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Mac 101: Capture your signature using OS X Lion's Preview app


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Mac 101: Capture your signature using OS X Lion's Preview app

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OS X Lion has made digitally signing PDFs easier than ever before. It's been possible to scan in your handwritten signature and sign documents in earlier versions of Mac OS X, but it was a complex process and one most people probably never trifled with. More often than not, I found it easier to simply print out the document, sign it the normal way, and scan the whole document back into Preview using my flatbed scanner.

Lion's version of Preview comes with a built-in signature scanner that makes signing documents far simpler. In the Annotations toolbar you now have an option to create a signature from your Mac's built-in iSight camera. All you need to do is use black ink to sign a piece of white paper, align your signature toward the camera using the onscreen guides, and take a snapshot of the signature. (I haven't used my real signature here, obviously.)


Preview can store multiple signatures, so if you need to both sign and initial documents, you're able to do so easily using Preview's annotation functions. It's a great feature, and one that ensures my printer will be gathering even more dust than it already has.



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Sweet... we'll call it iForge!
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You can change 'ink' color too with the color palette in annotate bar.
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I did this a looooong time ago with Photoshop after scanning a piece of paper with my signature on it. Didn't serve any purpose, just did it to see if I could make it look good.

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It's good when you received an email with PDF to sign. Just pop in the signature, email back, and let the other person print it out. Very convenient.
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It also looks good as a sig for selected e-mails and of course Word documents. I scanned mine in previously - but this will make the process accessible for most. Looks pretty good.
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It's a great innovation and will suffice to sign most documents. However, there still are times when you will need to sign in person or for legal reasons have your signature notarized.
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This looks pretty cool; all the new features I have been seeing look pretty interesting... Think it might be time for an upgrade
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