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  • March 16, 2017
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DocuSign Expands Functionality with Spring '17 Release

DocuSign, which provides solutions for e-signature and digital transaction management, has introduced DocuSign Spring '17 Release.

The release includes enhancements and updates to the company's e-signature solution and broader DTM platform, including deeper integrations with Google Docs, the availability of the electronic notary feature in eight U.S. states, the personal eHanko signing option in Japan, and the availability of DocuSign Payments.

The Spring '17 Release builds on the company’s largest product update ever in December last year, in which it added more new features than in the last several quarters combined, said Ron Hirson, chief product officer at DocuSign. 

New for the Spring '17 Release is the DocuSign for Google Docs add-on, a new integration that enables users to sign, send, and manage documents directly from Google Docs, with the ability to start a DocuSign workflow directly from the Google Docs editor, or from Docs' recent documents. This includes the automatic saving of signed documents to Google Drive, as well as Gmail integration for sending them.

On the real estate front, DocuSign has created its new electronic notary feature, enabling senders to request notarial acts and provide notaries with the ability to host an in-person signing session and perform the notarial acts

Released for early access in the DocuSign Winter '17 Release in December and generally available with the DocuSign Spring '17 Release, the new notary feature eliminates the need to print, scan, or mail closing documents. All actions can be performed within the DocuSign platform, including applying a seal and exporting a notary log. These in-person electronic notarizations can be performed via DocuSign in Idaho, Indiana, Florida, Kentucky, New Jersey, New York, and Washington (in addition to North Carolina, where it has been available since 2014).

For Japan, the company says, the adoption of e-signature has been influenced by the fact that signers are accustomed to using a Hanko stamp to represent their signature on paper documents. With the DocuSign Spring '17 Release, it is now possible for users to add a personal Hanko (or kanji name stamp) to represent their signature or approval on a document. This is offered in partnership with Shachihata—a leading company in Japan's traditional Hanko culture and complements the basic Hanko functionality launched by DocuSign in December last year.

Additional information is available in the DocuSign Spring ’17 Release Notes.

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