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Adobe picks up e-signature firm EchoSign

Adobe has bought the electronic signature company EchoSign, the software giant said on Monday.In a statement, Adobe said it would incorporate EchoSign's one-click e-signature automation technology into its document exchange services platform.
Written by David Meyer, Contributor

Adobe has bought the electronic signature company EchoSign, the software giant said on Monday.

In a statement, Adobe said it would incorporate EchoSign's one-click e-signature automation technology into its document exchange services platform. The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

"By adding electronic signature capabilities to Adobe's document exchange services platform, we will be addressing the need to provide better customer experiences by significantly reducing the time, cost and complexity associated with having a document signed," Adobe Acrobat chief Kevin Lynch said in the statement.

EchoSign's technology automates the e-signature process, from the request for signature to the subsequent form distribution or execution. The service is subscription-based and comes with APIs to incorporate it into companies' document management systems. It is already integrated into products from the likes of Salesforce.com and NetSuite.

In the statement, EchoSign chief executive Jason Lemkin said the combination of his firm's technology and Adobe's market reach would help e-signatures "soon become the common way for people to sign documents".

Adobe said it will integrate the technology into its SendNow, FormsCentral and CreatePDF products.

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