Adobe Unveils Its Open Standard-Based Digital Signatures Platform

Adobe has announced the unveiling of its cloud-based digital signatures Platform built on an open standard based on the work of the Cloud Signature Consortium (CSC). Adobe used the recently released CSC API specification to update its digital signatures platform. The company also announced that new capabilities have been added to Adobe Sign such as mobile scan and sign, mobile tracking at a glance, and work directly in SharePoint.

Adobe founded the Cloud Signature Consortium in June 2016. The consortium was created with the goal of building an open standard for digital signatures, a standard that will help businesses meet strict digital signature regulations such as the European Union's Electronic Signatures Directive (eIDAS).

Adobe is not the only company spearheading an initiative to develop a standard for digital signatures. Back in 2014, DocuSign along with other industry organizations launched the xDTM Standard Association, an initiative that aims to "to develop a foundational set of criteria for managing digital transactions." The xDTM Standard has been endorsed by leaders from more than 300 organizations including Intel, Microsoft, and Visa.

Jessica Waters Davis, Director, Product Marketing, Adobe Document Cloud provided ProgrammableWeb an explanation for the two digital signature initiatives. Davis explained that "DocuSign's xDTM is a broad best practices guide and doesn't get into the level of detailed technical specifications addressed by the Cloud Signature Consortium."

Davis said that Adobe doesn't consider the CSC and xDTM to be competing initiatives. "We don't see this as a competing standard. The goals of these two efforts are very different from each other, and xDTM doesn't cover the specifics that the CSC specification does," says Davis. "In fact, DocuSign is one of more than 50 companies who expressed interest in joining the Cloud Signature Consortium when it was first announced in June 2016."

The Cloud Signature Consortium recently released an open API specification for public comment. Adobe used the CSC API specification to update its digital signatures platform. The CSC open API specification is used to build APIs for integrating the components needed for remote signature solutions established by various service providers and consumers. Adobe updated its platform using the CSC open API standard so that customers and partners could provide digital signature solutions that can meet regulations like eIDAS.

"Thanks to the newly-released CSC specification, Adobe is introducing the world's first open, cloud-based digital signature solution," said Davis. "We have seven industry leading providers whose CSC-compliant digital IDs and technology will work with Adobe Sign immediately or in the coming months."

Adobe also announced that several capabilities have been added to Adobe Sign such as mobile scan and sign, mobile tracking at a glance, and work directly in SharePoint. The Adobe Sign mobile scan and sign app allows users to quickly and easily scan and sign documents using a smartphone or tablet. When users scan documents using their mobile device, the Adobe Sign mobile app automatically crops and processes the document for signature. Mobile tracking at a glance is a widget that can be added to the home screen of a smartphone or tablet. The widget allows users to track and manage signatures from the home screen without having to open the Adobe Sign mobile app. Adobe Sign can now be added to SharePoint workflows so that users can automate digital signing processes.

"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," said Alan Lepofsky, VP and Principal Analyst at Constellation Research, for the press release. "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."

For more information about Adobe's cloud-based digital signatures platform, visit the official website.

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