Stop that fax! Use an electronic signature instead. We try out 8 different apps.

By , ITworld |  Security

Most of the apps in this space are SaaS-based. CoSign is an actual desktop Windows application that inserts a signature block into Microsoft Office or Adobe Acrobat documents. You have to explicitly run the verification process to see if the text of the document has changed since it has been signed. (You can see an example of the display when something has been verified and when it has changed in the screenshot below.) This is somewhat cumbersome. If you want workflow and tracking, you will have to spend big bucks on their Enterprise grade product.

A more extensive feature comparison among EchoSign, DocuSign and RightSignature can be found here. Those are certainly the three apps that are worth taking a closer look. All have well-developed third-party support and offer at least an iOS mobile version and come with a variety of plans to meet a range of signing needs.

Electronic Signing Services

Vendor, URL

Price

Notable features

Mobile, desktop app


Cloud integration


ARX CoSign Desktop


$120/user/yr


Windows client only for signing MS Office and PDFs


N/A


(1)


DocuSign


Free for 1 user (2), $20/mo per user


Signature pad capture


iOS and Android


Salesforce, Box, Google Docs, SharePoint


EchoSign/Adobe


Free for 1 user, $15-$40/mo per user plans


Extensive workflow and reporting


iOS


Salesforce, SugarCRM, Dynamics, SharePoint, Box, DropBox,
Google Docs


Intralinks Connect Courier


$35/mo per user


Outlook plug-in


iOS (3)


SharePoint, Salesforce (3)


RightSignature


$14/mo for 1 sender and template, $49/mo per user for 10
senders


Webcam photo capture


iOS signature pad, BlackBerry


Google Docs, Box, DropBox, Freshbooks, SharePoint,
Salesforce


RPost


Free for 10 docs, up to $15/mo per user


Multiple signers, Outlook plug-in


iOS, Android,


Salesforce, Box, SharePoint


SignEasy


Free for 3 docs, $10 unlimited


Simplicity


iOS and Android (mobile only versions)


N/A


Signix MyDox


$29/mo per user (4)


Digital signatures on PDFs only


N/A


N/A

Notes:

(1) Arx sells an enterprise version (for more than $10,000
too!) that has SharePoint integration and other centralized management
features.

(2) DocuSign limits the number of signed documents to five
per month for the free plan but sells unlimited plans for enterprises.

(3)Extra charges for these features (mobile and third party
support) using Intralinks Exchanges product.

(4) Signix limits each account to 600 transactions per user
per year.

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