Adobe Announces Upcoming New E-Sign Capabilities in Document Cloud

Adobe has announced that new e-sign capabilities will soon be added to the Adobe Document Cloud platform. Upcoming new e-sign capabilities include a new drag-and-drop Workflow Designer, digital signatures (advanced digital signing requirements compliance), enterprise mobility management (EMM), signature capture, and more. New REST and SOAP APIs that provide additional e-sign capabilities will be added to the upcoming release of the Adobe Document Cloud platform as well. Adobe has also announced that the company has partnered with Dropbox to allow Adobe Acrobat DC and Adobe Acrobat Reader users to access and take common actions with PDF files stored in Dropbox without having to leave the Adobe apps.

In March of this year, Adobe introduced the Adobe Document Cloud platform, a new cloud service designed to help businesses streamline work processes and provide a document hub for users that can be synced across devices. The initial introduction of Adobe Document Cloud includes an e-signature service platform called Adobe eSign Services (formerly known as Adobe EchoSign) which features the Adobe Document Cloud eSign Services API.

Adobe will soon be adding new e-sign capabilities to the Adobe Document Cloud platform including (but not limited to):

  • New Drag-and-Drop Workflow Designer – Allows users to create workflow templates via an easy-to-use, drag-and-drop interface.
  • Digital Signatures – This feature makes it possible for businesses to comply with advanced digital signing requirements in the EU and regulated industries.
  • Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) – This is an eSign Manager DC mobile application feature that allows enterprises to securely manage an Employee's Adobe Document Cloud mobile applications and devices using Android for Work, Good Technology, or Microsoft Intune (coming soon).
  • Signature Capture – This eSign Manager DC mobile application feature allows enterprise employees to take a photo of their handwritten signature using their mobile device camera. The signature can then be stored and used for signing digital documents.

Mangesh Bhandarkar, director of Product Management, Adobe Document Cloud told ProgrammableWeb that Adobe will soon be releasing new REST and SOAP APIs that provide additional e-sign capabilities such as dynamically creating form fields on documents, the ability to specify recipient groups, and the ability to call a customized workflow process that has been created within an account. The upcoming new APIs will enable third-party applications to have a tighter integration with the Adobe eSign service – be it through ensuring the organizational workflow processes that have been defined within an account are followed from external applications, or by ensuring that documents being automatically generated from external systems have the appropriate form fields and signature fields in the right places within the document.

Adobe Document Cloud eSign APIs are already being used by partners such as Workday, Xero and Ariba. The APIs are also being used by integrations that are developed and maintained by Adobe such as Salesforce.com.

Bhandarkar also told ProgrammableWeb that the company will soon be announcing a new datacenter platform that features multi-region, Active-Active operations. This expands system availability, and delivers an Active-Active solution around the world, which is critical for data sovereignty. There will be two new EU-based datacenters yet this year; and rollout in 2016 around the globe.

Adobe's new partnership with Dropbox allows Adobe Acrobat DC and Adobe Acrobat Reader users to quickly and easily access and take actions with PDF files stored on Dropbox. PDF documents modified with Adobe applications can be easily synced with Dropbox and Dropbox users can open, edit, and save PDF files using the Dropbox website or mobile applications.

The new Adobe e-sign capabilities will be available to customers starting in November 2015 through early 2016. Dropbox users can now add their account in Adobe Acrobat DC or Acrobat Reader on desktop. Dropbox and Adobe Reader iOS integrations will be available in the coming months, Android and web integrations will be made available in 2016.

For more information about the Adobe Document Cloud platform, visit Adobe.com. For more information about Dropbox, visit Dropbox.com.

Janet Wagner is a freelance technical writer and contributor to ProgrammableWeb covering breaking news, in-depth analysis, and product reviews. She specializes in creating well-researched, in-depth content about APIs, machine learning, deep learning, computer vision, analytics, GIS/maps, and other advanced technologies.

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