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.
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.”