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Best way to capture a signature

Posted on 2012-09-09
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Last Modified: 2012-09-09
I have to capture a signature for a waiver that customers filled out online that is  store in a MySQL database in the cloud.

My idea is to capture the signature with a signature capture device on a PC or touchscreen possibly and save it in an image format like .JPG or similar which I'm sure most capture units do anyway.  The image filename would be name using the unique WAIVER ID which in turn can be uploaded to the cloud and would show up when viewing/printing out the waiver in the web browser.

What would be the best way to capture the signature on a PC at my store location?
What product would work out good for this purpose?
I would like to see some references to products that meet my needs.
Has anyone done a project like this?
Question by:wfninpa
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by:Ray Paseur
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Under the E-Sign Act, you do not need to store a representation of the written signature; a client can make a legally binding contract with a mouse-click.  This is the underpinning of all online electronic commerce, including such things as PayPal, Amazon and eBay.  It should work for you, too.
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This might be interesting, too.

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I understand that already, we are already doing that via the website.  Lengthy lawyer talk on web page, by typing blah blah blah.  On the website they must type their name exactly as it appears, check the box, etc....  We've covered that already but for some reason the insurance company lawyers want a physical signature as well.  I'm in Pennsylvania so we're a bit behind and not everyone here agrees or even knows what the E-Sign Act covers or that it even exists.  Not to pick on the older generations but they try their hardest to keep things the way they were in the 1940's.

I think I found my answer with http://www.topazsystems.com.  What do you think?  Any suggestions?  I just need to make the insurance company lawyers happy for now.
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by:Ray Paseur
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Topaz is well thought of.  Almost any of the similar products here should be OK.

Thanks for the points, and best of luck with it, ~Ray

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