5 Best eSignature Apps for Your Small Business


Signing documents, receipts, checks, and other office documents has always been as easy as grabbing a pen and making your mark.

But in the digital age, the process of getting signatures has changed. Instead of handing you a clipboard to sign for a package, the UPS guy now gives you a digital device to electronically sign. It saves paper and streamlines processes, so it’s understandable why you’d want to incorporate this system into your business.

Here’s a look at five eSignature apps that offer a wide range of options and make the process simple and secure.

1. SignMyPad ($3.99)

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SignMyPad is one of the most widely used eSignature apps, primarily because it’s availble for all iOS, Android, Nook, and Kindle devices. Not only is this great news for people and organizations with a wide range of technology, it’s particulary nice for Kindle users who can use Amazon Coins to complete their purchases.

This app is perfect for professionals or business owners looking to take their operation in a more green, Earth-friendly direction. Open any PDF file on your smartphone or tablet, sign it, save it, and email it. Signed documents are easily saved to the cloud or backend servers, making it a great app for companies with document management databases and other esignature initiatives.

2. SIGNificant Signature Capture (Free)

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This app is available for both iOS and Android smartphones and tablets. SIGNificant Signature Capture is a full-feature app offering users a real-life familiarity. Signatures instantly appear on the screen, reproducing a more authentic pen or pencil experience. It even works exceptionally well for those who prefer to sign with a stylus.

Security, particularly forgery, is always a consideration with eSignature applications. SIGNificant Signature Capture records each signature to capture items like rhythm, speed, and acceleration. These are items that can be used forensically to assist in proving or disproving the validity of a signature. Public key encryption binds the signature and these various forensics features to the document, helping prevent copy-and-paste forgery attempts.

3. Signature Capture App (Free)

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This Android-only app offers users several different features, including Signature Only, and Notes and Sign. Signature Only is exactly as it sounds and can capture and encrypt signatures in an instant. This is perfect for proof-of-delivery services because signatures can be time stamped and stored in a database.

Notes and Sign is a feature that allows users to take notes of any kind, sign at the bottom, and save the note as a PDF. This is perfect for occasions when handwritten documents are acceptable. A quick conversation over lunch could quickly turn into an agreement to do business together. What better way to get things off to the right start than having all parties involved sign the notes taken during the impromptu meeting? Signatures are encrypted for safety and security and can be stored with confidence in a database.

4. Sign Docs ($4.99)

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The most expensive entry on our list is an iOS-only app, which offers users a virtually unlimited experience. With Sign Docs, you have no restrictions on the size of the documents, the number of signatures or signature blocks, and no limits on custom document labels, text color, font size, and the number of pre-designed template docs.

This app is perfect for busy professionals who may not always have to time to meet face-to-face just to sign documents. The application embeds is own process into any document, which means copies can be emailed to clients, which in turn can be signed on their touch-screen devices and sent back. This takes going green to a whole new level.

5. Vignature and SimplySign (Free)

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This app, called Viganture for iOS devices and SimplySign for Android devices, can capture a person’s picture to go along with their signature. Point the camera, take the picture, save it to the document, and have the customer sign in the signature block next to their picture. The final product includes a signature, a date stamp, and a picture of the person signing the documents.  Can you think of an easier way to prove who signed something?

Not only are eSignature apps safe, secure, and convenient, they’re also helping companies and individuals use less paper, printer ink, postage, and resources that aren’t always renewable.

What eSignature app do you use for signing documents? Have you tried any of the ones on our list?