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Adobe DPS announces strong readership metrics, free license to .folio file spec

Adobe DPS Metrics

Today, Adobe made several announcements about the Adobe® Digital Publishing Suite (DPS) – where it is today and where it’s heading. And the news is exciting. With more than 150 million digital publications built with DPS downloaded – some 80% of all digital issues on mobile devices – DPS has been changing the way publishers and companies connect to their readers and customers around the world.

And even better, we’re offering a free license to our .folio format for digital magazines in 2014. This free license will enable any newsstand licensee to implement its own .folio viewer and increase the availability of DPS magazine apps.

For full details, take a look at the announcement on the Adobe Digital Publishing blog.

Enabling Friction Free Business – Adobe’s eSignature Roadmap

At Adobe, we’ve been innovating on digital documents for decades. Today, we deliver the most comprehensive eSigning portfolio, from digital signatures in Adobe Acrobat to Adobe EchoSign.

  • 50 million agreements have been signed on the EchoSign platform, which is now accelerating at a rate of more than 3 million agreements per month.
  • Organizations using EchoSign include more than 100 banks as well as companies like Citrix, Foursquare, Groupon, KIA Motors, Marketo, Netapp, Ricoh, Time Warner Cable, TiVo, and more.
  • More than 1.8 million customers are using Adobe Acrobat digital signatures across the Federal government, healthcare and pharmaceuticals, financial services, and more.
  • 30 million users are signing their personal documents with Adobe Reader, which is deployed across 800 million PCs and 300 million mobile devices worldwide.

Adobe ResearchBut there’s still a great deal of work to do.  According to our research, less than 10 percent of all contracts in North America are signed electronically. This means important documents are being printed and signed the old fashioned way, which slows business down, creates risk and can be error prone. Whether it’s a sales contract being sent from Salesforce.com, or a new employee onboarding document that’s part of a Taleo workflow, we don’t think companies should be printing, faxing, or “over-nighting” these critical documents. That’s where eSignatures can have a huge impact.

LOOKING FORWARD

To help our customers and partners plan their eSignature implementation initiatives, we are revealing our top-level roadmap for friction-free business with a new digital document platform. In the next 30 days, we’ll deliver two key updates:  EchoSign for Salesforce v14, as well as a major new EchoSign winter release. We’ll provide more detail here in the next few weeks, so stay tuned.  More broadly, we are delighted to share how we will innovate over the next 6 to 12 months across three key areas: advancing security, ease of use, and expanding our cloud capabilities.

SECURITY & IDENTITY

Digital Signature Support. In June 2012, EchoSign became the first solution provider to digitally sign and cryptographically seal documents signed through the EchoSign service. The digital seal provides persistent evidence of the authenticity of the signed document, and provides visual tamper evidence when viewed in Acrobat or Reader. We’re seeing increased adoption of Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) smartcards or tokens across government, healthcare, pharmaceutical, finance, and more – smartcards that can be used for digitally signing documents. So I’m delighted to announce that Adobe will introduce first class support for digital signatures in the EchoSign service, leveraging Acrobat and Reader. This means that Adobe EchoSign will be the only cloud-based service platform that delivers both digital signatures and electronic signatures, meeting global regulatory compliance and high-security requirements where digital signatures are needed.

Digital Rights Management. Documents transacted through the EchoSign platform frequently contain sensitive and confidential information – be it Personally Identifiable Information (PII), Personal Health Information (PHI), pricing and deal terms, or salary information. The information contained in these documents must be secured throughout its lifespan to ensure that it does not get into the wrong hands. So today we are taking the document security offered by the EchoSign platform to a new frontier: we are announcing digital rights protection for all your PDF documents that are signed using EchoSign. With this new protection, your organization will be able to control access to your critical business documents after the documents have been signed, no matter where they are stored. We are able to deliver this capability thanks to the wide-spread adoption of Adobe Reader, which is used on more than 800 million devices worldwide. This new capability will let companies control and audit access to PDF documents already sent or downloaded, enable advanced watermarking, digitally “shred” expired documents, and more.

USER EXPERIENCE

EchoSign is the industry leader on ease of use. For example, EchoSign is 30 percent more efficient than the leading competitor. EchoSign has a net promoter score of 57, whereas the next-best leading competitor has a score of 53. (Source: Independent research across more than 290 active eSignature users, commission by Adobe, Sept. 2013).   And, Adobe EchoSign is the No. 1 rated eSignature solution by community users on the Salesforce.com AppExchange:

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We are taking this to the next level with a deep bet on mobile and HTML5 experiences. Starting with the 6.7 release next month, we’re introducing a next-generation signing experience that is even easier to use. The UI will also feature new send and forms-authoring tools that support drag‐and-drop file upload, field templates, workflow templates, and redesigned document management and administrative pages. We’re also making forms more adaptable. With EchoSign, you’ll be able to create reusable form templates that include field definitions, locations and field properties that can be applied to any document. And, you’ll be able to make form field templates to place EchoSign signature fields on the document, as well as ensure the correct number of signers is applied to the document.

We’re also pushing the boundaries on mobile support. EchoSign is the only signature service to offer a widely deployed offline-signing solution for iOS. Based on customer feedback, we will be extending this unique capability to the Android platform as well as the PC and Mac OS environments through Adobe Reader.  So if you’re just signing a school permission slip or getting a multi-million dollar deal signed from your mobile device, EchoSign will continue to be the easiest solution out there.

NEXT-GENERATION CLOUD PLATFORM

Adobe EchoSign is deployed across multiple datacenters with full support for Disaster Recovery, PCI and HIPAA compliance, all housed in SSAE 16 Type 2 certified datacenters. We provide a uniquely global solution, supporting signers in more than 180 countries around the world. Today, we are announcing plans to deliver local datacenter support in both Europe and Australia in 2014, as well as our intention to enter Adobe EchoSign into the U.S. government’s FedRAMP certification program. Respectively, these are critical for organizations that require data sovereignty as well as the highest levels of cloud certification.  The majority of our customers are integrating EchoSign with existing business applications: Apttus, Box, eOriginal, Evernote, Salesforce.com, Microsoft Dynamics CRM and Office 365, NetSuite, Oracle, SAP, Xactly and more. We will be providing a deeper level of innovation across these integrations, and introducing powerful new REST API support as part of the 6.7 release for developers worldwide.

This is how eSigning should be – intuitive, ubiquitous, adaptable and secure, making business friction-free so you can close deals faster and more confidently. It should come from a vendor you trust. And it should work with your existing systems. We are excited to be investing in the future, and setting the standard for what an electronic signature platform should deliver.

Join us at DreamForce 2013, on Wednesday, November 20 at 9 a.m. to hear how our customers are currently using EchoSign to improve their business agility during our customer panel with Groupon, Electronic Arts, Conway and United Healthcare, or stop by our booth on the floor, booth N1407, Moscone Center North.

Follow Jon Perera on Twitter: @jon_perera

Adobe Saves Thousands Across the Company Using Adobe EchoSign

EchoSignSome of the happiest surprises here at Adobe are the results we realize from using our own products.

Our team members want performance, value, engagement, and experiences that make their jobs productive and rewarding, just like our customers. To make that happen, we’ve been encouraging teams throughout Adobe—such as sales, procurement, and people resources—to integrate Adobe EchoSign into their e-signature workflows.

So far, the results have been spectacular:

  • Procurement has slashed $250,000 from its operating overhead
  • Vendor contract completion is three times faster
  • People resources has cut printing costs 80% and shipping costs by $35,000

Many of my colleagues are impressed at how well automating signature processes improves productivity while it cuts costs.  We also had a really easy time integrating EchoSign with our existing technology. The Adobe EchoSign API integrated with our legacy system in only three weeks, using only one analyst, one developer, and a few software QA people.

Our sales department uses Apttus enterprise contract management system (ECM), powered by Salesforce.com to manage nondisclosure agreements. The sales team can leverage EchoSign e-sign workflows within the ECM, generating clear audit trails to expedite workflows and verify the legality of agreements. The forthcoming companywide rollout and integration of ECM with Adobe EchoSign will make contracting even faster and more reliable.

Learn more about Adobe and the benefits we yield from Adobe EchoSign by clicking here.

New Adobe EchoSign Release Delivers Offline Signing for iOS

EchoSignCustomers have been telling us that Adobe EchoSign’s ease of use and multi-device accessibility has cut their contract execution time in half, but that hasn’t left us resting on our laurels.  Today we announced an update to the Adobe EchoSign e-signing offering that includes an updated offline iOS app and other new features that enhance mobility and usability for e-signing contracts, agreements and other critical business documents.  We also announced plans for a multi-million dollar data center facility based in Chicago.  The new facility, which will come online this summer, will help to increase performance and availability and will complement the existing data center in Dallas.  Collectively, the enhancements and new data center (along with the recently announced EchoSign for SalesForce version 13) will help us continue to meet our customers’ high expectations and support the growing demand from companies who want to accelerate their business processes, improve tracking and centralize the management of signed agreements.

The new EchoSign features will help further reduce sales cycles, increase workflow productivity, and deliver an engaging user experience.  Headlining the new features is Adobe EchoSign for iOS version 2, which will allow users to get business done whether they’re online or offline plus have access to all their critical documents regardless of location.  They can sign documents offline and automatically synchronize them back to the cloud with their iPad.  Other new features include real-time calculations, where users can build fields into their contracts which get automatically calculated based on a formula or rule; improved document readability, with significantly improved image quality and performance; and better alignment with the customer’s brand and business processes when getting documents signed.

More detailed information about the updates to Adobe EchoSign can be found in the full press release here.

Ideacodes Team Joins Adobe

Adobe today announced that the Ideacodes team is joining Adobe.  Ideacodes is a leading creative consultancy, based in San Francisco, that specializes in the design and user experience of smart applications, digital products and networked communities.

“For the last nine years we’ve worked to re-envision the design of digital products and create the ultimate user experience for their customers,” said Emily Chang and Max Kiesler, co-founders of Ideacodes. “We’re thrilled to join Adobe at a time when Creative Cloud is beginning to take form, the potential to harness the power of connected networks is being realized, and the influence of good design on experience is being appreciated and expected from people worldwide.”

The co-founders of Ideacodes are joining Adobe as Creative Directors of Creative Cloud, bringing with them a wealth of knowledge and experience in design and creative strategy.

“Our job at Adobe is to deliver an incredible experience every time a customer accesses Creative Cloud,” said Jeff Veen, vice president, Product Management, Adobe Creative Cloud. “The Ideacodes team will help us realize our goal of making Creative Cloud indispensable for creatives worldwide.”

Last week we also announced that Thumb Labs, a small team of mobile developers that have worked with Behance over the years, were joining the Adobe team to bring great mobile experiences to Creative Cloud members.

We look forward to working with Emily and Max from Ideacodes!

It’s Time to Scrap Paper from Your Business

Printers, overnight mail, scanners, and fax machines are killing business productivity. More and more organizations are moving away from paper-based approaches to their critical business processes to reduce costs, improve security, and limit environmental impact.  According to a recent Adobe study, “Paper: An Endangered Species?” the majority of managers surveyed had overwhelmingly negative attitudes toward paper-based processes and cited productivity, security, attracting talent and going green as the benefits of a completely digital workflow. The research is based on interviews with 1,051 U.S. managers in small, medium and large businesses that are responsible for creating or working with contracts.

Going Digital: Improving Business Processes

Adobe’s research shows that more than half of managers surveyed believe that digital approaches simplify work. Further, companies slow to adopt fully digital practices are at a disadvantage when it comes to growing their businesses and ultimately attracting new customers. For example:

  • 51% of respondents said that a digital workflow makes filing and managing documents easier
  • 61% of managers said working digitally saves on costs
  • 32% said a digital workflow is more efficient, giving them an edge with client work and ultimately helps win new business

Paper-Based Contracts: a negative impact on trust

Our study also showed that paper impacts the trust that businesses have with partners, vendors and customers.  Unfortunately, this is particularly acute when it comes to the sanctity of contracts, the heart of business agreements:

  • More than two-thirds believe that paper-based contracts are prone to defacing
  • 60% of managers believe that password-protected electronic documents are more secure than paper documents locked in a safe
  • 56% cited the fear of losing a paper document as the top “con” of using paper

Attracting talent and going green

Our study also pointed out a growing attitude among people that it’s more prestigious to work for a company that is mostly digital:

  • 76% of respondents said they are impressed by companies that have a strong digital presence
  • 71% said they wish their company was more digital
  • 68% said that it is important for a company to operate mostly electronically versus on paper when they are deciding where to work

The last mile: moving to electronic contracts

While the vast majority of business processes – from small companies to large enterprises – have already gone digital, contracts represent the last mile for companies to go paperless. Our study showed that the tipping point for more businesses to transition to digital contracting may be on the horizon – respondents noted they would be highly interested in using an automated Web contracting tool that makes it easy to electronically sign, track and secure contracts:

  • 98% of respondents noted they still use paper in their transactions involving contracts
  • Only 18% having made the switch to purely digital methods when signing contracts
  • 72% said a digital tool, such as an eSignature service, would fulfill a critical business need
  • 73% of managers affirmed that life would be easier if all contracts exchanged at work were done digitally

Digital Contracts Streamline Business

Adobe believes that now is the time for all organizations to immediately evaluate how and if they can shift to digital approaches for contracting. eSignature technologies are easy, secure, and readily available. Organizations that use eSignatures are seeing a dramatic decrease in the time needed to close deals, reduced contract negotiation times, faster “quote-to-cash”, and a safer, more secure way to track and store some of their most critical business documents.   And all eSignatures are backed by the federal ESIGN Act, ensuring the legality of the contract, which should put the customer at ease.

For your “signees,” signing a contract is simple and easy.   They can sign from their mobile phone, their iPad, or any device connected to the Web – no more waiting by the fax machine or for that overnight envelope to arrive.

It’s easy to get more digital. Just check out Adobe EchoSign here for a free test drive.

Paper: An Endangered Species? (Study PDF)

Twitter: @jon_perera

Adobe Acrobat XI with Cloud Services Now Available

Today we began shipping our newest and most powerful collaboration solution – Adobe Acrobat XI® with cloud services – and you can get it now at the Adobe store or your nearest Adobe reseller.

Adobe Acrobat XI has the capabilities to let you handle the most complex document challenges and help your IT department close the gap on the productivity inefficiencies that result from working with an ever-increasing number of documents. But more than that, Acrobat XI gives you easy access to our powerful cloud services for web contracting and online forms that will make doing business from anywhere a breeze.

Acrobat XI has the features you asked for and then some.  Features like making it easier than ever to edit PDF files and export to Microsoft PowerPoint; touch-friendly capabilities on tablets, and ensuring interoperability with Windows 7 and 8. Acrobat XI also lets you update text directly in PDF, automatically wrap paragraph text, search and replace words in a PDF file, and crop, adjust, or replace images, with the newly designed Edit Text and Images tool.

Customers tell us these features save hours of work.

“Using Acrobat XI, our marketing team can easily edit and fine‐tune text, images, and rich‐media content directly within a PDF presentation whenever and wherever they are, saving valuable time and costs of reworking materials,” said Jim Confalone, founder of ProPoint Graphics.

Better integration with our cloud services, Adobe EchoSign and FormsCentral, has also topped customer request lists, and with Acrobat XI, we made that possible. Using Adobe EchoSign, sales teams can now cut contract cycles and the time to close a deal from weeks to just hours. Think of what that means to your bottom line.  Bill Lunsford, graphics manager, BBDO Atlanta likes how it makes his day easier. “The new EchoSign features within Adobe Acrobat XI will streamline everyday tasks. These days, no one is going to stand at a fax machine to wait for approvals. Being able to electronically sign a PDF on cost estimates for a project will accelerate go‐to‐market schedules,” he said.

With Adobe FormsCentral, you get robust forms creation, data collection, and results analysis that customers are raving about. “The enhancements to FormsCentral within Acrobat XI make creating and distributing well-designed, interactive forms to exchanging information with clients and partners much easier,” said Bart van Wanroij, president of Microsoft software developer, Epona. “We especially love the new graphic representation of the form results summary in Acrobat XI. With FormsCentral capabilities in Acrobat XI, the road to collecting, analyzing, and ultimately reporting on data just became a lot shorter for Epona!”

We also made both Acrobat XI and the new Adobe Reader® XI touch enabled for use on tablet devices.  Now PDF files containing dynamic media content, as well as files in shared review and electronic signature workflows, can be managed from virtually anywhere. With the Reader XI for mobile app, iOS, Android™, and Windows 8 users can collaborate in ways not possible before — adding comments during review cycles, fully interacting with PDF and web forms, and participating in electronic signature workflows. Additionally, IT can now deliver Reader XI or Acrobat XI as a centrally-managed, touch-friendly, virtual application with improved support for Citrix.

Mike Mann, release and deployment analyst, at McGladrey, thinks the new touch-enabled Reader makes McGladrey staff more efficient. “Our employees use tablets to get work done on the go. With the new editing features supported in Adobe Reader for mobile devices, our employees will be able to review PDF files and make notes at any time, increasing productivity and encouraging adoption of mobile technology,” he said.

IT professionals are praising Acrobat XI for its tighter SharePoint and Office integration. “The integration of Adobe Acrobat and Microsoft SharePoint is greatly improving how the Juvenile Justice Partners manage, share, and publish juvenile case information,” said Susan Green, assistant CIO, at the San Diego County District Attorney’s office.

Acrobat XI also streamlines deployment and maintenance, which Rob Brawn, director for the Center of Project Excellence, CH2M Hill, thinks is a huge time saver. “It is a full time job to manage software updates and keep users current on software versions. Acrobat XI security enhancements minimize out‐of‐cycle patches, saving time for IT and the users,” he said. Acrobat XI also provides industry-leading security features and supports application virtualization via Citrix XenApp software to provide a low cost of ownership and sound return on investment.

If greater productivity, efficiency and better ROI top your list of goals for your organization, give Acrobat XI a look with a free 30-day trial for Windows or Mac. If you already know the benefits Acrobat brings to a business, and you’re ready “to go to 11,” upgrading is easy and starts at just $199 for Acrobat XI Pro. So what are you waiting for?

Important P.S. for LiveCycle Designer Users!

You’ve probably already heard that LiveCycle Designer will no longer be shipping with Acrobat XI. But don’t panic. For those of you who have been using LiveCycle Designer with Acrobat 8*, Acrobat 9 or Acrobat X and want to upgrade to the latest and greatest, we’re offering a free version of LiveCycle once you upgrade to Acrobat XI, just so you can keep on using the programs you’re used to working with. Just get in touch with us and let us know that you’ve upgraded to Acrobat XI. Our customer service representatives will be happy to provide you with the latest version of LiveCycle Designer so you can continue to get your work done as usual with Acrobat XI.

Today Acrobat Goes to “11”

October 1 marks a major milestone for the Adobe Acrobat business. We’re launching Adobe Acrobat XI. Acrobat XI software with cloud services is a powerful new solution that rises to today’s complex document challenges for creating, consuming, sharing and securing PDF content across devices and platforms.

We’ve added several much-asked-for features that are aimed at making life easier for information workers like you. Acrobat XI features complete PDF editing and export to PowerPoint; touch-friendly capabilities on tablets; sophisticated web contracting with Adobe EchoSign; and forms creation, data collection and analysis with Adobe FormsCentral.

We’ve added features IT people have asked for, too:  seamless Microsoft Office and SharePoint integration, easy deployment, applications virtualization and robust application security to provide a low cost of ownership and sound return on investment.

The new Acrobat XI family includes Acrobat XI, Adobe Reader XI and newly integrated document services, Adobe FormsCentral and Adobe EchoSign.

It’s About Productivity

The explosion of digital documents in the workplace has created new challenges for productivity.  With Acrobat XI we’re taking on the issues that are dragging down individual and organizational productivity.

Each week, individual information workers spend half their time searching, filing, organizing, merging and editing comments, obtaining signatures, reviewing feedback and consolidating data, or collaborating with people outside their organizations. IT departments struggle with integrating and managing a diversity of platforms, devices and services, while trying to protect sensitive corporate IP and personal information.

Information workers are asking:  “How do I do what I was doing before, but work in this new environment?”

And organizations of all types are faced with adapting to this complexity, while driving their businesses forward, wondering: “How do I accelerate revenue, secure my IP and continue to evolve my workers capabilities to meet these new challenges?”

These productivity, collaboration, device and security issues have a significant impact on organizations. We’re calling this the Document Productivity Gap. The key to closing the gap is to recognize  that it is a set of compounding issues, multiple, little things that add up to have a big impact.

We asked IDC to take a closer look at these inefficiencies and the impact document-based challenges have on information workers and IT professionals.  One finding startled me. According to a recent global IDC white paper, sponsored by Adobe, the addressable impact of these inefficiencies on an organization of 1,000 employees is almost $16 million annually.  And those are the addressable gaps – not theoretical nirvana that is impossible to reach, but very realistic, tangible gaps that can be closed today. For example, if we could bridge the gap we could add 21.3 percent to an organization’s resources – or the equivalent of 213 employees for every 1,000 people at an organization.  Even if we recover just half of this productivity loss, it could equal hiring close to 100 new employees for a 1,000 person organization.  Imagine the impact of 100 new engineers, salespeople, marketers or IT professionals?

What “11” Means: Customers Weigh In

With the new release, we have made significant innovations across the desktop and the cloud to address the gap.  We wanted to:

  • Enable information workers to unlock PDF content with comprehensive tools for both editing and content reuse.
  • Accelerate document exchange using PDF and the web, forms data collection, review, approvals and eSignatures.
  • Empower employees to be productive on the go with PDF on tablets and smartphones.
  • Mitigate risk and lower IT costs with the most advanced document and application security.

It looks like we’ve succeeded. Acrobat XI has gotten high marks from customers that were in our beta program. These customers are typical of those dealing with the gap.

Security is high on the list for many. Mike Mann, release and deployment analyst at tax and finance consultancy, McGladrey, said, “Our client information is sensitive, so document security is critical. Acrobat XI offers advance document protection capabilities that are easier than ever for our staff to uniformly secure documents.”

Bill Lunsford of BBDO Atlanta likes the speed and efficiency he gets with the integrated services, especially EchoSign. “The new EchoSign features within Adobe Acrobat XI will streamline everyday tasks. These days, no one is going to stand at a fax machine to wait for approvals. Being able to electronically sign a PDF on cost estimates for a project will accelerate go-to-market schedules.”

Yvonne Willis, enterprise applications and project manager at Pillsbury Law, echoed that: “Security is the talk of the town. All of our clients expect the highest level of security, from our documents through our applications and IT environment. Acrobat XI provides key security enhancements that support both users and IT professionals.”

Regarding accelerating document exchange, Saul Morse, vice president of multichannel integration, Palio, said, “Acrobat XI now makes it even easier and faster to create PDF forms and to automatically distribute and collect information with new online forms services available within Acrobat XI.”

But BBDO Atlanta’s Lunsford summed up Acrobat XI best: “I leverage the heck out of Adobe Acrobat because I can cut down on the resources and my IT department loves me.”

Today is October 1. Mark it down as the day we close the gap.

Kevin M. Lynch, SVP and GM of Acrobat and Document Services, Adobe

Follow Kevin on Twitter: @LynchKevinM

Adobe Pass Powers Olympics Coverage….And So Much More

The viewing figures for London Olympics on TV here in USA were bigger than ever for NBC.  Many pundits put this down to the enduring allure of Bob Costas but I think it was because the 2012 games were in a city familiar to so many people: dear olde London town.   I lived in London for 8 years before moving to California and the highlight of the games for me (apart from fellow Scot and fellow Edinburgh University alumni, cyclist Sir Chris Hoy, becoming the most successful British Olympian of all time) was seeing the city itself become an integral part of the games.  The best games are those where the city itself seems intertwined with the events – like Barcelona in 1992 or Sydney in 2000.

The BBC did a phenomenal job broadcasting the games in UK.   As a publicly funded network the BBC (or Auntie as Brits call it) had the luxury of 24 HD broadcast channels dedicated to the event, meaning virtually every minute of every event was broadcast on TV across UK.   You wanted to watch men’s handball, Iceland versus Argentina, you got it on your flat-screen in the living room (31-25 to the lads from the rapidly melting land in the north, BTW).  Interesting fun fact, the BBC’s mobile apps that complemented their outstanding TV-coverage were developed using Adobe PhoneGap.

The US broadcast market is a little bit different, to say the least, than its more homogeneous European counterparts.  The networks here are competing in a complex, competitive, highly fragmented and regionalized market. So, in short, no chance for 24 dedicated HD channels for the Olympics in USA!  NBC was faced with a much more difficult situation than their BBC colleagues and had to rely on streaming the events live to desktop and mobile devices to ensure every sport got its place in the sun (or this being London, a light drizzle).

And that’s where a technology like Adobe Pass can come into play.  Adobe Pass was the authentication glue that allowed cable and satellite subscribers to gain access to NBC’s comprehensive live steaming of events on their iPad, Android devices and desktop computers.  Folks just had to use their cable or satellite company billing email and password and log-in to NBC’s desktop web experience or dedicated mobile Olympic app.  Pass did the rest.  Not surprisingly NBC’s Olympic web site and apps became daily destinations for sports nuts, like me, to visit.

Our stream-meisters have an overview of all of this and of Adobe Pass 2.0, announced today, over at the Digital Media Blog.

It will be interesting to see how this will all play out for the Rio Olympics in 2016 (and more importantly the World Cup in Brazil in 2014).

Signed, Sealed, Delivered – and Now – Certified

More and more companies of all sizes are turning to electronic signatures to conduct business. They know eSignatures cut the time and costs associated with traditional paper-based processes.

That’s why we’re committed to making Adobe EchoSign the premier eSignature solution for today’s smart businesses. So today, we’re announcing several new features aimed at giving you greater control, greater flexibility and a peace of mind, so to speak.

With today’s announcement, all PDF files delivered from Adobe EchoSign will be certified with the Adobe CDS certificate, meaning that your document has not been altered or tampered with in any way. It is the genuine article. This is the kind of peace of mind that adds trust and confidence to your deals.

For more on this and the additional new features added today, check out today’s blog post from Mangesh Bhandarkar, Adobe EchoSign group product manager.

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