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Signing forms on ipad

mathewr

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I have to sign off everyday on document(s) using adobe. is there an app that i can use that i can take the forms from the cloud and then sign off on them that way? there are times im out of the office and therefore need to catch up days or weeks. thanks
 

tgara

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Which cloud service? If you are using Dropbox, they have partnered with Adobe, so you can edit (e.g., sign) the cloud-based documents "in place" on the cloud without having to make a separate copy. I believe MS OneDrive does the same thing. All you need is the Adobe Acrobat (free) app on your device, plus Dropbox of course.
 

mathewr

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Which cloud service? If you are using Dropbox, they have partnered with Adobe, so you can edit (e.g., sign) the cloud-based documents "in place" on the cloud without having to make a separate copy. I believe MS OneDrive does the same thing. All you need is the Adobe Acrobat (free) app on your device, plus Dropbox of course.

Thanks. Ill try using Adobe Acrobat. just wish i can use the pencil to sign and not have to drag my signature every time.
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Adobe fill & sign
thanks. adobe fill and sign wasn't pulling in the previously filled out data.
 

SDColorado

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DocuSign will allow you to import a documents from email attachments, Dropbox, Box, Google Drive, Evernote, Salesforce, and a couple other programs. Then sign and return. That may be an option for your needs.
 
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seadragon

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If I'm mot mistaken, you can just sign pdfs with the built in functions of iOS.
 

tgara

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If I'm mot mistaken, you can just sign pdfs with the built in functions of iOS.

This is true. If you open a PDF in iOS, there is a little toolbox in the upper right hand corner which, if you tap it, reveals a number of editing tools. Those tools include pasting in a signature that has been pre-written, or signing the document with your finger or the Apple Pencil. I've use this markup feature in the past and it is especially useful for email attachments that require my signature. All you do is open the attachment, sign it, and then you can respond to the email and the signed document is attached. The whole process takes about 10 seconds.
 
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seadragon

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This is true. If you open a PDF in iOS, there is a little toolbox in the upper right hand corner which, if you tap it, reveals a number of editing tools. Those tools include pasting in a signature that has been pre-written, or signing the document with your finger or the Apple Pencil. I've use this markup feature in the past and it is especially useful for email attachments that require my signature. All you do is open the attachment, sign it, and then you can respond to the email and the signed document is attached. The whole process takes about 10 seconds.

Thanks for confirming! I do recall receiving a bank related PDF by email. I opened it up, signed it with the Apple Pencil and it even prompted me if I would like to email it back to the sender. All without 3rd party apps. It was extremely convenient and demonstrated a huge benefit of using an iPad.
 

parseckadet

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If I'm mot mistaken, you can just sign pdfs with the built in functions of iOS.

This is true. If you open a PDF in iOS, there is a little toolbox in the upper right hand corner which, if you tap it, reveals a number of editing tools. Those tools include pasting in a signature that has been pre-written, or signing the document with your finger or the Apple Pencil. I've use this markup feature in the past and it is especially useful for email attachments that require my signature. All you do is open the attachment, sign it, and then you can respond to the email and the signed document is attached. The whole process takes about 10 seconds.
I found this to be kinda buggy in iOS 10. Several times I would fill out a form, then exit annotation mode, just to see my changes disappear. Did this about three times, then my edits from all three attempts appeared at once,with no way to undo them.

I started using PDF Pen for this stuff. It does have some bugs as well, so not certain I would recommend it right now. I haven’t tried the annotation in iOS 11 yet.
 

tgara

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I found this to be kinda buggy in iOS 10. Several times I would fill out a form, then exit annotation mode, just to see my changes disappear. Did this about three times, then my edits from all three attempts appeared at once,with no way to undo them.

I started using PDF Pen for this stuff. It does have some bugs as well, so not certain I would recommend it right now. I haven’t tried the annotation in iOS 11 yet.

That didn't happen to me, but I have heard about those bugs affecting others. In case you didn't know, iOS 11 implements Apple's new PDFKit, which is supposed to be much better and more standardized to work anywhere in iOS. I'm hoping any bugs in the current version of iOS Markup will be fixed in the new PDFKit.
 

Badrottie

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I have to sign off everyday on document(s) using adobe. is there an app that i can use that i can take the forms from the cloud and then sign off on them that way? there are times im out of the office and therefore need to catch up days or weeks. thanks

PDF Expert will do that for you as well and is the best by million of iPad lovers! :)
 
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