Digital / Electronic Forms Signature

We currently have a form that is filled out by hand and then it is scanned into our system.

I would like to duplicate the form in a digital format to get away from all the paper.

This new form would need many drop downs and check boxes but it will also have two places for an actual signature (signed with stylus or using your finger)

I have worked with some of the Adobe products so that would be an option but what other choices are there for creating a form that can be put into a pdf other than Adobe.

What would be the best software to create this type of form?

Thanks in advance
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Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
I can't say what the "best" is, as there's a lot of software out there that I haven't tried, but certainly one alternative to Adobe products for PDF form creation (and other PDF capabilities) is Nuance's Power PDF. It comes in both Standard and Advanced editions. Here are some EE articles and videos about it:

Batch Conversion of PDF, TIFF, and Other Image Formats via Command Line Interface to PDF, PDF Searchable, and TIFF

Bates Stamping/Numbering of PDF Files with Power PDF Advanced

Convert Scanned Image-Only PDF Files to PDF Searchable Image Files via OCR with Power PDF Advanced

Also, regarding the issue of placing an actual signature on the form, a transparent background is important, so this EE article may help:
Signature Image with Transparent Background

Of course, that's only for the case where the signer is using a stamp tool — shouldn't be an issue when signing with a stylus or finger. Regards, Joe

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