg GUI version contains all that?s necessary to encrypt, decrypt, and to digitally sign a document or file from a GUI.
    Sagax-
  • RE: Adobe buys EchoSign, aims to make digital signatures the norm

    Or, you could try the industry leader DocuSign (The Adobe ES feature claims to be number one, but has fractional market share comparatively). Set up a free account at docusign dot com.
    MedinaMan13