EchoSign Now Supports HTML5, Debuts E-Signatures On The iPad

EchoSign, the web-based electronic signatures and signature automation service, is jumping on the HTML5 bandwagon today, launching full support for its e-signature platform to work on the iPad and iPhone. EchoSign’s electronic signature service lets you append digital signatures to contracts and other business documents, store them in digital form, and manage those documents without printing them out and faxing them

While EchoSign’s desktop application is Flash based, its mobile site will now support HTML5. For EchoSign, the switch to HTML5 is party of of a greater mobile strategy to encourage more users to used their mobile devices for e-signatures. In fact, almost 10% of EchoSign users sign contracts on mobile devices. And tablet devices like the iPad are ideal for viewing and signing documents. The dramatic success of the iPad in the enterprise has pushed EchoSign to take mobile signatures to the next level.

EchoSign’s new release also enables handwritten, biometric signatures straight from mobile Safari and Chrome. Previously, only typed and synthetic signatures were fully supported on mobile device.

EchoSign, launched back in 2006, has reached 1.2 million users and has also helped sign and close more than $300 million worth of contracts in one month. Corporate customers include Dell, Google, TimeWarner and Qualcomm.

To date, EchoSign has raised $8.5 million in funding. The startup faces competition from DocuSign and VeriSign.