You’re finally relaxing on a beach, enjoying a well-deserved vacation when you receive an urgent message from the office. The deal that you thought was closed has a glitch and your office needs one final signature from you.
You could either leave the beach, try to track down a computer, printer and scanner, or you could use an app that will allow you to sign the document without leaving your beach chair.
EasySign is an app that can solve the problem of needing to sign documents on the go. EasySign works on the iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and Android devices, allowing you to sign documents conveniently, even if you’re away from the office.
After you download the app, you can either create an account or sign in with your Facebook account. To try out the app, go into My Documents from the home page of the app. There you can practice signing a demo document.
The app guides you through the process of creating your signature. You can choose other colors besides black to further identify your signature. Once you have settled on your signature (it took me a few tries to get it looking legible on my iPhone), you can save it.
If you want to sign an official document, you can add the document to the app using email or, if you have a premium account, by using cloud services such as Dropbox or Box.net. You can either access documents from an email on your smartphone or forward an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Once you have loaded the document onto the app, you can enter the signature, name, date, and initials for yourself and up to two other people. You can enter this information on the signature page and on other pages, in case you need to approve changes to a document.
After you have completed the process, press “finish” and a copy of the document is sent to your email. You can then forward the document to the other parties for their records. EasySign also retains your signed document in the app should you need to refer back to it later.
Here is a video from the developer showing how to use EasySign:
The app is available in English, Spanish, German, French, Italian and Russian and supports international characters such as Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Hebrew and Arabic.
I asked the developer about how widely accepted signatures were using this app. According to the developer, “Electronic signatures, they are legally binding in many countries worldwide including USA, Canada, UK, Australia, European Union and many others. We follow the best practices of the Global and National Commerce Act (ESIGN) and Uniform Electronic Transactions Act (UETA).”
The app is free, but there is a charge for signing documents. When you download the app you are given three free documents. If you decide to purchase more documents, the price is:
- $1.99 for 5 documents
- $9.99 for unlimited documents.
Have you ever needed to sign a document on the go? Have you ever struggled to meet a deadline because someone needed your signature? Let us know in the Comments section below!
* Beach chair image by Pam Morris