SignMyPad is the PDF Annotation Tool You’re Looking For
Oct 19, 2011 2:56 PM –
SignMyPad is a simple to use PDF reader and annotation tool. No more printing documents to sign them, then find a fax machine or scanner to send them back. Save trees!! With SignMyPad you can load PDF’s right from your email, or Dropbox and add text, date and your signature. Email it right back out from the app!
Price: $3.99, $19.99
Tested on: Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1
Pros & Cons:
- Very easy way to annotate, sign and add elements to any PDF file.
- As far as I can tell, the only difference between the “pro” version and the standard is the ability to geo-tag.
- The ability to print directly from the device to a networked printer is iPad-only right now.
As anyone who has ever had to sign anything for someone who is not right next to you can attest, the process is a pain. 😡 It usually involves having a PDF sent to you via email, printing it out, signing it, then scanning it back into a PDF and re-emailing the new document. That’s a lot of steps. 😕 SignMyPad is aiming to eliminate most of them. 😛
The app allows you to add PDFs to your device, and from there, you can modify it in several ways, including signing the screen, and adding that to your PDF. You can also add elements like check boxes, so this app would work great for any PDF form you have to fill out, not just a document requiring a signature.
It is very easy to use, with each of the types of elements you can add in a menu that’s called “Add Elements.” Each one is very intuitive, and I actually didn’t even have any problems getting my signature into the app, using my stylus I keep for taking notes on my tablet to sign it as I would any piece of paper, and it worked perfectly.
There were only two real problems I had with the app. The first was more of a complaint – while you can email the PDF from your device in the Android version, you can’t print directly to a networked printer like you can if you were using the same app on the iPad. I want this feature added, since it eliminates yet another step if you have to have a printed copy of the final document. The second is that the company offers a “pro” version that’s actually a huge price jump from the regular one. And at least as far as I could tell, the only difference is the ability to geo-tag your PDFs. I can’t off-hand think of any real use for that unless you’re in a few very specific professions, and to go from a $4 app to $20 for one feature seems a bit steep. (Developers, if I’ve missed something that makes the pro stand out, tell us in the comments!)
SignMyPad Splash Screen
SignMyPad Add Elements
If you ever need to sign a document or fill out a form, this is going to be your new best friend. It must makes life easier, faster and more efficient.
Ease of Use:
I was up and running with this app pretty much immediately. You just point the app toward the PDF you want to modify, and go to town.
Depending on your profession, this could be an app you use multiple times a day, every day. However, even if you only need to fill out the occasional form or sign a few documents a month, this is an app you will keep returning to.
The interface for the most part keeps the focus on your PDF documents. The menu to select which elements to add pops up, and once you make your selection, it disappears again, so you can focus the whole screen on the document you’re working on.