How e-signatures in Adobe Acrobat help move Chef José Andrés’s culinary business.

Whether you’re a small-business owner or chef, few activities are more tedious than dealing with paper documents.

Nobody likes receiving physical new hire forms that they have to enter into their system by hand, filling out forms for new vendors, or signing multiple paper copies of contracts.

Award-winning chef and entrepreneur José Andrésavoids those paper-related headaches with Adobe Acrobat Pro DCand the Adobe Acrobat Readerobile app. Chef Andrés’s restaurants are global, which means he works with team members and vendors around the world.

No matter where he is, Chef Andrés uses Acrobat to keep onboarding new hires and signing contracts. With a few taps and swipes on his smartphone or tablet, he quickly adds his e-signature or initials to PDF files. “Electronic signatures, quite frankly, are great,” says Chef Andrés. “I don’t understand how we used to do it before.”

Move faster with auto-fill.

You can complete fillable forms quickly, just like Chef Andrés. Use the Acrobat DC PDF form filler tools to auto-fill those standard form fields with your name, address, and phone number. Save your new responses as new auto-fill options. When you add an e-signature, you can choose to type your name, draw your own signature, or upload an image of a handwritten signature.

Sign, edit, send.

Whether you work on a computer, tablet, or phone, Acrobat Pro DC is the only app you need to securely sign, edit, send forms, and collect e-signatures. When you request a signature, you can track the signing progress in real time and archive documents automatically. And recipients can sign and return from anywhere, including a browser.

Fill out and send forms with the Acrobat Pro DC desktop app.

To fill out a form:

  1. Click the Fill & Sign tool in the right pane.
  2. Click a text field and type text in the blue box.
  3. Add a text box by simply clicking on the PDF where you want to add it.

To sign a form:

  1. Click the Sign icon in the top toolbar.
  2. Draw, type, or choose an image of your signature.
  3. Click Apply to place your e-signature on the form.

To get a document signed:

  1. Select Request Signatures from the right pane.
  2. Add the signer’s email address and follow the instructions.
  3. Get notified when your document has been signed.

Fill out and sign forms with the Acrobat Reader mobile app.

To fill out a form:

  1. Tap the Pencil icon and select Fill & Sign from the menu.
  2. Tap the document where you want to add a text box and type your text. Repeat for each field you want to fill out.
  3. Tap the checkmark in the top left when you’re done.

To sign a form:

  1. Tap the Pencil icon and select Fill & Sign.
  2. Tap the Fountain Pen icon in the bottom right.
  3. If you haven’t added your signature or initials yet, tap the minus icon (–) and swipe to create them.

Try it yourself.

Fill out this New Hire checklist PDF template from Adobe. Simply download and open with Acrobat.