New Signature Field for Online Forms

Written by Formstack on September 12, 2012

Posted in Formstack Updates

With our launch of the new form builder, you’ll notice some pretty sweet updates to the design and features. However, what I’m most pumped about (and perhaps you are too!) is the new signature field. This new addition allows your end users to sign – either with their mouse or finger on an iPad/smartphone – their John Hancock directly onto the form.

Yup. Now you can securely capture signatures for contracts, legal documents, and other forms in which you need a physical autograph. Go ahead, try it out!

See an example signature

How does it work?
It’s easy! You’ll just go to your field options on the left-hand sidebar, scroll down to “Signature,” drop it into your form, and it’ll be automatically added. Once you publish your online form, you’ll see that your users can sign their name, clear it if they aren’t happy, and continue to submit the form with ease.

What are some of the most popular ways you can use it?
Glad you asked! Here are some of the most popular for electronic signature forms online are the following:
– General Contracts
– Terms of Service Agreements
– Contests
– Petitions
– Incident Reporting
– HR forms

How are signatures stored in my account?
The signatures will be stored as image file uploads. Depending on the type of plan you have, you’ll want to keep track of your storage limits. We’ll send you an email if you’re approaching maximum capacity, but if you need a frame of reference, check out the graphic below. That’s a whole lotta signatures, am I right?

signature field online formsCollect signatures on our form plans

How can I make sure the signature stays with the form information?
Here’s where WebMerge comes in, folks. WebMerge is an awesome integration that allows you to export your forms and create a clean document or PDF from it. Essentially, you could have customers, employees, etc. fill out a Formstack form, sign their name, and that data will be automatically sent to your WebMerge account where you can either print out the document or save it to your computer as a PDF file for future reference.

Jeremy of WebMerge wrote a post on how that works.

Does it work on my mobile device?
Of course you can! Android, iPhone and iPad signature capturing is essentially to timely campaigns where you need to push out petitions quickly. Especially now with election season upon us, you can upload your petition or survey on an iPad and collect public support on the go.

Note: As it stands right now, Android and iPad devices will allow you to collect signatures through the Formstack app. With iPhones, what I would suggest (until it’s updated) is to pull up the form link on your browser, save it as a bookmark, and then use the signature field that way.

Have more ways you’d use our e-signature feature along with our mobile apps? Let us know! We’d love to hear them.