Adobe Acquires Echosign, Mulls Integration with SendNow, FormsCentral

Flash maker Adobe has moved to acquire electronic signatures and signature automation company Echosign.

Adobe, which is the creator of the PDF document standard which is widely used around the world for official documents, said that the acquisition will allow it to add new features to its document exchange system.Electronic signatures allow people to digitally sign documents without having to print, scan and mail them.

In a press release, Adobe said that it plans to integrate Echosign’s solutions to its online document exchange systems. The solutions will be integrated with SendNow, which is used for managed file transfer, FormsCentral for form creation and CreatePDF, which is used for creating PDF files online.

Echosign’s automated solutions allow users to automate the signature process, from signing the documents to distributing them.

"Adobe's document solutions help organisations turn inefficient, paper-based workflows into streamlined electronic ones," said Kevin M. Lynch, vice president and general manager of Acrobat Solutions, Digital Enterprise Solutions, Adobe.

"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." he added.