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eSignatures Everywhere

Today, we announced a significant milestone, bringing free eSignature capabilities to Adobe Reader. Now, you can sign, send and manage your important documents from anywhere, from a desktop or an iOS or Android device.

With today’s release, the days of printing, signing and faxing back documents are truly numbered. We’ve tightened the integration between Adobe Reader and Adobe EchoSign eSignature service, so you and your customers can gain real-time visibility into the signature process and status of contracts – giving you greater assurance and control over the management of all signed documents. We’ve also streamlined the desktop experience and added features that give you more choice and greater functionality.

Thanks to Adobe Reader for mobile, you can electronically sign a document by simply drawing your signature with your finger on a touchscreen, making it easy to conduct business while on the go.  Additionally, you can connect to Adobe EchoSign to get others to sign documents electronically, letting you track and manage the status of documents online. And, because the signed contracts are archived in the cloud, you can easily retrieve documents from anywhere, at any time, via a web browser.

We didn’t stop there, though. Adobe Reader for mobile also adds new capabilities that let you interact with PDF documents directly from your iOS or Android devices, including annotation, comment and forms fill. And, of course, the highly intuitive user interface provides an efficient PDF viewing experience regardless of the device.

With Adobe Reader and EchoSign, we’re making it easy for anyone to send important contracts to customers so that they can quickly and easily sign and send them electronically – and get the deal done faster. Give Adobe Reader with EchoSign a test drive on your next deal.

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

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

Today, we are excited to reveal another major milestone in the integration of Adobe EchoSign technology with Adobe’s document solutions and services. 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, making it easier than ever for businesses to “seal the deal” and keep up with the demands of a growing mobile workforce.  The new update makes Adobe Reader a one-stop shop for electronic signatures. Read more about it on the Acrobat Solutions blog.

Adobe Reader for iOS Now on the Apple App Store

We are excited to announce that today, Adobe Reader for iOS is available free on the Apple App Store. This new PDF reader makes it easier than ever to use your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch to view and interact with the widest range of PDF file types – including PDF Portfolios, password-protected PDF documents and Adobe LiveCycle rights-managed PDF files.

Adobe Reader for iOS lets you open and view PDF files from email, the Web or from any application that supports the “Open In” function, allowing for quick navigation through PDF files by searching for specific text or using bookmarks and page thumbnails.  For a full list of included features, please visit the Adobe Acrobat blog, or click here for a video overview.

3D Solutions Update – Agreement with PROSTEP

Today we have more news to communicate about Adobe’s 3D technology business. As I mentioned in my blog post in May, Adobe is committed to providing a set of strong, broad platform technologies on which our partners can build vertical-specific solutions, as well as working with vertical-focused partners that can bring 3D technology to our combined customers.

To that end, PROSTEP AG today announced it has signed a definitive agreement to license technology from Adobe for development of a 3D translation server product. Additionally, PROSTEP has a license to resell Adobe LiveCycle PDF Generator 3D ES2 until a PROSTEP replacement product is offered. The interim product will be named PROSTEP PDF Generator 3D for Adobe LiveCycle ES2. Similar to Tech Soft 3D, PROSTEP is a long-term Adobe partner with extensive experience in the manufacturing industry, and is a leading solution provider for PLM integration, product data exchange and integration of enterprise systems into a single, overall PLM process.

As with our Tech Soft 3D partnership, we believe our customers will benefit from Adobe’s partnership with PROSTEP through their global presence, as well as their commitment to provide long-term support for Adobe’s enterprise customers in the aerospace, defense and automotive segments where LiveCycle PDF Generator 3D ES2 has been adopted. One of the most important capabilities we considered when partnering with PROSTEP was their ability to support the integration of multiple enterprise systems, including PDM, CRM and ERP systems, with server-based 3D PDF translation solutions. We know PROSTEP has strong experience with supporting enterprise customers and integrating disparate enterprise systems together.

Of course, current customers of LiveCycle PDF Generator ES2 may have questions about how they will be affected by the transition of responsibilities to PROSTEP. Adobe will continue to provide support to current customers on LiveCycle PDF Generator 3D ES, and PROSTEP will be able to assist those who wish to receive the latest version (LiveCycle PDF Generator 3D ES2).

Additionally, I’d like to emphasize that Adobe is committed to the future development of the LiveCycle platform, and Adobe believes that there are several benefits for manufacturing customers who use LiveCycle document services such as LiveCycle Reader Extensions, Rights Management, and Forms. From managing, reviewing and tracking design reviews inside and outside of the organization, to digitally signing and validating PDF documents in a 3D workflow, to protecting and controlling sensitive information in 3D PDF files, the LiveCycle platform helps organizations — including those in the manufacturing industry — improve operational efficiencies while enabling more effective communication with customers and partners.

PROSTEP has been a trusted partner of Adobe’s over the years with our LiveCycle products. We believe this expanded partnership will help achieve an even higher level of use of 3D PDF technology in the global manufacturing industry, and we are looking forward to collaborating closely with PROSTEP to better serve our customers and partners in this market.

Adobe Reader for Android now available

Earlier today, we introduced a new member of the Adobe Reader family, Adobe Reader for Android. This free app is now available in the Android Market, so go take a look and give it a test drive.

Adobe Reader for Android enables you to access PDF files on your Android device whether you’re browsing the web or reading an email. It includes some cool features like multi-touch gestures, pinch-and-zoom, flick-scrolling and panning. And my favorite, a “reflow” mode, which wraps the content of PDF files for viewing on smartphone screens.

Check out the post on the Adobe Reader blog, which includes a video demo of the app.

3D Solutions Update

Today, Adobe’s long-term partner Tech Soft 3D announced it is taking over responsibilities to develop and deliver Adobe’s 3D technologies that are currently in our Acrobat 9 Pro Extended product. While this decision brings about significant benefits for our manufacturing customers, some may have questions about Adobe’s decision to transfer these 3D technologies to Tech Soft 3D. With that in mind, I wanted to provide some background information to help provide context for this action.

As we came out of the global economic downturn in 2009, Adobe conducted an in-depth evaluation of how the company’s product lines were helping to meet business goals for 2010 and beyond. As part of this review, when we looked at the 3D capabilities in our products for technical professionals and organizations, we determined we need to focus on what we do best. That is, to provide the strongest, broadest platform technologies on which our partner ecosystem can build vertical-specific solutions for our customers, and find vertical-focused partners that can best provide the 3D technology to the market.

Ultimately, we determined we need to work with a partner who is deeply rooted in the manufacturing segment in order to best meet these ongoing customer needs. To that end, we’ve signed a long-term contract with Tech Soft 3D in which it will provide the continued development, delivery, sales and support of 3D technologies currently in Acrobat Pro Extended. In Tech Soft 3D, we’re confident we’ve selected a long-term partner who can successfully satisfy the 3D CAD importer needs of our collective manufacturing customers for converting native CAD data to 3D PDF.

As I’ve talked with customers throughout this process, the number one question on their minds is, “Will Adobe continue to support 3D in the free Adobe Reader long-term?” The answer is — and I can’t stress this enough — that Adobe is fully committed to supporting 3D viewing and interaction capabilities within Adobe Reader and Acrobat. We recognize our responsibility to customers worldwide who depend on 3D PDF to collaborate, control, and store their product development data for long-term archival and retrieval. That commitment hasn’t diminished, and, I think, has actually strengthened through this partnership.

Along with Tech Soft 3D, we can focus our resources on making Acrobat the best solution for customers who need to effectively and more securely communicate, collaborate, and exchange 3D data with their customers and supply chains, and who have chosen 3D PDF as the format for controlling their intellectual property beyond the firewall.

Our customers and ISV partners will benefit from this partnership through Tech Soft 3D’s deep understanding of the manufacturing market’s needs, and the expertise that Tech Soft 3D brings to providing solutions that help meet these needs. We believe Tech Soft 3D will continue to provide the best support possible for our customers as it takes direct responsibility for development and maintenance of the 3D Translator Libraries. Additionally, Tech Soft 3D plans to release the 3D Translator Libraries in a pure library form, which many of our ISV partners have requested.

Equally as important for our customers and ISV partners, Tech Soft 3D will have the capability to release updates, bug fixes and enhancements independently of Adobe’s product release cycles when new versions of CAD formats like CATIA, Pro/ENGINEER, SolidWorks, and others are released. And moving forward, Tech Soft 3D plans to make updated CAD translators available to end users as plug-ins to applicable Adobe software for reading and outputting 3D PDF.

This strategic partnership will allow Adobe to focus on the core aspects of the Acrobat product, while continuing to innovate and service customer requirements for managing, collaborating, and securing data — 3D or otherwise — throughout a business process.

We’d like to thank Tech Soft 3D for its collaboration over time in this market, and now for this new partnership in place. And we want to reassure our valued customers and partners in the manufacturing market of the combined commitment to serving and supporting them.

Adobe launches new cloud-based eSignature service

Like everyone, I sign stuff, lots of stuff — NDAs, contracts, and all sorts of other documents. I always find myself frustrated with the signature process.

The simple act of signing doesn’t particularly bother me. It’s all the mundane tasks that need to be completed before and after signing that drive me batty.

First, I typically receive the document to be signed in electronic form — meaning I need to print it out to sign it. Then, I need to figure out how to get it back to the other party. In some cases, I might need to find an overnight envelope, fill-in the address form, stick the document in the envelope, seal the envelope, and then find a drop box. Depending on where I am, this could take up to an hour, round trip. (Did you know that people spend $7.4B/year overnighting documents just because a signature is needed?)

Or in some cases, I need to fax it back. Faxing might be quicker, but it’s no easier: (1) create a cover sheet, (2) print the cover sheet, (3) fill in the receiving parties information, and (4) walk down to the fax machine and stand next to it waiting for the transmission to complete. But wait, I’m not done — the person whom I’ve faxed it to usually wants an ‘original copy’! So now I’m back to hunting for an overnight envelope…

Oh brother.

There’s got to be a better way. Why can’t we just sign things electronically? In this Internet age, signing something really should be as easy and fast as sending an email.

It turns out that Adobe already has a big, well established business providing a highly secure digital signature capability into large banks, the military and a number of governments. In fact, we’re a market leader in digital signatures. The first digitally signed judicial order was executed using Adobe technology as was the FY 2011 US Federal Budget. We’ve built a digital signature capability into Adobe® Acrobat® and we have a server-side technology called Adobe® LiveCycle® that supports digital signatures in automated workflows. This type of digital signature requires sophisticated computer infrastructure that’s often beyond the reach of small businesses and individuals. And therein lies the opportunity — take our LiveCycle signature technology, put it in the cloud and simplify it to make it easy for everyday signatures.

Today we’re announcing the beta release of this service. We’re calling it Adobe eSignatures™. We wanted to create something that was easy to use, fast, accessible to anyone with an internet connection and a browser, and that wasn’t overloaded with complicated features.

The service is really convenient. Just go to Adobe eSignatures and sign-in. There you’ll find a very simple guided process that allows you to upload a PDF, designate the email address of the other party, and click to sign. You don’t need any special tokens or smartcards.

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Unlike paper documents, when a document is executed using Adobe eSignatures, it is certified to provide additional assurance that the document has not changed since it was signed. If you subsequently open the document in Adobe® Reader® or Adobe Acrobat you’ll see a blue ribbon at the top of the screen. If someone modifies a document after it has been signed, Adobe Reader or Adobe Acrobat will detect that something has changed and the blue ribbon will no longer appear.

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Adobe eSignatures complies with both the US ESign Act of 2000 and the Uniform Electronic Transactions Act (UETA). According the US ESign Act, “signatures and records cannot be denied legal validity simply because they are electronic.”

So give it a try and let us know what you think. There’re a few things that we’d like to add to the service, but we want to hear from you first so that we can know what things are most important. We hope you’ll find our new service easy and convenient and we hope you’ll use it for all of your everyday signature tasks.

I look forward to hearing from you,
Paul McNamara
Entrepreneur in Residence, Cloud Computing

Adobe and Barnes & Noble Join Forces to Standardize eBook Technology

Adobe and Barnes & Noble announced today that they are working together to standardize the open EPUB and PDF eBook formats and collaborating on a content protection standard based on Adobe and Barnes & Noble technology. This collaboration will make Barnes & Noble the most portable and compatible eBookstore and provide customers with the ability to access digital content from thousands of content providers that is protected with Adobe technology. Soon enough, customers who use the Adobe Reader Mobile software development kit will also be able to purchase and read content from BN.com, the world’s largest eBookstore.

Happy reading everyone!

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