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Need ability to capture signature on electronic version of document displayed on tablet

Posted on 2011-09-27
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Is anyone aware of a method that a PDF or Tiff document can be displayed on a tablet, and have a signature capture box that would "burn" that signature into said document. More or less a proof of delivery that includes the signature ON the document not just a graphic file of the signature by itself.
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Question by:Joe Sorensen
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cutepdf, nitropdf, photoshop or acrobat all have the option to create a drawing box and save the document
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FedEx, UPS, DHL, etc. all use digital signature capture from a tablet these days -- any graphic program can capture it for you.

However ... any digitally captured signature is just that -- a graphic image that's simply added to the underlying image.     There's no real difference between capturing it "on" a document, and adding it to a document with a graphic editor.    Unless the images are maintained in separate layers, the digital result is exactly the same.

... I suspect that's why almost all legal and financial institutions still require fax transmission of legal documents rather than as e-mail attachments (although personally I see no real difference -- a fax can be created in exactly the same way as any other document).
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by:Joe Sorensen
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basically we are look for a software that can display said PDF (delivery list) and have the person receiving it sign that tablet making their signature part of the document, without having to match signature graphic to form later. FedEx, UPS, etc only capture your signature verifying you received the package. My boss would like something that actually displays the image on a tablet, captures the signature on the table that is displaying the document, and they when the driver returns to base they would simply "dock" and move the signed PDF's to network storage for safe keeping.
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Any electronic signature capture device that has an Acrobat plug-in will let you do what you want.    Just Google for "electronic signature capture" and you'll see quite a few alternatives -- I suspect you're already familiar with many (and are likely using one now).    Topaz seems like a fairly common unit, and has an available Acrobat plug-in for embedding the signature in PDF files.
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Annotate PDF software did what we required. This allowed us to have a signature captured and permanently "burned" into form, thus negating any alterations.

Request refund.
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none of the other softwares mentioned would allow the signature to become part of the document.
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