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Adobe EchoSign: free contract management, e-signatures

Offering new competition in the marketplace, now, anyone with the free Adobe Reader has legally binding digital signatures and document storage for free, saving time and money for millions of businesses.

Adobe acquisitions save businesses big dollars

Adobe has not only acquired EchoSign, an e-Signature platform, the company integrates with Dropbox and Box.net, which store documents in the cloud for collaboration. Combining EchoSign and cloud computing with Adobe makes free tools that once cost large amounts of money. Additionally, business professionals are looking to this new suite to save time, reduce the learning curve for all parties, and does not automatically lock a document, allowing real time updates to any PDF. The service is already in use by companies like Groupon, Facebook, Comcast and Pandora.

Adobe says there is nothing to install or download for anyone who already has the free Adobe Reader, and can be used by anyone with a desktop or mobile device, streamlining the signature process. Now any document can be edited and sent out for legally binding e-Signatures, compatible with the iPhone, iPad, Android and more, and in most cases, users with the updated Adobe Reader already have EchoSign built in, whether they know it or not.

Users can send documents from their EchoSign library, photo album, email attachment, or through other apps like Dropbox and Box.net. Live status updates are offered on all agreements being tracked, and executed agreements are stored in a user’s EchoSign account. Additionally, users can add sticky notes for others to read, offering explanations or directions to a PDF out for signature.

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Adobe seeks to make EchoSign ubiquitous

Mark Grilli, Senior Director of Product Marketing, Acrobat Solutions at Adobe said in a statement, “There’s no question that eSignatures are changing how we do business today. That’s why we want to make our EchoSign eSignature service as ubiquitous, as, well, Adobe Reader. We expect it will make electronic signatures the common way for people to sign documents whether from their desktops or their mobile devices.”

EchoSign added, “We’ve also dramatically enhanced our desktop Reader eSignature capabilities for the 1,000,000,000 users of desktop Reader. Now, just like on the EchoSign web app, you can e-sign freehand with a mouse or type your signature; fill-in and save forms (a first for a free Adobe PDF product); and send out for signature via EchoSign. And both mobile and desktop readers will remember and save your signature for next time.”

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8 Comments

8 Comments

  1. FlatFeeRealtyCT

    May 12, 2012 at 7:42 am

    This is pretty cool stuff. Great that Adobe took over Echo Sign, but FREE = only 5 signatures a month, not enough for most.

  2. Roland Estrada

    May 12, 2012 at 10:19 am

    I prefer Docusign. 

  3. David Pylyp

    May 12, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    OK Love it!

  4. Kathy Howe

    May 12, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    Lani, we can always leave it to you to get the word out!! Thanks. In AZ REALTORS are now on eSignature company #2 and I personally use Adobe now to digitally sign things that go out from me… to be able to use Adobe and not have to worry about a change in companies… I’ll be looking into this today… and sharing among my contacts. You rock, girl!

  5. Dee Bundy

    May 12, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    If our local MLS contracts weren’t auto-filled for docusign I’d be pretty tempted to switch. Great option for folks not already using an eSig service though. It’s such a huge efficiency boost!

  6. Roland Estrada

    May 13, 2012 at 1:48 am

    Excuse me, how is this more efficient that Docusign? It’s always nice to have an alternative but I’m not feeling warm and fuzzy about. 

  7. rhoward80

    May 19, 2012 at 11:06 am

    I am using RightSignature and i am happy with it. It’s ease of use and integration with various platforms make it my No. 1 choice.

  8. henrybennet

    June 5, 2012 at 11:07 am

    U can also use a new e-signature service: Universign. U have 10 signature for free.

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