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Adobe Systems has acquired the online electronic-signature and signature-automation provider EchoSign.

"We're extremely pleased to announce that EchoSign is now part of the Acrobat family," enthused EchoSign CEO Jason Lemkin and Adobe Acrobat headman Kevin Lynch in a post on the just-acquired company's blog – and, yes, that's their own ebullient emboldening.

In his own blog post, Lynch explained that EchoSign will be "integrated with Adobe's other document services including SendNow for managed file transfer, FormsCentral for form creation and CreatePDF for online PDF creation."

EchoSign's automated – and wind-powereddigital-signature service currently has more than three million users worldwide, according to Adobe's announcement of the acquisition – a number that's almost certain to grow now that Adobe's branding and marketing muscle will be available to bolster it.

As might be expected, Lemkin certainly agrees with that sentiment. "With Adobe’s brand, reach and trust in the document space, I fully expect that electronic signatures will soon become the common way for people to sign documents," he said in the acquisition announcement.

EchoSign is based in Palo Alto, California, with sales offices in the UK and Germany. Its founders and all of its full-time employees will join Adobe after the acquisition is completed, the terms of which were not disclosed. ®

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