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Obtain a written signature

 

Adobe Acrobat Sign Guide

What's New

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

Get Started

  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. 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. Custom email templates
      6. Enable Linkless Notifications
    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. eOriginal vaulting for chattel paper
    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 

Send, Sign, and Manage Agreements

  1. 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
  2. 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 
  1. Authoring FAQ
  2. Sign Agreements
    1. Sign agreements sent to you
    2. Fill & Sign
    3. Self-signing
  3. 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
  4. Audit Report
  5. 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 

Overview

Obtaining a physical signature is sometimes required. It could be for legal or compliance requirements, policy positions, or simply because one or both parties are more comfortable with signatures in a physical format.

The Adobe Acrobat Sign written signature workflow supports obtaining physical signatures while ensuring proper access control, maintaining the quality and clarity of the final document, and leveraging the benefits of electronic processing and auditing.

Sending an agreement for written signatures

Sending an agreement to collect a physically written signature only requires that the sender select the Written option in the Signature Type section of the Options panel.

Note that this option is only visible when both Electronic and Written signature types are enabled for the group. Otherwise, the enabled signature type is used, and the option to select one is hidden from view.

Administrators of the account or group can set the default value to Written if the dominant signature type is anticipated to be in written form. (See Configuration Options)

Agreements send with a Written signature type require all recipients to sign in a written format.

Select the Signature Type as Written

Note:

There is no option for the sender to convert the agreement to an electronic signature workflow after the agreement is sent. Nor is there an option for the recipient to convert their signature to an electronic signature type.

The written signature experience for signers

For recipients, the Written signature workflow closely resembles the Electronic workflow up to the point that they have to print off the document to apply their signature:

  • The recipient is notified via email with an Open and print link to the document.
  • When the link is selected, the recipient is presented first with a three-step summary of the signature process:
Steps for written signature

  • The recipient can fill in any form fields that are requested/required on the agreement in the electronic experience.
  • When ready, the recipient clicks the Next button at the bottom of the page to advance to the download, print, and sign instructions:
Download the agreement

 

  • The recipient clicks the Download button to download the document (complete with any field content entered electronically).
  • The recipient opens and prints the downloaded PDF.
  • The recipient physically signs the printed agreement.
  • The signed agreement then must be scanned back into digital form.
    • Acrobat Sign accepts the file back in any normally accepted format (PDF, JPG, GIF, TIF, BMP).
    • Acrobat Sign only accepts one file. If there are multiple images, they must be concatenated into one file.
  • A new email is sent to the recipient requesting they upload the signed document (email subject: Please upload {Agreement Name}). A link is provided to open the Upload to submit interface.
    • Recipients can also click the link in the original Open and print email to open the Upload interface:
Upload to submit the agreement

 

  • Clicking the Upload to submit button opens a browsing window for the recipient to find and select the signed agreement file on the local system.
  • Once the file is selected, the file uploads to Acrobat Sign and the recipient is done.
  • If there are subsequent recipients, the agreement progresses to the next. Otherwise, the agreement completes.

Allowing recipients to Convert their signature from the Electronic to the Written signature type

Customers that do not require an electronic signature type, and would like to overcome any customer skepticism of the electronic format, can permit recipients to convert the signature type from electronic to the written style.

When this conversion is enabled, recipients see an option to Print, sign and upload in the Options menu on the e-sign page.

Option menu to convert to a written signature

Caution:

Note that in multi-recipient agreements, once a recipient converts their signature type to the written style, all form fields in the agreement will be removed. Subsequent signers will not have form fields to populate, except their signature fields which populate at the bottom of the page as a signature block field.

Best Practices and Considerations

Accounts that have Users in Multiple Groups enabled are strongly encouraged to identify their workflows that require a written signature and isolate them in their own group. This allows greater application of default values that limit the number of configurable options on the Send page, streamlining the sending process and avoiding configuration errors.

If you enable written signatures through any options, you should consider enabling Upload a Signed Document in the event that a recipient mails the document back to you.

Configuration

Availability:

Creating agreements requesting a written signature is available for enterprise license plans only through the Allowed signature types controls.

Team and individual licensed customers can enable the Allow signers to print, place written signatures, and upload the agreement back to Acrobat Sign instead of e-signing it option to permit written signatures to be created by the recipient.

There are three related settings that should be considered when configuring written signature options:

Allow the Written signature type for senders

To allow your senders to configure agreements with a written signature type:

  1. Navigate to Account Settings > Send Settings
  2. Scroll down to Allowed Signature Types
  3. Check the option to Allow senders to send documents for Written signature
  4. Click Save to commit the change

Define the Written signature type as the default for new agreements

If the default signature type is defined as Written, all new agreements created in the group are configured for a written signature.

If the Electronic signature option is also enabled, the sender can change the signature type when configuring the agreement.

Allow senders to select a written signature type

Note:

If only one signature type is enabled for the group, then the option to select a signature type is hidden on the Send page. Both options must be enabled for the option to be exposed and selectable for senders.

Enable recipients to convert to a Written signature

The option to allow recipients to convert to a written signature is a useful tool if you encounter signer skepticism of the electronic signature process.

  1. Navigate to Account Settings > Signature Preferences.
  2. Scroll down to Additional Settings.
  3. Check the option to Allow signers to print, place written signatures, and upload the agreement back to Acrobat Sign instead of e-signing it.
  4. Save to commit the change.
Allow recipients to convert to a written signature type

Note:

The option to allow recipients to convert to a written signature type is not dependent on the option to allow written signatures when sending new agreements.

Enable Written signatures when Limited Document Visibility is enabled

If you are using Limited Document Visibility (LDV) workflows, and you need to accommodate the option for written signature types, you must explicitly enable Written signatures within the scope of LDV.

If you do not, the option to send agreements with a Written signature type is hidden on the Send page and can not be configured by the sender.

  1. Navigate to Account Settings > Global Settings (Group Settings when configured at the group level).
  2. Scroll down to Limited Document Visibility.
  3. Check the option to Allow sending for written signature. Recipients will always see all the pages when required to use written signature
  4. Save to commit the change.
Allow written signatures in limited document visibility workflows

Alert:

As the setting asserts, any agreement sent using both Limited Document Visibility and the Written signature type ignores the LDV workflow and presents the entire document for the recipient to view.

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