The service's e-sign capabilities also now include support for "digital signatures," a more advanced form of electronic signature that uses a physical smartcard with a secure chip to authenticate a signature. It's useful functionality for people in regulated industries like biopharmaceuticals, along with government workers and residents of countries that offer those cards as part of their identity
Companies that want their employees to do more on the go can take advantage of new functionality that integrates with smartphones. Using the eSign Manager DC mobile app, employees will be able to take a photo of their handwritten signature and then use it to repeatedly sign documents. In addition, users can sync their signature across mobile, web and desktop apps so they can sign documents in a variety of locations. The Fill & Sign app, which lets anyone convert digital or scanned documents into electronic forms, is now also available for iPhone in addition to its existing incarnation on the iPad.
All of this is part of Adobe's strategy to compete in a rough-and-tumble e-signature market against companies like DocuSign, which has made its entire business out of offering electronic signature products and has raised more than half a million dollars from investors and has an impressive client roll to boot.
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