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Adobe & partners piloting first-of-kind, PDF-based ID authentication

June 08, 2004

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Adobe Systems and Identrus, a global provider of trusted identity, today announced a strategic relationship, and now are offering a digital signature solution that creates legally binding electronic documents, combining Identrus signatures into Adobe PDF documents.

Identrus SimpleSign(SM) service is the first-of-its-kind PDF offering that gives all Identrus certificate holders the ability to digitally sign PDF documents using their Identrus certificate, SimpleSign software, and the free Adobe Reader. Following a successful pilot test program, Wells Fargo Bank plans to deploy and support SimpleSign [PDF: 132kb] across its multinational line of businesses.

Developed by Identrus and Adobe, SimpleSign enables the advanced digital signing features in Adobe Acrobat to use Identrus certificates to verify the origin and integrity of documents, providing easy-to-use document signing via a simple point and click. SimpleSign eliminates document spoofing, controls and tracks document changes, and performs encryption and decryption functions using Identrus utility certificates.

"Our pilot experience with Identrus and Adobe clearly demonstrated that the integrated SimpleSign service is highly valued for making online, binding business processes quick and easy," said Jane Hennessey, senior vice president, Product Management and Marketing, International Group, Wells Fargo. "We are now planning to bring SimpleSign to our international businesses and on to other Wells Fargo business units."

"Identrus SimpleSign is an ideal complement to Adobe's Intelligent Document Platform by offering an easy-to-use solution leveraging true digital identity provided only by Identrus banks," said Adobe's Ivan Koon, senior vice president, Intelligent Documents Business Unit. "The solution from Adobe and Identrus gives customers peace of mind that their documents have not been altered and are indeed from whom they claim to be. The success of the Wells Fargo Bank pilot project is further proof that secure, trusted PDF services like SimpleSign will become ubiquitous across the world of commerce."

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