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  1. Pre-Release Notes
  2. Release Notes
  3. Important Notifications

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  1. Quick start guide for administrators
  2. Quick start guide for users
  3. For Developers
  4. Video tutorial library
  5. FAQ

Administer

  1. Admin Console Overview
  2. User Management
    1. Add a User
    2. Add Users in Bulk
    3. Add Users from your Directory
    4. Add Users from MS Azure Active Directory
    5. Create function-focused users
      1. Technical accounts - API driven
      2. Service accounts - Manually driven
    6. Check for users with provisioning errors
    7. Change Name/Email Address
    8. Edit a user's group membership
    9. Edit a user's group membership through the group interface
    10. Promote a user to an admin role
    11. User Identity Types and SSO
    12. Switch User Identity
    13. Authenticate Users with MS Azure
    14. Authenticate Users with Google Federation
    15. Product Profiles
    16. Login Experience 
  3. Account/Group Settings
    1. Settings Overview
    2. Global Settings
      1. Account tier and ID
      2. Self Signing Workflows
      3. Send in Bulk
      4. Web Forms
      5. Custom Send Workflows
      6. Power Automate Workflows
      7. Library Documents
      8. Collect form data with agreements
      9. Limited Document Visibility
      10. Attach a PDF copy of the signed agreement 
      11. Include a link in the email
      12. Include an image in the email
      13. Files attached to email will be named as
      14. Attach audit reports to documents
      15. Merge multiple documents into one
      16. Upload a signed document
      17. Delegation for users in my account
      18. Allow external recipients to delegate
      19. Authority to sign
      20. Authority to send
      21. Power to add Electronic Seals
      22. Set a default time zone
      23. Set a default date format
      24. Users in Multiple Groups (UMG)
        1. Upgrade to use UMG
      25. Group Administrator Permissions
      26. Replace recipient
      27. Audit Report
        1. Overview
        2. Allow unauthenticated access on the transaction verification page
        3. Include reminders
        4. Include view events
        5. Include agreement page/attachment count
      28. In Product Messaging and Guidance
      29. Accessible PDFs
      30. New authoring experience
      31. Healthcare customer
    3. Account Setup
      1. Add logo
      2. Customize company Hostname/URL    
      3. Add company name
      4. Post agreement URL redirect
    4. Signature Preferences
      1. Well formatted signatures
      2. Allow recipients to sign by
      3. Signers can change their name
      4. Allow recipients to use their saved signature
      5. Custom Terms of Use and Consumer Disclosure
      6. Navigate recipients through form fields
      7. Decline to sign
      8. Allow Stamps workflows
      9. Require signers to provide their Title or Company
      10. Allow signers to print and place a written signature
      11. Show messages when e-signing
      12. Require signers to use a mobile device to create their signature
      13. Request IP address from signers
      14. Exclude company name and title from participation stamps
    5. Digital Signatures
      1. Overview
      2. Download and sign with Acrobat
      3. Sign with Cloud Signatures
      4. Include metadata for Identity Providers
      5. Restricted Cloud Signatures Providers
    6. Electronic Seals
    7. Digital Identity
      1. Digital Identity Gateway
      2. Identity Check policy
    8. Report Settings
      1. New report experience
      2. Classic report settings
    9. Security Settings
      1. Single Sign-on settings
      2. Remember-me settings
      3. Login password policy
      4. Login password strength
      5. Web session duration
      6. PDF encryption type
      7. API
      8. User and group info access
      9. Allowed IP Ranges
      10. Account Sharing
      11. Account sharing permissions
      12. Agreement sharing controls
      13. Signer identity verification
      14. Agreement signing password
      15. Document password strength
      16. Block signers by Geolocation
      17. Phone Authentication
      18. Knowledge-Based Authentication (KBA)
      19. Allow page extraction
      20. Document link expiration
      21. Upload a client certificate for webhooks/callbacks
      22. Timestamp
    10. Send settings
      1. Show Send page after login
      2. Require recipient name when sending
      3. Lock name values for known users
      4. Allowed recipient roles
      5. Recipient groups
      6. Required fields
      7. Attaching documents
      8. Field flattening
      9. Modify Agreements
      10. Agreement name
      11. Languages
      12. Private messages
      13. Allowed signature types
      14. Reminders
      15. Signed document password protection
      16. Signer identification options
        1. Overview
        2. Signing password
        3. One-Time Password via Email
        4. Acrobat Sign authentication
        5. Phone authentication
        6. Cloud-based digital signature
        7. Knowledge-based authentication
        8. Government ID
        9. Signer Identity reports
      17. Content Protection
      18. Enable Notarize transactions
      19. Document Expiration
      20. Preview, position signatures, and add fields
      21. Signing order
      22. Liquid mode
      23. Custom workflow controls
      24. Upload options for the e-sign page
      25. Post-sign confirmation URL redirect
    11. Message Templates
    12. Bio-Pharma Settings
      1. Overview
      2. Enforce identity authentication
      3. Signing reasons
    13. Workflow Integration
    14. Notarization Settings
    15. Payments Integration
    16. Signer Messaging
    17. SAML Settings
      1. SAML Configuration
      2. Install Microsoft Active Directory Federation Service
      3. Install Okta
      4. Install OneLogin
      5. Install Oracle Identity Federation
    18. Data Governance
    19. Time Stamp Settings
    20. External Archive
    21. Account Languages
    22. Email Settings
      1. Email header/footer images
      2. Permit individual user email footers
      3. Customize the Signature Requested email
      4. Customize the To and CC fields
      5. Enable Linkless Notifications
      6. Customize email templates
    23. Migrating from echosign.com to adobesign.com
    24. Configure Options for Recipients
  4. Guidance for regulatory requirements
    1. Accessibility
      1. Accessibility Compliance
      2. Create accessible forms with Acrobat desktop
      3. Create accessible AcroForms
    2. HIPAA
    3. GDPR
      1. GDPR Overview
      2. Redact a user
      3. Redact a user's agreements    
    4. 21 CFR part 11 and EudraLex Annex 11
      1. 21 CRF part 11 validation pack
      2. 21 CFR and EudraLex Annex 11 handbook
      3. Analysis of shared responsibilities
    5. Healthcare customers
    6. IVES support
    7. "Vaulting" agreements
    8. EU/UK considerations
      1. EU/UK Cross-border transactions and eIDAS
      2. HMLR requirements for deeds signed electronically
      3. The impact of Brexit on e-signature laws in the UK
  5. Download Agreements in Bulk
  6. Claim your domain 
  7. Report Abuse links

Send, Sign, and Manage Agreements

  1. Recipient Options
    1. Cancel an email reminder
    2. Options on the e-signing page
      1. Overview of the e-sign page
      2. Open to read the agreement without fields
      3. Decline to sign an agreement
      4. Delegate signing authority
      5. Restart the agreement
      6. Download a PDF of the agreement
      7. View the agreement history
      8. View the agreement messages
      9. Convert from an electronic to a written signature
      10. Convert from a written to an electronic signature 
      11. Navigate the form fields
      12. Clear the data from the form fields
      13. E-sign page magnification and navigation
      14. Change the language used in the agreement tools and information
      15. Review the Legal Notices
      16. Adjust Acrobat Sign Cookie Preferences
  2. Send Agreements  
    1. Send page overview
    2. Send an agreement only to yourself
    3. Send an agreement to others
    4. Written Signatures
    5. Recipient signing order
    6. Send in Bulk
      1. Overview of the Send in Bulk feature
      2. Send in Bulk - manual recipients
      3. Send in Bulk - CSV upload
      4. Cancel a Send in Bulk transaction
      5. Add reminders to Send in Bulk
      6. Reporting for Send in Bulk
  3. Authoring fields into documents
    1. In-app authoring environment
      1. Automatic field detection
      2. Drag and drop fields using the authoring environment
      3. Assign form fields to recipients
      4. The Prefill role
      5. Apply fields with a reusable field template
      6. Transfer fields to a new library template
      7. Updated authoring environment when sending agreements
    2. Create forms with text tags
    3. Create forms using Acrobat (AcroForms)
      1. AcroForm creation
      2. Creating accessible PDFs
    4. Fields
      1. Field types
        1. Common field types
        2. In-line Images
        3. Stamp Images
      2. Field content appearance
      3. Field validations
      4. Masked fields values
      5. Setting show/hide conditions
      6. Calculated fields 
    5. Authoring FAQ
  4. Sign Agreements
    1. Sign agreements sent to you
    2. Fill & Sign
    3. Self-signing
  5. Manage Agreements
    1. Manage page overview
    2. Delegate agreements
    3. Replace Recipients
    4. Limit Document Visibility 
    5. Cancel an Agreement 
    6. Create new reminders
    7. Review reminders
    8. Cancel a reminder
    9. More Actions...
      1. How search works
      2. View an agreement
      3. Create a template from an agreement
      4. Hide/Unhide agreements from view
      5. Upload a signed agreement
      6. Modify a sent agreement's files and fields
      7. Edit a recipient's authentication method
      8. Add or modify an expiration date
      9. Add a Note to the agreement
      10. Share an individual agreement
      11. Unshare an agreement
      12. Download an individual agreement
      13. Download the individual files of an agreement
      14. Download the Audit Report of an agreement
      15. Download the field content of an agreement
  6. Audit Report
  7. Reporting and Data exports
    1. Overview
    2. Grant users access to reporting
    3. Report charts
      1. Create a new report
      2. Agreement Reports
      3. Transaction Reports
      4. Settings Activity Report
      5. Edit a report
    4. Data Exports 
      1. Create a new data export
      2. Edit a data export
      3. Refresh the data export content
      4. Download the data export
    5. Rename a report/export
    6. Duplicate a report/export
    7. Schedule a report/export
    8. Delete a report/export
    9. Check Transaction Usage

Advanced Agreement Capabilities and Workflows

  1. Webforms 
    1. Create a web form
    2. Edit a web form
    3. Disable/Enable a web form
    4. Hide/Unhide a web form
    5. Find the URL or script code 
    6. Prefill web form fields with URL parameters
    7. Save a web form to complete later
    8. Resize a web form
  2. Reusable Templates (Library templates) 
    1. US Government forms in the Acrobat Sign library
    2. Create a library template
    3. Change a library template's name
    4. Change a library template's type
    5. Change a library template's permission level
    6. Copy, edit, and save a shared template
    7. Download the aggregate field data for a library template
  3. Transfer ownership of web forms and library templates
  4. Power Automate Workflows 
    1. Overview of the Power Automate integration and included entitlements
    2. Enable the Power Automate integration
    3. Track Power Automate usage
    4. Create a new flow (Examples)
    5. Triggers used for flows
    6. Importing flows from outside Acrobat Sign
    7. Manage flows
    8. Edit flows
    9. Share flows
    10. Disable or Enable flows
    11. Delete flows
    12. Useful Templates
      1. Administrator only
        1. Save all completed documents to SharePoint
        2. Save all completed documents to OneDrive for Business
        3. Save all completed documents to Google Drive
        4. Save all completed documents to DropBox
        5. Save all completed documents to Box
      2. Agreement archival
        1. Save your completed documents to SharePoint
        2. Save your completed documents to One Drive for Business
        3. Save your completed documents to Google Drive
        4. Save your completed documents to DropBox
        5. Save your completed documents to Box
      3. Webform agreement archival
        1. Save completed web form documents to SharePoint Library
        2. Save completed web form documents to OneDrive for Business
        3. Save completed   documents to Google Drive
        4. Save completed web form documents to Box
      4. Agreement data extraction
        1. Extract form field data from your signed document and update Excel sheet
      5. Agreement notifications
        1. Send custom email notifications with your agreement contents and signed agreement
        2. Get your Adobe Acrobat Sign notifications in a Teams Channel
        3. Get your Adobe Acrobat Sign notifications in Slack
        4. Get your Adobe Acrobat Sign notifications in Webex
      6. Agreement generation
        1. Generate document from Power App form and Word template, send for signature
        2. Generate agreement from Word template in OneDrive, and get signature
        3. Generate agreement for selected Excel row, send for review and signature
  5. Custom Send workflows
    1. Custom Send Workflow Overview
    2. Creating a new Send Workflow
    3. Edit a Send Workflow
    4. Activate or Deactivate a Send Workflow
    5. Send an agreement with a Send Workflow
  6. Share users and agreements
    1. Share a user
    2. Share agreements

Integrate with other products

  1.  Acrobat Sign integrations overview 
  2. Acrobat Sign for Salesforce
  3. Acrobat Sign for Microsoft
    1. Acrobat Sign for Microsoft 365
    2. Acrobat Sign for Outlook
    3. Acrobat Sign for Word/PowerPoint
    4. Acrobat Sign for Teams
    5. Acrobat Sign for Microsoft PowerApps and Power Automate
    6. Acrobat Sign Connector for Microsoft Search
    7. Acrobat Sign for Microsoft Dynamics 
    8. Acrobat Sign for Microsoft SharePoint 
  4. Other Integrations
    1. Acrobat Sign for ServiceNow
    2. Acrobat Sign for HR ServiceNow
    3. Acrobat Sign for SAP SuccessFactors
    4. Acrobat Sign for Workday
    5. Acrobat Sign for NetSuite
    6. Acrobat Sign for VeevaVault
    7. Acrobat Sign for Coupa BSM Suite
  5. Partner managed integrations
  6. How to obtain an integration key

Acrobat Sign Developer

  1. REST APIs 
    1. Methods documentation
    2. SDK/Developer Guide
    3. API FAQ    
  2. Webhooks 
    1. Webhook overview
    2. Configure a new webhook
    3. View or edit a webhook
    4. Deactivate or reactivate a webhook
    5. Delete a webhook
    6. Two-way SSL certificates
    7. Webhooks in the API

Support and Troubleshooting

  1. Customer Support Resources 
  2. Enterprise Customer Success Resources 
Note:

This article describes the new Enforce Identity Authentication experience accessed from the Bio-Pharma Settings tab of the admin menu. (Released in November 2023.) 

This new experience is enabled by default for new accounts after the November 2023 release and enabled by an administrator for accounts that existed prior to the November 2023 release. 

The classic Enforce Identity Authentication process document is still available and will remain so until the experience is retired.

Overview

The Enforce identity authentication feature defines the trigger events that prompt a recipient to re-authenticate when interacting with an agreement. There are three independently selectable options:

  • Authenticate when opening the agreement.
  • Authenticate when applying a signature.
  • Authenticate when completing the agreement.

The triggers that are enabled encompass all signers included in the agreement (internal and external).

Availability:

Enforce identity authentication is limited to enterprise license plans.

Configuration scope:

The features can be enabled at the account and group levels.

Note:

 

The November 2023 release separated the controls for enhanced identity authentication, removing the dependency between them.

Accounts created before the November 2023 release must opt in to the separated controls experience by selecting the Enable Now button on the Bio-Pharma Settings page.

Accounts created after the November 2023 release automatically inherit the modern experience.

Note:

The modern experience can only be enabled at the account level. This means that:

  • All groups that haven't explicitly configured their Bio-Pharma Settings page will continue to inherit the same configuration as the account-level controls.
  • Explicitly configured groups will adopt the new separate control experience, but will also retain their existing control configurations.

It's important to note that enabling the new experience does not change any effect currently observed when signing an agreement, regardless of the group from which the agreement is sent. 
The practical impact of enabling the new experience is that you can enable or disable each of the three controls discretely.

Enabling the new Enforce Identity Authentication environment has two consequences:

  • The classic experience requires that Challenge the user to authenticate themselves when the agreement is opened must be enabled before either of the subordinate controls can be enabled.
Classic EIA controls with the parent control highlighted

The modern experience removes that requirement, allowing each of the three controls to be enabled individually.
The user interface is updated to show all three controls at the same "level," indicating that all three are equally available.

Modern EIA controls with all controls highlighted

  • The classic experience can show checked boxes in the subordinate controls when the parent control is disabled.
    Because the parent control is disabled, the subordinate controls are not active, but the greyed-out checkboxes persist and may give the wrong impression of being active.
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When the modern experience is enabled:

• If the Challenge the user to authenticate themselves when the agreement is opened control is disabled, the (previously) subordinate controls will be cleared and properly shown as unchecked.

• If the Challenge the user to authenticate themselves when the agreement is opened control is enabled, the (previously) subordinate controls will retain their values.

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Alert:

Enabling the modern experience is not reversible.

Once you save the enablement, the account is updated and the Enable Now banner is removed from the interface.

How it's used

Prerequisites

For Enforce identity authentication to work, the signer must be authenticating their identity with either:

The agreement processes normally if any other authentication method is defined, but Enforced identity authentication isn't applied for that recipient. Configuring some recipients to apply Enforced identity authentication and others to bypass it by leveraging different authentication methods in the same transaction is permissible.

The authentication method is defined on the Send Settings page in the Identity Authentication Methods section.

The recipient experience

The recipient is presented with the authentication UI upon triggering an authentication challenge.
The two authentication options are:

  • Phone authentication - An SMS-based text that provides a five-digit code that the signer must enter before affixing the signature
Recipient's challenge for phone authentication

 

  • Acrobat Sign authentication - A request to authenticate to Acrobat Sign through the Adobe identity management system. Because authentication to Adobe is required, this method is primarily recommended for internal recipients where the sender can reasonably expect such an account exists.
Note:

Recipients that authenticate using the Acrobat Sign authentication method must authenticate through the Acrobat identity management system. All social authentication options (Google, Facebook, and Apple) are removed during the authentication process.

Accounts that configure their Admin Console organization to allow SSO authentication will authenticate against their configured identity provider, removing the requirement for their internal recipients to be entitled with a license for Acrobat Sign.

Acrobat Sign authentication challenge

Once the authentication is passed, the recipient can continue the form-filling/signing process.

Configuration

To enable Enforce identity authentication options, navigate to Bio-Pharma Settings > Enforce identity authentication.

Enforce identity authentication contains three independently selectable options:

  • Challenge the user to authenticate themselves when the agreement is opened - When enabled, each recipient must authenticate before the agreement is opened for viewing.
  • Challenge the user to authenticate themselves when the signer clicks a signature field in the agreement - When enabled, all recipients must authenticate every time a signature field is selected (before the signature can be applied).
    • Only signature and signature block fields are re-authenticated; initial fields are not.
    • The setting impacts both required and optional signature and signature block fields.
  • Challenge the user to authenticate themselves when the Click to Sign button is selected after the signing ceremony is complete - When enabled, the recipient must reauthenticate after selecting the Click to Sign button (when they have completed their interaction with the agreement).
Navigate to teh Enforced Identity Authentication controls on the Bio-Pharma tab

Related settings

The option to Challenge the user to authenticate themselves when the agreement is opened can be suspended for recipients in your account if they are logged in to Acrobat Sign when the agreement is opened. This can eliminate some of the friction for your internal signers.

To allow your users to skip the agreement opening authentication if logged in:

  1. Navigate to Account Settings > Send Settings > Signer Identification Options.
  2. Enable Don’t challenge the signer to re-authenticate if they are already logged in to Acrobat Sign.
  3. Save the page configuration.
Enable the option to suppress the authentication if the user is logged in to Acrobat Sign.

Audit report changes

When any of the Enforce identity authentication options are enabled, the audit report explicitly logs every authentication in the audit report, and to a lesser degree, in the activity panel of the agreement.

Additional logging of authentication events in teh audit log and Activity panel

Things to keep in mind...

  • Enforced Identity works with authenticated self-signing.
  • Enforced identity authentication works with digital and electronic signature fields.
  • Enforced authentication does not apply when only a Stamp is used as a signature.

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