Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Signing Documents on your iPad – Update

Back in 2011 we posted a note about signing documents on your iPad.  We have an update.


By Dale Kasparek and Jim McMillan, NCSC

Recently we spied a new iPad app called SIGNificant from a company called “xyzmo”.

My colleague Dale Kasparek, tried it out but ran into a small problem not with the app but with how the iPad deals with documents. He first tried e-mailing a draft PDF document to himself.  But the Apple iPad e-mail app, while it showed the attachment, wouldn’t let him open it.   So he ended up using Dropbox to access the unsigned document.  He reports:
“I hit the “open the PDF” and it displayed a number of apps that I could use to open it.  Of course, we want to test the xyzmo and so I opened it in there.  Interestingly, it performed much like Evernote.  So after opening the PDF in xyzmo, it asked me to place the signature box where I wanted it, and then allowed me to sign with my pen.  It allows me to store that document, signed and also to e-mail it back to someone by a simple tap of an icon giving me options as to what to do with the signed PDF.”

Dale also reported on his Evernote sold “53” writing stylus (known as the Adonit JOT Script Evernote Edition) that features what they call their “Pixelpoint™” technology.  This is exactly what I have been looking for so that judges can sign documents like paper.
But please note that in the demonstration video the users are not resting their hands on the iPad when writing with the stylus.  So if you do that, using the stylus will either take some practice or, you will want to place the document signature box where one can rest their hand off the iPad screen.


  1. I bought a house using electronic signatures via DocuSign. 100% digital for all signatures prior to closing which included the offer, multiple counters and the contract. It was a 100% enjoyable experience and done entirely on the iPad using nature's stylus, the index finger.

    A good app for taking notes is Moleskin (yes, that company known for great notebooks) - although it doesn't handle PDFs. GoodReader is great for that.

  2. We have a number of judges signing documents they receive in PDF format, then sending the flattened PDF file to another recipient using PDF Expert (version 5.0). The app allows you to save the document as well as email it after signing. The app also provides a lot of tools for commenting and marking up PDF files allowing judges to make notes.