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January 10, 2012 /Electronic Signatures /

Adobe Reader and EchoSign: one step closer to making e-signatures universal

In September, we announced EchoSign for Adobe Reader – a first step in the integration of Adobe EchoSign technology with Adobe’s document solutions and services. Today, we are proud to reveal another major milestone that will make it easier than ever for businesses to “seal the deal” and keep up with the demands of a growing mobile workforce.  Now, Adobe Reader users will be able to send PDF files to be signed from within the application as well as sign documents electronically themselves. The new update makes Adobe Reader a one-stop shop for electronic signatures.

With the new update, when you open a PDF document to be signed with Adobe Reader, you will have the option to place a scanned copy of your signature into the document. What if you don’t have the ability to scan an image of your signature? Don’t worry; we have that covered too. Using Adobe EchoSign, you can sign a document yourself by using the “Only I Sign” feature, which gives you the option to either draw in your own signature using a mouse or simply type it in.

When you need to get signatures on a PDF document, simply open it in the new version of Adobe Reader and use the “Send for Signature” button. Your document will automatically be uploaded to Adobe EchoSign, initiating the workflow to get a document signed using Adobe EchoSign. Through the EchoSign UI, you can drag and drop fields on the document for not only e-signatures, but also initials, contact information, company, title, or any other customized form field, before sending the document for signature. You also can get status updates and track the progress of your signature process through the EchoSign UI.

Documents signed using Adobe EchoSign are protected by the Federal E-SIGN Act, which makes online electronic signatures in a commercial transaction equivalent to a written signature so both you and your client can rest assured that signed document is 100 percent legal.

There are many use cases for electronic signatures. Tell us how Adobe EchoSign helps you get the job done faster.

By Jason Lemkin, vice president of Web business services at Adobe 


Categories: Electronic Signatures


  • By Nick - 11:26 AM on January 19, 2012   Reply

    Nice! Cool App

  • By selina fontenot - 4:08 PM on February 18, 2012   Reply

    need this app to sign for my credit card

    • By Adobe - 12:27 PM on February 21, 2012   Reply

      Perfect usage, thanks!

  • By Marjorie T. McDonald - 9:53 AM on March 3, 2012   Reply

    I understand that this is a free Adobe Reader X update. I have trouble pulling up attachments at present.

  • By Andi Lesmana - 9:24 PM on March 6, 2012   Reply

    Dwonloud adobe reader not connex this my computer, what do it..??

  • By Christine Blythe - 9:46 AM on March 26, 2012   Reply

    I wish I’d known about this a couple of months ago. We’re in the middle of conducting some legal tasks with a company over 3500 km away and the only way I could send ‘signed’ documents was by snail mail.

    This would have (and will be) a great option for quick turnaround and response.

    I’m always amazed at the innovations in conducting business online.

    • By Adobe - 11:54 AM on March 26, 2012   Reply

      Hi, Christine. Thanks for letting us know. We’re happy to know you’ll have a great solution for next time!

  • By mary lashley - 5:02 AM on March 29, 2012   Reply

    Need this echosign to sign for my credit card

    • By Adobe - 6:03 AM on March 30, 2012   Reply

      Glad to hear it! Please check to learn more about Echosign’s capabilities.

  • By Eduarda Rivas Mendo - 10:22 PM on March 29, 2012   Reply


  • By Colin Howard - 1:08 AM on April 26, 2012   Reply

    Right in the middle of an insurance claim requiring signed and annotated documents between two Insurance Cos, one Service Engineer, my wife and I.
    Couldn’t have come at a better time.
    Congratulations, as always – ADOBE ROCKS!

    • By Adobe - 5:19 PM on April 26, 2012   Reply

      We absolutely love hearing stories like theis — glad that we could help! Thanks!

  • By manta dan e - 1:54 AM on May 12, 2012   Reply

    how may i download adobe in my phone

    • By Adobe - 11:58 AM on May 14, 2012   Reply

      Hi Nuelmanta. What type of mobile phone are you using? We’re happy to point you in the right direction.

  • By esign - 2:49 AM on May 23, 2012   Reply

    That is really great news, i think adobe and echosign putting valid effort to make e signature available for universal use, most of the people are using digital methods to sign documents but now with more attractive features, it has become integral part of every organization.

    • By Adobe - 12:53 PM on May 25, 2012   Reply

      Thanks for the kind words Martin!

  • By spencer - 11:06 AM on September 17, 2012   Reply

    I get this error when i upload a doc. “an error occured while trying to upload this document” what is needed in order to upload docs?

    • By ___________________________________________ - 5:36 PM on September 17, 2012   Reply

      Hi Spencer. It sounds like you’re trying to upload a PDF to our ExportPDF service. Try the troubleshooting steps outlined here:

  • By BG - 8:49 AM on July 23, 2013   Reply

    Can I take an image of my signature with my phone, and place that image on the PDF using my phone and the Adobe reader installed?

    • By joiemikitson - 2:54 PM on July 23, 2013   Reply

      Hi – sounds like a really great idea, but no as this could potentially be security risk.

  • By ___________________________________________ - 5:05 PM on June 27, 2012   Reply

    Hi J. Sorry to hear about your experience – EchoSign is fully integrated with Adobe Reader, but can also be used with Acrobat. You can find more information on this subject here:

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