The 3 best electronic signature apps in 2021
Documents no longer need to be filled out on paper to be legally binding. More and more companies are cleaning up paperless work by sending emails and signing important documents electronically, such as contracts.
Applications with an electronic signature allow you to officially sign documents digitally. But before you dive, you need to make an important distinction. An electronic signature is simply you’re printed, drawn, or otherwise digital signature on a document. Theoretically, you can add it with hundreds of applications, from Microsoft Word to Photoshop, depending on how everything is set up. They can still be legally binding. In this article, we will analyze the best applications for online signatures.
Best electronic signature apps
DocuSign (Web, iOS, Android, Windows)
DocuSign is one of the most popular electronic signature apps available. Getting started with DocuSign is pretty straightforward: sign up for a free trial and, almost immediately, it’s prompting you to upload a document, prepare it for signatures, and send it to recipients.
DocuSign is set up so that it’s easy to keep track of lots of different documents at different stages in the signing process. In the Manage dashboard, there’s a sidebar with an Inbox, for any documents or “envelopes” you’ve received, a Sent box for the ones you’ve sent, and a Drafts tab for the ones you’re working on. There are also Quick View options, so you can, well, quickly see any documents that you need to do something to, the ones you’re waiting on, any that are due to expire soon or where the recipient failed to sign, and all your completed documents.
HelloSign (Web, iOS, Android)
HelloSign, now owned by Dropbox, is one of the simplest to use electronic signature apps around. As soon as you log in, you’re presented with two options: send or sign something, or create a template. The things you’re going to want to do aren’t hidden away in deep sub-menus.
The simplicity of the user interface, however, hides some pretty powerful features. Of all the apps we tested, HelloSign has the best integrations with cloud storage platforms. While you’d expect it to play nice with Dropbox, it also works well with Google Drive, Box, Evernote, and OneDrive.
If you’ve been sent a document to sign and nobody needs all the alarm bells and security whistles that come with one of our other picks, you have options. If you have a Mac, you don’t need to worry about installing any software or signing up for any services. You can sign things straight from Preview.
Open the document you want to sign in Preview and go to Tools > Annotate > Signature > Manage Signatures and click Create Signature. You can then create a signature using your trackpad, your iPhone, or by signing a piece of paper and holding it up to the camera.
Click Done, and then you can drag your new signature to where it needs to be. Save the document, send it back, and you’re good to go. And your signature stays saved in Preview for future use.
In our world of constantly developing technologies, such applications are simply necessary for your convenience. We hope that you liked this list and it will be useful to you. After all, we always care about our readers and their convenience in our new world of technology.