Adobe adds forms signer to Acrobat 5.0

Agencies that already use Adobe Portable Document Format can add digital signature capability for $39 per seat, Adobe Systems Inc. announced today.

The Acrobat 5.0 Approval software is specific to PDF forms and documents, whether inside or outside a Web browser, Adobe's David Rodrigues said. The approval software can't create the PDFs but can fill in, spell-check, sign and save them locally. The contents can be routed to Open Database Connectivity-compliant databases and processed in Extensible Markup Language.

A valid digital signature appears either in characters or as a handwritten facsimile superimposed on the Adobe PDF triangular symbol beside a green check mark. The date and location of signing appear beside the signature. Rodrigues said attempts to alter anything in a signed document will cause an 'invalid' message showing who tried to modify it and when.

The password-protected user signatures, which must be set up by a network administrator, are compatible with third-party certificates issued by Entrust Inc. of Dallas and VeriSign Inc. of Mountain View, Calif., Rodrigues said.

Adobe's Christy Hubbard said the IRS, which Web-publishes its tax forms in PDF, licensed an earlier generation of the signature software.

Featured

  • business meeting (Monkey Business Images/Shutterstock.com)

    Civic tech volunteers help states with legacy systems

    As COVID-19 exposed vulnerabilities in state and local government IT systems, the newly formed U.S. Digital Response stepped in to help. Its successes offer insight into existing barriers and the future of the civic tech movement.

  • data analytics (Shutterstock.com)

    More visible data helps drive DOD decision-making

    CDOs in the Defense Department are opening up their data to take advantage of artificial intelligence and machine learning tools that help surface insights and improve decision-making.

Stay Connected