TiP Rating: 5/5 stars
Release Date: Updated December 13, 2011
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation) and iPad. Requires iOS 4.0 or later.
Link to app
App Store Description: Never print, scan, fax, ship or use a pen again to sign and send documents! With DocuSign Ink, you can sign and return any document on your iPhone or iPad in seconds!
Summary: Initial, sign, and send documents right from your iPhone or iPad.
Review: One thing that I learned while apartment hunting in Chicago from Los Angeles was that signing documents is challenging – especially for people that don’t have printers. Had I discovered DocuSign Ink I wouldn’t have had to spend so much time (or money) at Staples.
DocuSign Ink is a free app that makes it easier to review, initial, and sign documents. The ability to create and store a signature is also a huge time-saver.
To get started, you can import a document from Google Docs, or you can take a picture of one – you can add up to five photos. Additionally you can open any PDF or Word doc attached to an email that has the “Open In” option.
DocuSign Ink notes that Apple only supports up to 10 documents in the Open In menu. If DocuSign Ink is not one of them, you’ll need to delete one of the other applications.
Once your document is open, you can select your stored signature (or initials) and drag it to wherever it’s needed. Once signed, tap finish and a PDF will be created and automatically inserted into an email. I found it helpful, in most cases, to use the app in landscape mode – especially when creating a signature as the draft box is quite small.
You can also fill in printed text, such as your name or date, as well as check boxes by tapping the pencil icon in the top right corner of the app.
The My Docs tab houses the demo docs included with the app as well as those that you import. You can delete or email from this screen as well. While testing the app I noticed that it ran a little slow, especially while loading the docs. It’s possible that it was a network problem (and not the app) since I was at a coffee shop.
You can view, export, and import new docs through the web version of DocuSign Ink as well. The app is truly a time-saver as it lets you manage documents while on the go (or at least away from a printer).
Despite a small performance lag, DocuSign Ink is absolutely a must-have app. It’s a huge time-saver and incredibly easy to use. Plus, it’s free!