Adobe’s history is one of not only inventing and adapting amazing technology, but also making those same innovations easy to use. Over ten years ago, we took the complex world of public key infrastructure (PKI) & digital certificates, and in turn, made digital signing a one-click process on a PDF within Acrobat and Reader on your PC or Mac. So it naturally follows that yesterday Adobe continued this trend towards great technology made simple and announced that it had acquired leading electronic signature provider EchoSign.
EchoSign offers an easy-to-use, yet fully-featured, electronic signature service that allows users, from individuals to large enterprises, to easily upload documents, set up a signing workflow, and have recipients sign with a simple click-through process.
Signatures are utterly ubiquitous today…so much so, that we don’t even recognize how often and in how many different ways we are signing off on things. Of course, we’re all well-aware when we’re signing a legal document in person, like a mortgage or rental agreement. But we’re also assenting to a purchase when we chicken-scratch our signature on grocery store point-of-sale terminals. (OK, that’s my chicken scratch.) Did you know we’re also signing and assenting to a contract when we install software, or agree to privacy terms on a website, by clicking an ‘I agree’ button?
The truth is, there are many different ways in which we can express our intent. In the paper world, some agreements require the signatures of multiple parties. Others, by tradition, necessitate the signer use dozens of pens to sign one name! Yet others require the use of specially designed stamps. Different types of signatures for different types of transactions.
These same variations carry over into the electronic realm, based on
necessity, expediency, cost, regulations, and local and national laws.
We’ve explained in this blog what electronic signatures are and how they work. Adobe eSignatures, launched last week, provides yet another option – a very convenient way to send documents out for electronic signature minus the cost of express delivery.