Adobe Gains Electronic Signature Capabilities With EchoSign Buy

Adobe said EchoSign would become a key component of its document exchange services platform that's used to exchange documents for universal access, review and approval.

"Adobe’s document solutions help organizations turn inefficient, paper-based workflows into streamlined electronic ones," said Kevin Lynch, vice president and general manager of Acrobat Solutions, Digital Enterprise Solutions, Adobe, in a statement. "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."

EchoSign automates the entire signature process from requests for signatures to the distribution and execution of a form, contract or agreement. That improves the whole process of sending, tracking and signing digital documents, Adobe said.

The EchoSign technology, which has some three million users, will be sold as part of Adobe's online document exchange services. The EchoSign software will be integrated with other Adobe document services including SendNow for managed file transfer, FormsCentral for form creation and CreatePDF for online PDF creation.

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Adobe said the founders of Palo Alto, Calif.-based EchoSign and all full-time employees would join Adobe.