Adobe has announced that it has acquired EchoSign, a leading provider of electronic signatures and signature recognition, which could see the humble printer become less and less important.
EchoSign’s solution, which currently supports more than three million users around the globe, will be offered as part of Adobe’s online document exchange services platform. The EchoSign solution will be integrated with other Adobe document services including SendNow, FormsCentral and CreatePDF for online PDF creation.
The service means that printing out documents, signing them and faxing or posting them could become a thing for the past, but exactly how the service will be integrated into Adobe’s current services is still unclear.
According to reports, this acquisition will mean that the eSignatures service, which it launched last May, will be replaced. This service has been provided for free but the Echosign service is currently provided on a monthly subscription basis and it is unclear yet as to whether Adobe will offer it as a paid add-on service or as a free tool.
“Adobe’s document solutions help organizations turn inefficient, paper-based workflows into streamlined electronic ones,” said Kevin M. Lynch, vice president and general manager of Acrobat Solutions. “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.”