Adobe Introduces new Cloud-based Digital Signatures

Adobe has transformed the way we read, share and sign digital documents. The latest in this category is cloud-based digital signatures.

Now, Adobe Sign will offer cloud-based digital signatures on any device that uses the Adobe Document Cloud. This move is a major step for Adobe and a significant one for the cloud community as a whole, as there have been many challenges associated with implementing it.

Digital signatures are much different from e-signatures, and they require a detailed verification process that can be time-consuming and effort-centric. In addition, the existing digital signatures are fragmented, with most of them being proprietary.

To overcome this challenge, Adobe decided to come up with cloud-based digital signatures that are open to multiple certificate providers. The obvious advantage with such open standards is that it allows interoperability between solutions, and helps in widespread adoption. In this sense, it can be the beginning of exciting times for the digital signature industry.

Adobe is all set to embrace this trend, as a press report released by the company says that its digital signatures are one of the most advanced and secure type of electronic signatures available today, and it can be used for signing many important documents like mortgage applications and healthcare forms.

Besides digital signatures, Adobe has also added a host of other features that is sure to appeal to large teams. Some of the features it has added to its arsenal include document routing and integration with Microsoft SharePoint to allow for easy signing and tracking.

All the changes are based on the recommendations given by Cloud Signature Consortium, a global network of industry experts who are working together to create standardized specifications for online document sharing and digital signatures. For some time now, this group has been advocating for wide and open standards, as it can help to build a secure digital signature functionality across all devices and applications. Adobe headed this consortium in 2016, and is today leading the way, with the world’s first open cloud-based digital signatures.

Alongside introducing digital signature, Adobe has also added new functionality to its Adobe Sign technology, so it can now streamline the flow of documents and tasks across different teams, and even the organization as a whole. This way, the documents can be integrated better with the digital processes and systems of the organization.

As a part of its updates, Adobe has enhanced its mobile app with a new technology called Adobe Sensei. This technology uses machine learning, artificial intelligence and deep learning capabilities to make the right predictions. This mobile app will also make it easy for users to convert any paper document to its digital version with just a smartphone scan.

To top these changes, the process of digital signing complies with standards such as eIDAS that has to be followed in the EU.

With such sweeping changes, Adobe is all set to take the digital signature industry by storm.  It also wants to tap into the growing demand for digital signatures, as workforce are increasingly mobile and prefer to have digital copies of documents.

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