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Adobe unveils open-standard based digital signatures

Adobe has launched cloud-based digital signatures built on an open standard for the Document Cloud. Adobe Document Cloud and Adobe Sign will enable digital signatures, which it claims to be the most advanced and secure type of electronic signatures used for things like healthcare forms or mortgage applications, in any browser or on any mobile device. The Adobe Sign preview release will be available to customers in the coming weeks.

“Open standards propel entire industries forward, allowing interoperability between otherwise fragmented solutions, and paving the way for widespread adoption. Adobe pioneered digital signatures. And as the creator and champion of standards like PDF, we are proud to have once again rallied the industry to develop a new, open standard for digital signatures in the cloud, ensuring a great customer experience,” said Bryan Lamkin, executive vice president and general manager of Digital Media, Adobe.

In addition, Adobe also launched new functionality in Adobe Sign that enables users to create end-to-end business workflows that go beyond signing and approvals. Adobe Sign now streamlines the flow of documents and tasks across entire teams with solutions that are mobile, customisable and easy-to-use.

Adobe Sign now integrates with the systems, processes and applications people already use today. Now anyone can quickly and easily convert paper to digital with a smartphone ‘scan’, route documents for collaboration or certified electronic delivery, and connect into popular systems like Microsoft SharePoint.

“With so many of today’s critical business processes moving to cloud based solutions, it’s imperative that people trust the information they are interacting with. Digital signatures play a vital role in that trust, but for them to be successful they must be a frictionless part of the process. Building signatures on an open standard that works across browsers and mobile devices creates the seamless experience that people expect,” said Alan Lepofsky, VP and principal analyst at Constellation Research.