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5 apps for signing documents with your iPhone and iPad

Jason Cipriani | Feb. 26, 2015
The dance of printing a document, taking a pen and signing it, then scanning and emailing it to a banker or client is one I think we've all done. It's also extremely inefficient, not to mention annoying.

Adding a signature isn't completely obvious the first time you use the app, since it's geared more toward editing and working with PDFs. It auto-detects fields in PDF forms, making it easy to go from one field to the next, filling in your information along the way. To sign a document, you need to draw your signature on the line. After that you can save your signature for future reference. Once a signature is saved, a couple of taps is all that's required to sign another document.

PDF Reader

PDF Reader is completely free, with no restrictions on the number of documents you can sign. The only downside is having to deal with ads. For someone who doesn't sign a lot of documents, though, it's a solid choice.

Similar to PDFpen 2, PDF Reader is designed to be a PDF editor first and document signing app second. Features for highlighting text, scribbling notes on top of a document and the like are found throughout.

Digitally signing documents and forms might be nowhere near as personal as putting an old-fashioned pen onto a piece of old-fashioned paper and scribbling your John Hancock. But it wins on speed and convenience every day of the week.


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