digital signing solution for documents for approval


I am looking for a product to digitally sign documents.

- documents would be in PDF format and then sent to user to approve, they would sign the document to indicate they approve it and then would email it to the next party that needs to review the same document and they would sign it or "sign off" on it and the document would be complete.

- ideally the document could be shared to the user for them to review and sign so that the owner knows it has been approved before sharing it to another dept/user for further approval or completion.

What kind of product would you recommend for this type of workflow?  PDFs are currently used but there is not digital signature in place yet.

Has anyone used "DocuSign Business Pro Edition" ?

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Paul SauvéRetiredCommented:
perhaps you could have a look here:
Adobe Document Cloud /
 Adobe Sign

Our digital signatures meet your compliance needs.
Digital signatures and electronic signatures: what's the difference?
lineonecorpAuthor Commented:
Sorry - took a break and didn't mention it. I will dig into your link.
Joe Winograd, Fellow 2017DeveloperCommented:
> Has anyone used "DocuSign Business Pro Edition" ?

I haven't used the Business Pro edition, but I was going to recommend DocuSign as a possible solution. You've probably seen this page that shows the differences among the three editions:

Be sure to click on MORE FEATURES to see the full list of Business Pro features. A huge difference is that the Personal edition is limited to sending five docs per month for signature (Standard and Business Pro remove that limitation).

Paul has already mentioned Adobe, so I won't go there, but another possibility is Nuance's Power PDF. Both the Standard and Advanced editions support signing PDFs. But it is not cloud-based, so you'd be signing locally. Here's what the Security ribbon looks like in Power PDF Advanced (Version 2.0, which is the latest):

PPA2 security
Power PDF Advanced has some other nice features, including Bates stamping/numbering.

As a disclaimer, I want to emphasize that I have no affiliation with any of the companies mentioned in this post and no financial interest in them whatsoever. I am simply a happy user/customer of some of their products. Regards, Joe

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lineonecorpAuthor Commented:
Sorry for the delay.  information was very useful.
Joe Winograd, Fellow 2017DeveloperCommented:
Glad to hear that you found it useful. Good luck on the project! Regards, Joe
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