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Ever since the release of the iPad, I have resolved to avoid printing documents of any kind on paper. With so many online and software solutions for creating managing, and reading documents, there’s little reason these days— especially in computer-centered environments—to use paper and ink. The website, SignNow and the ad-supported version of Sign-N-Send are two examples of how important documents can be signed and emailed without the need for ink and paper. Let’s check out their features.

SignNow

There are several online and mobile signature apps and services on the market today, but I don’t know of one that is as easy to use as SignNow.com.
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First off there’s no online registration to go through. This site only requires your and/or recipient’s email for your signed document to be emailed to you or others. You simply click the Upload & Go button to import your document into the online web application.
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I uploaded both a plain RTF document and a PDF, and each appeared in the online application without a problem. I would imagine that large multi-page documents might take longer to upload, but the site doesn’t indicate a page limit for uploading.

SignNow is so cool that it includes a “Try a Sample” document that you can use for practice. Now, here’s the catch, if you want to call it that: you are signing your document online using your computer mouse or trackpad. Thus, the signature is not going to be exactly how you might sign with a pen, nor will the print be as smooth.
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I practiced signing with my mouse a few times until it matched as close to how my pen on paper signature would like. The results of trying to sign using my trackpad were not as good. But as the site points out, “Don’t Worry! Even if your signature looks weird, it’s still legally valid.”

The Try a Sample will give you all the practice you need. Just follow the instructions for drawing your signature. There’s also a Type Signature option that for many purposes could work just as well.
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In addition, you can add typed text and a sticky note for telling a recipient of your document where to sign.
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To complete the process, if you’re the only one signing the document, just provide your email address and the document will be emailed to you in PDF format. If you need a signature of one or more people, use the “Invite a Signer” option. For added security, you can include a password for the document you’re sending. You just need to let the recipient know the password.

Sign-N-Send

Sign-N-Send is a non-registration iPhone and iPad application that you can use for signing digital documents. To get a document for signing into Sign-N-Send you need to email it to your iOS device. As with other mail attached documents, you open the email, and then press and hold your finger on the attached icon. An option for opening the document in Sign-N-Send will appear.

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Next, navigate to the page where it needs signing or filling out. Select the Pen tool at the top of the document. Select a pen color and write your signature with your finger or stylus pen.

You may have to practice a few times, so just tap the Eraser, Undo, or Clear button to erase pen marks and start over.
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You can also select the Type tool to type text on the document as well.

Once you’re done, you can email the document, send it Dropbox or to another application that supports it, or print it wirelessly from your iPad.
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Sign-N-Send also allows you to save and manage your documents for later use.  You can also create documents with the application.

The free version of this app stamps your document with the Sign-N-Send ad at the top of the page, so if you like and need to use the app a lot, this free version is useful for testing. The non-ad version is $1.99.

Let us know what you think of these tools. If you have tried and liked similar online or mobile applications, please share them with our readers.

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  1. Anonymous
    July 11, 2011 at 1:16 pm

    Good one but signature and ad looks not proper when you communicate with client.

  2. rajat bhatt
    July 9, 2011 at 6:42 pm

    can also use http://www.dabbleboard.com to sign documents

  3. Jurcikova Irina
    July 9, 2011 at 1:20 am

    Unfortunately, if typing, SignNow does not reproduce the
    special letters in certain languages, i.e. „?“, „š“, „?“, „ý“, „í“ in Czech

  4. chatman
    July 8, 2011 at 7:23 pm

    Does this rely on one using a tablet computer? I cannot imagine you could do a reasonable signature with a normal PC and mouse.

    • Tina
      July 17, 2011 at 2:37 am

      You can probably scan your handwritten signature. A mouse-drawn signature certainly doesn't qualify as your signature!

      • chatman
        July 17, 2011 at 10:09 pm

        Does the site in question allow you to past your scanned signature?

        • Tina
          July 18, 2011 at 5:18 pm

          Apparently not. Sorry, my bad. Bakari did write that he practiced drawing his signature with the mouse.

  5. Bben
    June 28, 2011 at 1:25 pm

    It has amazed me that some companies that will readily accept a fax with a signature refuse to accept a scanned document with a signature. They are both digital media, and my 'all in one' printer uses the exact same scanner for either fax or scanned documents. And allows me to 'fax' a scanned document that I have in my computer. Then when they get the fax, the first thing they do is scan it into their computer.

  6. Soonr
    June 27, 2011 at 11:55 pm

    @Bakari and MUO's editors Great tips on useful services that businesses and their mobile workers will surely appreciate.

    • Bakari
      June 28, 2011 at 8:07 am

      Thanks for the feedback, Soonr. It’s always good to know what tips are useful to our readers. 

  7. Space
    June 27, 2011 at 8:03 pm

    Should that not read "Two cost-free ways..." instead? 

    • Bakari
      June 28, 2011 at 8:09 am

      Thanks for pointing that out, Space. We write a lot content on this site and sometimes miss spelling, grammar, and usage mistakes. 

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