The beginning of eSignatures

In the first part of this post, we talked about how signatures have come along over the course of history.  

As we said earlier, Morse code had a major impact in the development of modern electronic signatures.

How?

The invention of telegraph and Morse code were two significant moments in the history of civilization. They changed communication forever. The time it used to take to deliver messages – days, weeks and months – was reduced to mere seconds. Eventually, some of the communications delivered through telegram started to include agreements to terms and conditions, intended as enforceable contracts.

The earliest validation of electronic signatures came in 1869, from a ruling passed by the New Hampshire Supreme Court.

“It makes no difference whether [the telegraph] operator writes the offer or the acceptance in the presence of his principal and by his express direction, with a steel pen an inch long attached to an ordinary penholder, or whether his pen be a copper wire a thousand miles long. In either case the thought is communicated to the paper by the use of the finger resting upon the pen; nor does it make any difference that in one case common record ink is used, while in the other case a more subtle fluid, known as electricity, performs the same office.”

In the 1980s, electronic signatures became prominent in business through fax machines. Companies and professionals began to use it for office automation, business communications and time sensitive delivery of paper documents. The practice quickly established itself in business workflows and continues to this day.

It was along this period when personal computing started to make inroads at workplaces. The advent of Internet and Email once again changed how people communicated, and this is where modern electronic signatures finally took shape. Documents could now be sent electronically through email to any corner of the world, and getting important documents signed became easier.

The adoption of electronic signatures came with doubts – over the validity of documents signed electronically, and courts in various jurisdictions decided that enforceable eSignatures included agreements made by email, signatures made using digital pens, and signed digital documents. These were the first steps towards legalizing eSignatures worldwide.

Need for new laws for eSignatures

With electronic signatures witnessing growth in use, businesses and governments in various countries understood the need to formulate guidelines for regulating the safe usage of such signatures.

In 1996, Utah became the first state in the United States to pass a legislation that gave legal status to documents that had been signed electronically. Other states followed suit, and by the time the E-SIGN Act of 2000 was passed and signed into law by President Bill Clinton in the year 2000, a number of states already had their own regulations.

In the European Union, The Electronic Signatures Directive of 1999 served as the reference to using electronic signatures in electronic contracts within the Union. The federal E-SIGN Act passed by the Congress in the U.S., and some of the guidelines in it became a reference to other legislations around the world. What helped in the passing of the E-SIGN act were the concepts laid in the Uniform Electronic Transactions Act (UETA) released by the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws (NCCUSL) in 1999. Soon enough, other countries around the world were formulating their own regulations on the use of electronic signatures.

Where are eSignatures now?

At the moment, eSignatures are enforceable in more than 36 countries. Other countries are acknowledging the need for eSignature regulations, and in the years to come, many more are bound to adopt new legislations to grant validity to electronic signatures. This would help more businesses to switch over to electronic signatures and take down associated barriers that stand in the way.

Now that you’ve seen how signatures have evolved from cave paintings to electronic signatures, it is time for you to learn how you can sign and send a document online.

Sign a document now to see how eSignatures work!

From cave paintings to being electronic – how signatures evolved over time

We use signatures every day, treating it as a trivial action, and not giving much thought to it.

Why should we? We have used them since we were kids, trying to figure out our own scribbles. Signatures are now ubiquitous, and we don’t think about them, simply because we are so used to them.

But if we did stop and think somewhere, we would be dumbfounded as to how affixing a few scratches on paper is taken to mean our consent for anything that has been written. We would think how and when we decided that this was the way we were going to prove our approval of anything. There should be a date for this, yes?

The truth is, we started using signatures a really long time ago.

Signatures are believed to have been derived from one of the first modes of communication after speech – symbols. Symbols have been widely used by prehistoric humans and the first crude signatures, done for the purpose we use them now, would have been made about 30,000 years ago.

1First signatures? Hand stencils, dated 13000 to 9000 years ago, Cueva de la Manos, Argentina
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The oldest, most popular symbols in prehistoric times were cave paintings and rock art. These means of communication sometimes had individual marks that signalled that they had all been done by the same person. These were perhaps how the messages were authenticated, even. Similar patterns across regions, unique designs that stood out from the rest, these were arguably the first signatures.

2 Clay SealsMesopotamian limestone cylinder seal and its impression, invented around 3500 BC in Mesopotamia, Modern day Iraq. Image Source

Eventually, by the time the Bronze Age had begun, symbols helped humans develop the first writing systems. Historians have observed that writing emerged in many different cultures in this period. Some of the earliest written communication methods happen to be the Sumerian cuneiforms, Egyptian hieroglyphics, Cretan hieroglyphics, Chinese logographs, and the script of the Olmecs in Mesoamerica. The Sumerians, in particular, authenticated their writings by using seals applied into their clay tablets. 

It was Iron Age by the time we got to our first alphabets. The Phoenician alphabet gave rise to Greek and Aramaic which led to the development of the major writing systems that spread to Western Asia and Africa and Europe. They became the foundations for a majority of modern languages.

3 Exekias Greek SignatureSignature of the ancient Greek vase-painter and potter Exekias, who was active in Athens roughly between 545 BC and 530 BC. Image Source

The earliest handwritten signatures that were used to authenticate documents were observed during the rule of Roman emperor Valentinian III, in the year 439 AD. The practice of adding subscripto to authenticate wills began around this period as well. A subscripto is a short handwritten sentence at the end of the document that says the signer has subscribed to the contents of the document. This practice of signing documents with a similar declaration and the form of using one’s own name to represent the signature can be attributed to this exact time.

Since then, written or printed communication (thanks to Gutenberg’s press) continued to be the norm till the second half of the nineteenth century. This was during the Industrial Revolution, and it changed the way we lived. Some of the inventions of this period are the foundations of our modern world –  the telephone, steam engine, airplane, and automobile. With regards to communication, the invention of Morse code, first used in 1844, revolutionised the field and cut short the time it took to pass information from months and weeks to mere seconds.

4 Morse_Telegraph_1837A morse telegraph, 1837 AD. Image Source

It was from here that the journey of electronic signatures began. In our next blog post, we will be talking about how electronic signatures are becoming legal across the globe.

In the meantime, if you are impatient to learn how modern-day electronic signatures work, try signing a document with one now!

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Customer Spotlight: Roman Rytov, Co-Founder and Chief Wheeling Officer of Wheely Grilly

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Simplifying life – by enhancing productivity and saving time, has always been the mantra at SignEasy. And it is always a special moment when a user reaches out to us saying how we have helped in making their lives easier. The most satisfying part of what we do, is in helping them build and grow their business they are passionate about.

Recently, we had the opportunity to connect with one such person, Roman Rytov. Roman is the Chief Wheeling Officer at Wheely Grilly, a grill-on-the-wheel food truck operating out of Atlanta, GA. After working in the IT industry for over 23 years, he switched to the entrepreneurial side to co-found Wheely Grilly with his partner. As the Chief Wheeling Officer, his responsibilities include sales, marketing, business development and growth of the customer base. The food truck is a prototype of their future restaurant business.

Roman kept aside some time in between delighting his customers, to share his SignEasy experience with us. Here are a few excerpts.

What does a day in Roman’s life look like?

I start my day at 6:30 AM and skim through emails first as there might be urgent emails to address. I also look into the service inquiries to be responded to and other interactions on social channels. This is how the early morning goes. During the day, if we have a shift where I work myself, it occupies all of my time in the truck. If the trucks go with crews staffed, I often go along to talk to the customers, see for myself that everything works and what can be improved.

What do you love most about your profession?

The most I enjoy is the fact that now I’m the boss of myself and responsible for the business end-to-end. Besides that, it’s an extremely rewarding industry. We have at least one or two first-time customers who buy from the truck during a festival, and a couple of hours later come back to buy more food. This undoubtedly proves my partner’s high-quality culinary skills and backs up our strategy. To see almost immediate factual appreciation of your work is very meaningful.

What sort of paperwork do you encounter during your daily life?

I’m always attentive to the inquiries about our service since the speed of reaction to inbound customer requests is the king of the game. I complete application forms, send our marketing materials, share references, and compose a proposal adjusted for the customer. I use SignEasy a few times a day for completing various forms, signing contracts and applications.

How did you discover SignEasy?

Once I asked one of my customers to “print-sign-scan” a document and received his response a few seconds later. I was intrigued by the speed and asked for the secret behind this. The customer obliged and two minutes later, I had purchased a SignEasy license for myself.

What is a typical workflow in which you use SignEasy?

Let’s say you organize an event and look for the food trucks to bid. You send an application form with lots of empty fields to complete. Each such form is unique and I complete all the relevant information: menu details, credit card numbers, sign with initials acknowledging certain policies, etc. Then I attach more generic documents and the links and send it. There is nothing complex here, but the ability to respond faster by quickly filling the documents and signing them is vital.

How has it improved your life?

As mentioned earlier, the trump of success in our business – besides high-quality food and customer service – is the speed of response. In our case, it’s measured by minutes, not hours. Without SignEasy, we simply couldn’t have been this fast, and we’d have lost a few deals. At times, it allows me to address the paperwork and sign documents the first thing in the morning, well before I have actually started working. It empowers me to do my job anywhere.

What results have you experienced after using the SignEasy app?

The speed of reaction is what differentiates us from other food trucks. When we respond within a few minutes after the inquiry has been sent with the total package and all the paperwork signed (while others ask for extra time to get to the scanner), it creates an overall impression of professionalism and excellent execution. SignEasy has helped us create that impression on our customers. It helps save time, and earn money. It is flawless and always works as expected.

How do you see SignEasy helping other people around you?

I’m planning to hire a person for booking, truck scheduling, and other operations, working without vendors and suppliers. We’ll then work together with SignEasy, and I’m sure it’ll be up for the challenge.

Thank you for sharing your SignEasy experience with us! Check out Wheely Grilly to see what Roman has to offer.

Take a look at our Spotlight Series to see how eSignatures improve lives of people from different walks of life.

If you have an interesting story to share about SignEasy, write to us at hello[at]getsigneasy.com, we would love to hear from you.

What benefits can eSignatures bring to your business?

In the 90s, personal computing started to become more prominent in business, as organizations wanted to take advantage of faster processing and greater computing capabilities. Anything that minimized delays with paperwork and moved things faster was a plus. Thus, the transition of business processes towards digitization was almost organic. However, what continued (and still does) to stand out as an anomaly in this shift from paper to digital workflow, are signatures. As a practice ingrained in their systems, individual professionals and businesses still tend to switch to paper when it comes to signing documents. This has been a recurring ‘last hurdle’ in the move to an all electronic process. Signatures are a highly vital element in business workflows, and bring in a lot of dependencies with them. Therefore, this break in the otherwise smooth, digitized business processes make businesses – starting from freelancers to SMBs to enterprises – slow and far less productive. Alongside this, count in the other hassles with respect to paperwork – they get lost or damaged, hamper collaboration etc.

Now, with electronic signatures, documents can be signed online, cutting down turnaround time by more than 90%. It means a document can now be signed and sent online even before the ink had dried on paper, figuratively! The signed document is also legally valid – enforceable by legislations passed in various countries.

As rightly pointed by Geoffrey Moore, author of the bestseller Crossing the Chasm, “E-signatures remove the last barrier between a hybrid paper-to-digital workflow to an all-electronic process, dramatically accelerating closure in any type of transaction that requires a contract. E-signatures let users cruise through the workflow without stopping.”

Let’s have a look at the benefits electronic signatures bring to your business.

Cost Savings
You might think that paper is cheap. However, paperwork accrues up costs – in purchasing, printing, copying, scanning, delivering and storing of paper. Imagine how much you could be saving by digitizing this process. A research conducted by Ombud for enterprises that adopted eSignatures, showed that the average savings per document is $20, and expected ROI over the next five years can be as much as $50 million – when integrated with existing internal technologies and business processes.

Saving Time
It is surprising how we are almost compulsive at times with the age old paperwork ritual of printing, signing followed by faxing/scanning and then sending it – all this while knowing it is costing us time. On certain other occasions, you’d be wishing for all this to be digitized, allowing you to focus on other important matters. Here’s the straight fact – eSignatures can help businesses avoid all these delays. The turnaround time for a document can be shortened by as much as 90%! This stat on its own can serve as the impetus for businesses in adopting eSignatures.

Mobility
Technology has helped in the growth of a multi-device, multiple location workforce. Forrester’s 2013 Report of Mobile Workforce Adoption Trends shows that the number of ‘anytime, anywhere’ workers grew between 15% to 29% during 2011-2012. A major advantage of eSignatures is in helping businesses to function irrespective of location and time.

Paper Trail
Managing paper can be a tiresome task. Time and expenditure in sending documents, copying it and storing for filing; and add to it the possibility of documents being damaged, lost or forged – these pain points can be avoided using electronic signatures. It is also easier to archive and retrieve, and a digital log will provide the details of the document such as email addresses, time when the document was signed, IP address, and the digital fingerprint of the document.

Additional Security
Electronic signatures can be protected using passcodes, and biometric authentication methods. Users can access documents only by using their associated eSignature credentials provided by the solution provider, and the receiver of the emailed document can only access it from his protected account. This lends it additional security when compared to ordinary paperwork.

Environment
Did you know that over 10 liters of water is required to make a sheet of A4 paper, or that 50% of business waste is constituted of paper? The effort and consciousness to protect the environment by adopting nature-friendly measures is only multiplying by each day. This brings in a real, legitimate demand for reducing paperwork at work. Electronic signatures help in saving paper and trees, bringing down greenhouse gas emissions, and reducing the burden on the environment.

Now that you’re aware of the benefits of electronic signatures, are you ready to make the move? 

Try signing a test document now!

Customer Spotlight: Sudeep Mishra, Co-Founder and MD of TresVista Financial Services

Sudeep Mishra

Every single second we spend at SignEasy HQ while building, discussing and ideating is centered around just one key thought – how can we simplify life by enhancing productivity and saving time. The best & the only validation to this comes when we hear from our users telling us about the bit we added in making their lives easier.

One such user is Sudeep Mishra. Sudeep is the Co-Founder and Managing Director of TresVista Financial Services Pvt. Ltd., a high-end financial services provider that offers a diverse, and in-depth set of services to investment banks, private equity firms, hedge funds, and financial services institutions. Prior to co-founding TresVista, he was the Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of Business Development at Globatronix (Bombay) Pvt. Ltd., and played an integral role in the rapid growth of the company.

Sudeep spent some time talking to us as part of our Spotlight Series, sharing his SignEasy experience. Here are a few excerpts.

So Sudeep, what is your daily routine like?

We provide valuation and research services primarily to private equity firms and other asset managers. I come in at 9 a.m. and meet with various heads of departments, starting with financial operations, HR and business development. I typically have a couple of sales calls and interviews that primarily deal with retainer contracts, or multi-week projects that we sign on.

What devices do you use daily?

I use an iMac at work, an iPad at home and carry an iPhone.

Tell us more about your SignEasy experience.

It works really well for me as it allows me to get documents that I usually deal with- retainer contracts, non-disclosure agreements, and more – signed in a timely manner right on my iPhone, when I am home as well as when I am on the road.

How does it help you?

SignEasy has given me the freedom to be more mobile, productive and responsive when I am out of office.

If you could describe SignEasy in one word, what would that be?

Easy!

Thank you Sudeep, for sharing your SignEasy experience with us.

Take a look at our Spotlight Series to see how eSignatures improve lives of people from different walks of life.

If you have an interesting story to share about SignEasy, write to us at hello@getsigneasy.com, we would love to hear from you.

 

How ‘Super’ eSignatures save the day for businesses

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Oliver John, a Client Manager at Neuron Wireless Ltd, had  a problem.

On a busy Friday, while he was out on a client visit, he received a call from another customer who wanted a signed copy of an invoice to process a payment. Oliver realized that his quarterly numbers were dependent upon this payment arriving on time. He immediately broke into a sweat, knowing that since the quarter ended the next day which was a holiday, he ran the risk of not meeting his quarterly targets if he couldn’t get that payment on time. But how? It was unlikely that he’d have a printer, scanner or a fax machine around him until the end of the day. Going by the traditional print & courier meant he would only receive this payment in his next quarter and not the current one. What was he to do?

This is a dilemma that has faced professionals for decades now, since the paper document became the main way that businesses confirmed and validated their transactions.

Only in the last few years with the advent of eSignatures, the problem had started to resolve itself.

How?

Legally binding
Ever since eSignatures were legalized and granted the same authority as physical signatures by the ESIGN Act, 2000 in the US, workplaces have adopted them more. Other countries have followed suit, opening eSignatures to people and industries in different parts of the world.

Faster Signing Process
With eSignatures, instead of printing a document, signing it and then sending it, one can simply open the document and input a signature with a few clicks of the mouse, or a few taps on the mobile device, and send it immediately.

Device Friendly
In the new age of technology, documents can be signed using eSignatures on mobile, tablet, or computers. This means there is flexibility in signing and sending documents from anywhere, anytime. A document can be signed and sent from any device, without having to run around searching for a printer and scanner.

Cloud Storage
With cloud integration, documents can be saved on the cloud, making it easier to access them. One can even sign and send documents without having to download them onto the device.

And how did all this help Oliver?

Within minutes he had picked up his phone, launched the SignEasy app, signed the invoice and sent it across to the customer. Voila! The money was in the bank by the morning, his quarterly targets had been met, and he had another happy customer.

And that would be just one example of how Super eSignatures saved the day, yet again!


 

5 reasons to try out SignEasy for Web

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SignEasy for Web is a week old now, and we have already talked out our thoughts behind this step  from being mobile-only to mobile-centric, or as we say, “user-centric”.

The key user delight we believe, will be it being a viable, easy-to-use, and a powerful alternative to the enterprise-oriented document signing experience on the web.

Here’s a low-down on what you – as a first time or a veteran SignEasy user, can expect in its new desktop avatar.

Flexibility
This is all set to address the recurring question “When would SignEasy be available on the desktops and notebooks?”, which used to come from our customers using SignEasy in their offices. This feedback, coupled with insights like  80% of the workforce still using desktops, was one of the reasons behind SignEasy for Web. Now that it’s finally here, users can sign documents on their computers as well, alongside SignEasy’s eSignature experience on mobile devices. This provides SMBs more flexibility for their employees and customers, who now have one more avenue for signing documents.

Convenience
Think of all those instances of reviewing and signing documents that run into multiple pages or those which need lots of data to be filled in. The traditional desktop experience still scores over the mobile one in all such cases, which in fact are pretty common. SignEasy for Web will allow reviewing, filing and signing all such documents directly from your workstations.

Usability
The larger screen allows you more usability in accessing and reading documents, but more importantly, it allows you to move signatures and other annotations around in the document, and place them exactly where and how you like it.

Ease of Use
There is no further need to download and install a third party software to sign and send documents online. You can simply go to app.getsigneasy.com and start using it on your browser immediately.

No more switching between devices
In the absence of a desktop/notebook signature experience, the existing SignEasy users were forced to leave their workstation and switch to the mobile app for signing a document and then switch back to their workstation- a certainly cumbersome experience. With SignEasy for Web, they can  now work without such distractions and send documents right from your desktops.

Time to experience this, hands-on! Try out the SignEasy for Web now. Read this to help you get started.


Accelerating the tax refund process with eSignatures

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Every year, over 2 billion Euros are left unclaimed in Europe.

Most travelers who shop in the European Union are unaware of VAT refunds, and this is what Vatfree in Netherlands looks to solve. They assist over 16000 travellers annually who want to shop tax-free in the Netherlands. However, when travelers arrive at Schiphol Airport, Amsterdam, they often expect a long, cumbersome and tedious process of tax refunds due to previous experiences.

How did SignEasy fit in?
To ease up the refund process for their customers, Vatfree switched to SignEasy. Travelers are greeted with a simple digital process on an iPad. After submitting their receipts, they are asked to fill out and sign a consent form with their personal details. The consent form authorizes Vatfree to collect taxes on their behalf and the money transferred to the traveler.

What did SignEasy bring to Vatfree and their customers in the process?

  • Efficiency
    Using SignEasy, Vatfree simplifies the refund process for the traveler by cutting down 3 to 5 minutes of the time spent per customer. This meant that for every 12 customers, Vatfree gains an hour in the day.
  • Customer Satisfaction
    By using electronic signatures, Vatfree leverages technology to ensure customers have a fast and hassle-free workflow when it comes to the refund process. Travelers benefit from the digital paperwork process, especially in airports as they tend to be in a hurry.
  • Differentiation
    Vatfree stands out from other companies with their adoption of technology that simplifies their workflows.
  • Social Responsibility
    With the use of electronic signatures, and digitized paperwork processes, Vatfree saves paper, contributing to the environment.

Listen to what Henk Smeenk of Vatfree has to say about SignEasy.


Do you have a story similar to Vatfree? Or are you looking to embrace change like how they did? If so, share your thoughts in the comments, or write to us at hello[at]getsigneasy.com

Get to know the new SignEasy for Web!

After months of hard work and sleepless nights, we are thrilled that SignEasy for Web is finally out. This is a very exciting feature as it gives users the flexibility to now use SignEasy on desktops and notebooks, along with mobiles and tablets. The web app is supported on Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome and Safari, and can be used on both Windows and Mac OS.

Let me give you a walk-through to help you get started with SignEasy for Web.

For a quick overview, check out the video below.

The new SignEasy for Web is handy for users who would like to use SignEasy on their desktops and notebooks, along with the existing mobile experience. It supports multiple document formats such as PDF, MS-Office (DOC, DOCX, XLS, XLSX, PPT), Openoffice, Text, HTML, RTF, CSV, and also images (JPG, BMP, PNG, TIFF). Please remember however that the signed files that are exported using SignEasy will be in PDF format. It also allows you to insert initials, dates and text other than signatures.

Who can use SignEasy for Web?

SignEasy for Web can be used by anyone with a desktop or a notebook. To start, go to app.getsigneasy.com where you will be welcomed by the login screen. If you don’t have a SignEasy account yet, create one using a valid email ID and password. You will need to verify your account from your email address. You can also sign up using your Google account which will allow you to skip the verification process and start immediately.

If you are an existing user, simply log in using your SignEasy credentials and get started. All the documents within your SignEasy app in your mobile/tablet device will be available in the web app as well.

New users will find it easy to navigate and use the web app with the helpful prompts to get you started.

Getting Started : Importing the Documents

Once you log in for the first time, you can find a test document waiting for you to try a sample signature on. You can find  visual prompts which show you how to scroll, rotate, zoom and add signatures, initials, date, text and more.

You can import a document by clicking on the Import button on the left side of the dashboard.
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Then select the file you want to import.
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You can also import a document by selecting a file on your file explorer, dragging it into the web app window and dropping it.
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Done! How do I sign the document now?

Click on Signature to input your signature. Choose any one of the Signature options and input your signature by clicking on OK.

You can add as many signatures as you’d like on a document by clicking on the document to add. To stop, hit the Escape key.

For the benefit of our users, we have multiple options for adding signatures.

  • Draw

The default option is to draw your signature. You can draw your signature using the mouse or track pad.
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Select the ‘Save as primary signature’ checkbox to save the signature for future use.

  • Type

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This option allows you to type your name which will be converted into a stylized signature, with four options you can choose from.

  • Sign via Mobile

Using this option, you can have a signature link sent to your registered e-mail address.
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Access the link in your mobile device to get directed to a signature screen in your mobile web browser.
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Draw your signature on the screen and once you hit OK, your signature will automatically appear in the desktop browser.
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You can select on the checkbox below to save it as your primary signature which you can use later.

  • Saved

If you’ve added a signature before, it will be saved automatically as your primary signature which you can choose instead of having to draw your signature each time. You can also save your signature which was signed using the Sign via Mobile option.
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Ok, added my signature too. What’s next?

SignEasy allows you to add more details other than signatures in the document, such as initials, date and text.

Initials
To add your initials, follow the same process with the options for adding signatures.

Date
You can add the current day’s date by selecting the Date option and clicking on the document.

To change the date or date format, you have two options.

1. Editing the date manually by clicking on the Date element and changing it.
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2. To change the date format used in the document, go to the document dashboard, click on Profile, where you can view the Account Overview page. You can change the default date format by choosing the preferred format and saving the changes.
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Text
Sometimes, while signing documents there will be a need to add text, such as Name, Title, Designation, Address etc. To add text in a document, simply click on the Text icon on top, and then on the document to insert the text box. Type your text and hit Escape to finish.
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What if I need to make some changes?

If you’ve made a few mistakes while adding signatures, text or other annotations, and do not want to manually delete each element and want to start from scratch again, use the Revert Changes option by clicking on the More icon. This will clear any additions that were made to the original document, and return it to its original form.
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And, sharing the document?

Once you’ve drawn your signature and added it in the document, you can choose to send it right away or save it as a draft.

Click on Done to finalize the document or save as a draft.
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Click on the Share icon to share the document.
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Enter the email address of the party with whom you want to share the document. If you have multiple email addresses, you can enter them separated by commas. Add an optional note for the email and when you’re done, click OK to email the documents.
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Hope this is useful in helping you get started with the new SignEasy for Web! If you have doubts, check our Support portal, or write to us at support[at]getsigneasy.com

We would love to have your feedback regarding your web app experience. This would help us understand how you are using the product, and make improvements. We are constantly fine-tuning the product, and your suggestions and opinions are very important to us. If you would like to share your thoughts, drop us a line at hello[at] getsigneasy.com


From Mobile-Only to Mobile-Centric : Introducing SignEasy for Web

In 2010, we started with the idea of helping people sign documents on the go. Smartphones and tablets were the platforms we focused on to achieve that goal. But as SignEasy evolved over the last few years and became a go-to tool for many businesses – ranging from independent businesses to small and medium businesses, to even departments in large organizations – we realized that SignEasy is not just a utility on the go anymore, but more of a productivity solution for a business. SignEasy was making employees more efficient and thus helping achieve greater business results.

Even though we kept getting accolades from our customers and partners like Apple and Dropbox for bringing out a simple, easy-to-use and innovative app for eSigning, there was one thing that was nagging us for a long time.

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One consistent feedback from our customers who used SignEasy from their offices was that “When would SignEasy be available on the Web?”

 

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We had to find out if it was something we wanted to get into when there are other players in the market. The only way to make that decision was to look at data and try to understand why and how our customers would use the web version.

A typical response from one of our frequent users was this –

Mobile is great for getting a signature but most of the forms I work with need lots of data filled in at a later time and it is much easier to do that on a computer.  Adding in numbers and dates is unpractical and time consuming on the phone with a customer. Most of my paperwork can be filled out on the computer and then signed when I go see the customer on the app.

We found out that despite the popularity of smartphones and tablets, office work is primarily done on desktops and laptops. A survey conducted in 2014 showed that over 80% of people still use desktop computers and more than 60% use laptops at work. Modern work trends indicate that people work from multiple locations using multiple devices; it allows flexibility and convenience for employees. In such a scenario, it was hard to ignore the growing demand from our users for a web based eSignature functionality. It was a perfect opportunity to leverage our eSigning solution to the web so that our customers could use SignEasy anywhere they prefered to – either at work or in personal lives.

Today, we are excited to launch a brand new SignEasy experience for the web which carries the same ethos of user experience, ease of use and features like our popular mobile apps.

We invite you to try it out and share your feedback. It is a new beginning for us to move from mobile-only to user-centric platforms, i.e. mobile, web and whatever screen that arrives in the future. You can reach out to us at hello[at]getsigneasy.com if you would like to share your thoughts.

 

 

 

SignEasy turns 5!

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Anniversaries are always special. A time to look back and see how we have grown over the years, the paths travelled, and more importantly the future of what lies ahead for us.

In 2010, SignEasy was launched with the idea of simplifying paperwork for people. Over the years, it has helped people by empowering them to be more productive and efficient in their workplace, making their lives simpler and easier.

And today we turn 5. All of this wouldn’t have been possible without your support. So to everyone who has been part of our journey – our users, partners, friends and family, we are grateful.

Here is a small video of what we’ve been up to in these 5 years.

Celebrating 5 years of helping the world go paperless!

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– Sunil and SignEasy Team

eSign & Digital India – The Way Forward

The Prime Minister of India announced last week what he called the Digital India Vision, a future in which India connects citizens and ground level innovation with digital gateways. The aim is to make governance, national programs and information simpler for India’s citizens. And part of the presentation included a reference to eSigning as a means to save time and make life simpler for the average Indian.

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This is a proud moment for us. We are right now the leading Indian company to be able to provide an eSignature solution, akin to digital signatures, to the world. The fact that we foresaw this shift and have been working on this for the last five years gives us immense pride. And this is what the industry calls ‘validation’, when your concept is proved and appreciated in the real world.

But then, why is eSignature, a mere digital electronic signature, so important in this vision of a Digital India?

It is extraordinarily important, and I’ll tell you why.

  • Ease of Use
    eSignatures are easy to grasp and use, as has been shown by several of the organisations and individuals who have taken to it in the last few years. It shows eSignatures as the ideal gateway for small towns and rural population to personalised services that will help make India a digital nation. The fact that signatures are one of the most ubiquitous and important acts in day-to-day business and trade make it the perfect starting point for people who wish to use it. Any more initiatives on the digital front by the government have to take care of ownership and legal issues of copyright. eSignatures are the base for any and all these initiatives.
  • Versatility
    eSignatures, aided mostly by apps on smartphones that dominate internet access in India, can be accessed and used from anywhere in the country, as long as there’s a phone connection. As of September 2014, India has 930 million mobile phones, and it is adding more at the rate of more than 5 million a month. Even if we take away half this number as not being ‘smartphones’, this means that the reach and scope of this technology is deep. It can bring about a real change in the way rural India goes about its business. No important transactions or negotiations need to be stalled anymore because an important stakeholder is travelling or is unable to fax across documents.
  • Legal
    The US government recognised eSignatures as equally binding as ‘wet Signatures’ in 2000 and India followed suit in 2008. What makes eSignatures even better at times than normal signatures on paper? The fact that though normal signatures can be forged, eSignatures can’t be. Every digital act will leave a footprint that can be traced right back to a probable miscreant. Every eSignature can be checked and cross checked to have come from a specific individual. This makes the system more or less foolproof.
  • Ideal for Modern Businesses
    In this time of internet businesses and the unbundling of entrenched sectors, we need technology that can not only do its job well, but also be able to integrate with other technologies and services that together might give a use even more convenience. According to the Aberdeen Group, businesses that employ electronic signatures in B2B sales cycles see customer retention improve by 6.4% annually. This is a very significant number. And most eSignature services are compatible with all of the other internet services you use including Dropbox, Google, Box, Slack and so on. The result is a seamless experience that wastes no time at all for the modern businessman, driving up sales and profitability.
  • Affordability
    The bottom-line in a market like India is how much this is going to cost individual users and SMBs. Because overcoming barriers to change is only possible when the price point for a new product is inviting enough for a user to consider. On this front as well, eSignatures come up trumps, as most of these products, including our product SignEasy, start from as little as INR 300, which is as cheap as they come for technology of this much value.

We have seen organizations use innovative paperless solutions in India. ICICI, one of the leading private sector banks, have adopted “Tab Banking” to open a new account. Their officers visit homes and offices to scan the necessary documents such as photographs and KYC documents. This is an important step towards helping customers avoid the need to send signed paperwork. Even though with Tab Banking signatures are not required on the KYC documents, there is still the requirement for signing on a particular form that is tied to the bank account.

The future is not far away where the officer neither has to visit the doorstep of customer nor the customer visit the bank. With eSignatures, the customers can sign and send the necessary forms to the bank themselves. Imagine the number of hours saved by the people and bank, the trips that can be avoided, and the ultimate gain in efficiency. This can be achieved on a grander scale. For example, SBI processed more than 70 million new accounts opened in 2013-2014 AY. All of those account opening processes could move to eSigning instead of physical signatures.

The push that the Government of India is giving to eSignatures is mostly about starting at a point where it is easy for the people to congregate and start using technology. It is a sound, well thought out move that could pay dividends in the future as we look towards building a digital nation.


How SignEasy got featured in an Apple campaign (and almost screwed it up!)

SignEasy was a two person operation in 2010, the year we launched. And bootstrapping meant a lot of pressure first on gaining and then on maintaining traction; there was, and still is, no safety jacket. If we have no money to pay salaries and run operations, there is no company or product, period. But we have been lucky, and successful enough to be profitable.

Today we have grown into a 15 member team, and SignEasy is now among the most successful apps on iOS and Android.

As more and more paperwork moves to the cloud, we are extremely well placed to help individuals and SMBs use eSignatures, and in turn, save paper and a lot of time and money in the process.

What we think about a lot

Innovation and customer happiness, that’s our mantra. An app like SignEasy is passing through a quality check every time a customer uses it. Which means any and all feedback is in real time, giving us the data we need to keep innovating and to keep the customer happy.

Our almost continuous updates and fixes to leverage Apple’s iOS strengths (such as our iOS extension and Touch-ID support), and to bring more capabilities to customers is due to this ruthless focus on user experience.

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These priorities are what I believe got us noticed by Apple.

Early April this year, something popped up in my inbox. It was a mail from Apple’s marketing agency about featuring SignEasy on their upcoming iPad summer campaign. Needless to say, we were overjoyed. Though branding with an Apple ad was one reason for our excitement, there was a significant business angle as well — iOS accounts for 85% of our paying users, and Apple’s early adopters, the people who appreciate a well designed product, had always been our own champions. Apple wanted secrecy, they specified that no major changes should be introduced to the UI and product screens throughout the campaign, which would have made the ad rendering dated.

We agreed, and complied within a 48 hour window. We couldn’t control our excitement. After all, this was the ecosystem we had been nurturing for some time. This recognition was the ultimate feather in our cap. It was all about that important word we kept hearing about in startup conferences and funding events all around the world — validation. Then we went back to our work mode with fingers crossed, looking forward to hear back from them in the near future.

Until it all went wrong.

It was the 4th of May. A routine update for iOS went wrong and our users were unable to sign documents. We were devastated. We apologized to our customers immediately, and by May 6, had expedited a fix that went live that very night, restoring full service back to our users. It had taken a day and a night of non-stop work, but we had fixed the issue, and we heaved a sigh of relief.

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Several users were happy with the way we handled this.

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Little did our users know that we were running against time, as May 7 was the day the iPad campaign went live. A lot of interest would be heading in our direction and needless to say, it wouldn’t have been very impressive if the app had been down on that very day.

Behind the scenes

The point I want to make here is that this experience again underlined to us the uniqueness of the lean, nimble startup model that we follow, despite being a five year old bootstrapped company. Our users have never had a reason not to trust us, and neither did Apple. As partners and owners of the ecosystem we are part of, it was imperative not to disappoint them, and we are proud we did not. The work that we put in to get the app working for our users again, the small colors and buttons we test and change to enhance usability, the late night frustrations with pizza delivery — these are things our users will never see, and that is by design.

It makes us proud that all this behind the scenes work reflects on the little screen in our users’ hands, and that they enjoy it enough to say that they love it.

Head over to this Youtube video where SignEasy’s ease of eSignature is being showcased by Apple.

 

and other apps listed in the small business section by Apple:www.apple.com/ipad/change-everything/.

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Part 2 of this post will talk about the actual gains that we had by being part of the Apple campaign. There are going to be metrics, and a lot of takeaways for app store citizens like us. So stay tuned!

If you have an interesting story to share and exchange notes on how you got featured in App Stores or just want to say hello, drop me a note at spatro At getsigneasy Dot com.


This post originally appeared on Medium.

Introducing a faster, simpler & more powerful signing experience in the SignEasy Android app

We have been working hard to provide our millions of users around the world the fastest and smoothest way of signing their documents on the go. Today, we are rolling out our updated Android app (v3.5.3) which will provide you with an improved signing experience on your Android devices. We have always put our users first while building user experiences by conducting usability studies with real users to provide you the best experience so far on our Android application. Let me give you a tour of our new features:

Resizing your signature, initials and text

We studied thoroughly how new users use our Android app, which gave us some pretty interesting insights into the UX of the app. We found that users are accustomed to ‘drag’ to resize an annotation on a document, that’s when we thought about changing the way of re-sizing your signature, initials and text on our Android application to make the editing experience much more intuitive.


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Deleting added annotations

Earlier, users weren’t able to delete the previously added annotations on their document before finalizing it, which forced them to start the signing process all over again in the case of a mistake. With our updated app, users can now re-size any annotations while they are in the editing mode.

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Rotating a document

Thousands of documents, of various kinds, are imported and signed regularly via our Android application. Sometimes, users receive documents which are not rotated or oriented properly. You never know the manner in which documents will be sent to you.  It’s because of the constant feedback from our users around the world, we have included this feature for you such that you can easily rotate the document with a single tap. In the document editing screen, just tap on the document to view the rotate option.

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Navigate easily between pages

It’s no surprise that in an app that uses a content driven information structure, easy navigation provides an important part of the user experience. For example, users navigate through an e-book by moving from one page to the next or by choosing a page in the table of contents. In our latest release, a user can quickly navigate between the pages with left and right swipe or by tapping on the page thumbnails to jump to any page of a document. This will considerably reduce your time while trying to sign a ten-page document on the go.

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Pinch to zoom

There’s no more distinctive multi-touch gesture than pinch-to-zoom in today’s smartphone world and we are giving our users the same magical experience with our latest release. This reminds me of Steve Jobs, back in 2007, standing on stage sharing the benefits of Apple’s then-new iPhone touchscreen (video) which works like ‘magic’ because of its pinch-to-zoom multi touch feature!

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We update our Android app every few weeks such that it continues to work great for you. We are also working on some interesting new features and we’re excited for you to try them out soon. Join our big group of beta-testers by clicking this link on your mobile, to get early access to our upcoming features! Feel free to share your feedback and suggestions as a comment over here or email us at support@getsigneasy.com.

That sheet of A4 paper you threw away cost the Earth 10 litres of water

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We’ve all written lovelorn poetry in the back of our notebooks when we were at University. Well, anything to get through dreary finance classes, yes? But when we tore away those sheets of paper to pass on to our friends and then watched it get tossed into the wastebasket in a mock slam-dunk, did we ever think of the cost of making those sheets of paper?

 

I know I never did. In those days, the environment wasn’t on my mind all that much.

 

But when I started SignEasy, the world was a different place. Rampant consumerism and consumption has made the world a place that doesn’t think much about what it is doing if there is no immediate financial impact. But that’s an illusion. The way we are using up Earth’s resources means that soon there will come a point when the things that we take so much for granted, like water on a tap, and gas on a pipe, and clean air to breath, will become commodities to be bought and sold like gold and oil. Why? Because we exploited them so much there isn’t anything left for the future.

 

At SignEasy, we like to think that by trying to move documentation and its accompanying activities to the electronic realm, with every little inch of paper that we help save, we are making a tiny dent in the onslaught towards oblivion. And so we encourage you to sign on and use SignEasy as well.

 

“… it is the small, every-day deeds of ordinary folk that keeps the darkness at bay. Small acts of kindness and love.” – JRR Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings.
 
If you think the infographic above is important enough to share, please do so. Remember, small dents.

 

 

SignEasy Featured in New iPad Campaign

We are thrilled to announce that SignEasy is featured in Apple’s new iPad campaign “Everything Changes with iPad”, aimed to onboard new users by exposing them to the best apps and tools that are changing the way people live and work every day. SignEasy is part of the ‘Small Business Collection’ recommended by Apple along with other great apps such as Square, Scannable, Quickbooks, OmniFocus2 and Numbers. Take a look and get inspired with the official video:

 

Our team is truly honoured to be recognised by Apple for our effort in helping businesses and consumers leave behind the paper cycle using our industry leading eSignature solution available on iPads and iPhones.

This is certainly a special way to start our 5th year Anniversary celebrations as we are approaching June 20th, the day when the first version of SignEasy was launched on App Store.
Big thanks to the Apple team, our partners and customers for supporting us along our journey.

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Introducing the new ink pen signature style on SignEasy Android App

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The new SignEasy App for Android adds character to your electronic signatures by introducing a new fountain pen ink stroke. The responsive strokes and smooth curves greatly enhance the overall signing experience within SignEasy and help in producing a signature that is truer to its counterpart on paper.

Head to Google Play Store to update your SignEasy App and please leave a review letting us know how you like this new signature style.

If you are interested to know more about the technicalities involved in developing this feature, head to our SignEasy engineering blog.

 

SignEasy is localized to 7 new languages from Europe and Asia

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SignEasy is frequently featured in the App Store as a top app in Business, Productivity and Finance categories around the world. Although we are a global product, we believe in making SignEasy App available in local languages. For this reason, the latest SignEasy iOS release includes support for 7 new languages from Europe and Asia: Dutch, Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish, Filipino, Indonesian and Thai, adding to the already existing French, English, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese and Russian. If your native language is one of the above, we look forward to your feedback.

Download the latest version of SignEasy here.

 

 

Introducing SignEasy iOS Extension to Make Signing Paperwork a Breeze from Any App

At SignEasy, we knew that Apple’s new iOS extension capability opened up possibilities that would get us closer to the mission of enabling users to seamlessly sign paperwork regardless of the tool, app or service being used. To be able to sign an important document and send it back while on an idyllic vacation was the utopian dream that inspired the creation of SignEasy. And now SignEasy has made that dream come true with the new iOS extension. With just a single tap of your finger you can now sign any important document right within any app.

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We are excited to launch an iOS extension that empowers users to seamlessly sign and send paperwork from within hundreds of third-party apps. This feature is extremely useful for signing and sending across documents that need a quick turnaround while you are using another app. The extension works its magic with hundreds of project management, email, collaboration and business apps such as Apple’s Mail App, Box, Camscanner, Cloudmagic, Dropbox, GeniusScan, Mailbox, Microsoft OneDrive, Scannable, Slack.

Let’s say you receive a document over email which requires your signature. With the new extension, all you need to do is choose ‘Sign with SignEasy’ to sign it right within your mail app. It’s that easy! No more wasting time switching between apps. What is even better is that you don’t lose the context of your task. Convenient, huh?

This feature is available in more than just email apps. If you manage and store your files in cloud storage services, you will now be able to sign paperwork right from Dropbox, Box or Microsoft’s OneDrive. You can also ‘Sign with SignEasy’ within scanning apps like GeniusScan, Scannable and CamScanner, very handy for approvals, invoices and company expense reimbursements

Watch Founder and CEO, Sunil Patro talk about the iOS extension and envision how your workflow will be transformed by it:

The first time you are using this extension, you must enable the ‘Sign with SignEasy’ option. To do this, tap the ‘More’ icon in the ‘Open in’ share screen and enable ‘Sign with SignEasy’.

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The new SignEasy App, supporting iOS extension is available on the App Store for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

 

5 Reasons to Use SignEasy to File Your Taxes

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It’s that time of the year again when everyone is trying to get a handle on their paperwork to file their taxes. The minute tax season rolls in, the stress that comes with gathering documents, validating them and then filing taxes seems to be a given. But SignEasy is here to show you that doing your taxes can be as easy as a walk in the park.

Here’s how:

  1. Easy signing, storage and sharing of documents: SignEasy gives you the convenience of easily importing, signing and sending or storing all documentation needed to file your taxes. Whether you chose to do your own taxes or use the help of an accountant, with SignEasy you can easily prepare your tax form submissions and get them processed for quick refunds. The email and cloud service integration (Dropbox, Google Drive, Box and Evernote Integration) that it offers ensures that you can easily access all important documents in one place.
  2. Digital trail: To ensure that you can track your paperwork and signed documents, SignEasy ensures that you have a digital log showing the email address of the signer, the time of signing, IP address as well as the digital fingerprint of the document after execution.
  3. Offline Signing & Continuity feature: Filing taxes tends to be a time and resource intensive process. As you fill forms, you can easily sign and save them on the go even if you don’t have a 3G internet signal or WiFi connectivity and send them once you do. Not just that, whether you use an iOS, Android or Kindle device, you can effortlessly switch between devices to complete paperwork. All your files remain safe even if you lose your device.
  4. Passcode & Touch ID for security: Documents required to file your taxes are sensitive and confidential. The Touch ID authentication feature in iOS 8 guarantees that your files are safe and no one besides you can access the documents. You can also set a personal passcode to be entered each time the app is used to sign a document. This protects your electronic signature.
  5. Add an alternate email address: Do you have an executive assistant helping you with your taxes? Or bank statements and receipts that have been sent to your personal email address? That’s not a problem any longer. You can add an alternate email address to make the process of getting your documentation together easy and quick.

Accelerating the tax filing process, making it hassle-free and saving on time and energy is what SignEasy is here to help you do.

 

Feature Tutorial: Use An Alternate Email For Importing Documents

The team at SignEasy is continuously  looking for ways to simplify your life and boost your productivity. The import from a secondary email feature, aims to do just that.

Paperwork is one aspect of conducting business that tends to be laborious. Scanning, signing and sending documents can require a lot of coordination, resources and lead us to unnecessarily wasted time. This is exactly what business professionals are looking to avoid. Businesses and professionals place a premium on saving time and resources and increasing productivity and efficiency.  This feature is aimed at helping you do that by simplifying the process of using electronic signatures for your business.

Do you have an executive assistant processing your emails? This feature makes it possible to add your assistant’s email to your SignEasy account so that your paperwork can get done without any involvement from you. Convenient, isn’t it?

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Ever had a situation where a vendor or client has sent you a contract on your personal email address instead of your work email, which is the one you have linked to SignEasy? That is not a problem anymore!

  • Head to the main menu on the left.
  • Tap on settings.
  • Tap on advanced settings.
  • Swipe to add a second email address.
  • Import the document and sign it.

SignEasy is constantly innovating in order to better serve our customers’ needs and your satisfaction is what matters to us. Do try out the feature and email us with your feedback, queries or suggestions at support@getsigneasy.com.

 

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Introducing Evernote Business for SignEasy

The latest SignEasy update for iOS:v5.4.4 introduces Evernote for Business integration. This makes it even easier for businesses to manage information, resources and work together efficiently.

  • As an Evernote for Business user, SignEasy makes it simple to import and sign documents within the app. You can now view your Business notebooks along with your Personal notebooks on your SignEasy account. Import documents directly from your Evernote notebooks to sign them.

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  • Use features available to SignEasy for Business users to further boost productivity, collaborate easily and work remotely. Whether it is commenting on meeting notes, collecting signatures for an agreement or crossing out irrelevant parts in a collaborative research project, this integration is designed to save you a lot of time and resources.

Enjoy SignEasy on your new shiny iPhone 6 and 6 Plus devices with its fully optimized user interface. It makes doing business on the go a whole lot easier.

 

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Unlimited Signatures with the Freestyle Drawing Feature

We recently launched the latest SignEasy for Business plan. With brand new features to help you get paperwork out of the way even more quickly than before, the SignEasy for Business plan is designed for high levels of productivity and efficiency.

One of the exciting new features introduced in this new plan is freestyle drawing. Answering the need for the inclusion of more than three unique signatures in a document, the freestyle drawing feature multiplies the flexibility and ease already provided by SignEasy.

It can be used in many creative ways to fit your needs in multiple scenarios.

  • Want to keep track of the attendees at an event or important meeting? With the freestyle drawing feature, you can get everyone to sign in. No more chasing down attendance sheets or worrying about accurate attendee numbers!
  • Have a financing agreement, legal contract or real estate deal that needs to be signed by multiple investors? Or a housing loan that needs more than three signatures? With the new feature, this is now incredibly simple.

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  • Do you want to add a note about a particular line in a document or emphasize a change you would like? Use the freestyle feature to add comments.

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  • If you are filling a form and want to strike off options that do not apply to you, by crossing out ‘yes’ or ‘no’ for instance, you can use the freestyle feature to do so.

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We are keen to have you try out the new feature. Do send us your feedback, queries or suggestions at support@getsigneasy.com.

 

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Introducing the New SignEasy for Business Plan

Our latest update for iOS: v5.4.3 has new features to help you get your paperwork out of the way quicker than before! We have introduced a new SignEasy for Business plan. This new plan and its exciting features are a result of feedback from our professional and business customers.

Here’s what’s new:

  • The document limit for electronic signatures is a thing of the past. Unlimited documents would mean clearing all your paperwork in a jiffy.
  • The freestyle drawing feature will enable you to get signatures from as many people as you want. It also gives you the flexibility to add comments. This makes it a lot easier for you to close a real estate deal, attendance sheet or get a financing agreement signed by many investors.

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  • Have more than one email address for your work? No problem. Now you can import documents by forwarding an attachment from a second email address, not just your primary email address. Head to advanced settings and check it out.

 

  • Have you checked out the Touch ID feature that makes your electronic signature a lot more secure? Raising the bar on our strong security commitment to our clients is a priority for us.

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  • Additionally, the document picker feature on iOS8 device allows documents to be imported directly from other apps within SignEasy.

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We are constantly working to ensure that our customers get exactly what they want. Helping businesses and professionals cut paperwork and improve productivity makes SignEasy an indispensible part of your lives. With more than 2.5 million downloads in over 150 countries, we believe we are doing it right! We’re excited to have you try the new features and tell us what you think at support@getsigneasy.com.

SignEasy v5.4.3 for iOS is available today in Apple’s App Store.

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SignEasy 2014 – A Year in Review

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It has been a busy year with many highs at SignEasy. A year of  growth, awards, a new office, and stellar members joining our team. As the year 2014 wraps up, here’s a look back on the highlights of the year.

Achievements

  • Crossed 2.5 million downloads – the most downloaded iOS app in the esignature category
  • Over 15000 ratings with an average rating of 4.5 out of 5.
  • Featured amongst the best new apps in U.S.A and many countries around the world
  • Amongst the top 25 grossing business apps in the app store

Awards & Recognitions

  • NASSCOM Emerge 50 – Recognition as one of India’s Most Innovative 50 emerging software product companies
  • Frost & Sullivan Award for best innovation in mobile e-signatures
  • IT industry thinktank iSpirit’s BootupIndia award as one of the 8 successful bootstrapped startups from India

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Events

The 2014 Web Summit in Dublin was one of the biggest highlights of the year where SignEasy was invited to exhibit. The Web Summit brought together industry stalwarts and thought leaders from around the world, including Fortune 500 companies and the most exciting startups. SignEasy was proud to be mentioned as one of the 10 startups from the world to watch out for in their blog post.

http://blog.websummit.net/startup-for-10/.

This was a defining moment for us, as over last 4 years, we have stayed true to our product-driven culture and not really worked at creating brand awareness in tech conferences. I was fortunate enough to share our growth story and lessons learned on the way at the People’s stage. You can watch it here.

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Innovation

We spend a lot of time at SignEasy, listening to your feedback and thinking about how to make paperwork simpler, easier and more secure, so you can get real and meaningful work done in your lives.

  • Full redesign of our electronic signature app on iOS to meet Apple’s design standards with our focus on simplicity, faster workflow and beautiful user experience
  • Wider integration with popular business and productivity app partners: Microsoft OneDrive, Evernote for Business and Apple’s iCloud
  • Continuity of paperwork, enabling easier access and saving of pre-filled documents as drafts allowing you to finish your work faster, sign offline and continue when you’re back online. This also allows you to use your personal or office device, depending where you are in the world.

Growth

However, the most exciting and challenging project of 2014 was to find the right set of talented individuals to join us on our mission.

We quickly grew from a small 4 member team to a 12 people  startup with expertise in the fields of engineering, product, design, marketing and communications. Each individual brings to the team significant experiences from working in companies such as Microsoft, Juniper Networks, Cleartrip, Akamai, Yahoo, Fab and One97.

In addition to the hiring effort, SignEasy set up an office in Koramangala, the heart of the startup hub of Bangalore, India. This is where, apart from building simple, easy-to-use and innovative products, we often take a meditation break or chill over a game of table tennis.

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SignEasy is powered by our mission to take the pain out of paperwork from the world and is driven by a passionate and talented team. Maintaining our position in the industry is a challenge that we have taken on as we continue to innovate and bring new products to the market.  As the new year begins, we are excited to lead the way towards an increasingly paperless world and promise that 2015 holds greater impact for our customers.

Wishing you all a happy new year!

Sunil & the SignEasy Team