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Top 8 Digital Signature Apps

Capturing signatures for forms, documents, and deliveries is a process that has been revolutionized by technology over the past 15 years. Just as email made the fax machine obsolete, smartphones and cloud-based software tools are quickly replacing or supplementing email as go-to tools for digital signature capture. For any business that requires signatures on a regular basis, developing efficient and secure processes for signature capture can not only save money, but increase productivity and revenue. Below, we've outlined eight of the top digital signature applications that can transform the way you work. AppSheet HelloSign Adobe fill and sign SignNow DocuSign SignEasy OneSpan Sign PandaDoc 1. AppSheet AppSheet allows users to record signatures in custom-built apps that can easily be configured without code. While other providers may focus solely on digital signature capture, AppSheet functions primarily as a no-code application development platform that enables users to create mobile and web apps directly from their cloud-based spreadsheets and databases. These apps can leverage the natural features of smartphones (such as touchscreens) for hand-drawn signatures. Using the phone's camera, these apps can also be used to scan and capture barcode, take and upload images. AppSheet allows app creators to bypass the traditional challenges incurred by vendor lock-in to build custom applications and adopt a flexible platform which can meet the changing needs of an organization. To date, organizations like Solvay, Costco, and Husqvarna have chosen AppSheet to handle many of their most critical internal operations and approval processes. Pricing: Free for simple, individual use apps with plans increasing to $5-$10/mo per user for access to build, deploy, and share apps on the full application development platform. Lots of AppSheet sample apps have the signature capture feature. The following Audits App is just an example. 2. HelloSign HelloSign brings a different angle to the world of digital signatures as a leading player, particularly in the web integration space. HelloSign counts companies like Instacart, Climb Credit, Tech for Campaigns, and Lyft as customers who rely on HelloSign to accelerate contractor applications, speed loan approval time, and automate NDA signatures. With a variety of plans for every type of user, HelloSign works hard to satisfy a diverse user base. And for companies with a sizable budget and a willingness to invest resources in configuring APIs or integrating with systems like Oracle or Salesforce, the HelloSign platform can serve as a functional signature capture platform for the enterprise.  Pricing: Ranges from $13-$40/mo per user for basic plans. 3. Adobe Fill and Sign Adobe is a popular and trusted player in the digital/mobile signature space. Adobe's Fill-and-Sign application is optimized to work well with PDFs and documents that can be captured as a PDF. Users only have to take a snap of the document using their phone cameras, crop and sharpen the image, and sign it instantly. Another great thing about Adobe Fill and Sign is its ease of integration with 3rd-party tools as well as its compliance with global e-signature rules. Adobe Fill and Sign is a bit pricier than some other options, mainly serving business users. Still, rest assured knowing there’s a 14-day trial period waiting for any interested users. While Fill and Sign works great for users who are accustomed to PDF-centered workflows, users seeking to bypass or work in parallel to PDF-driven documents may be better served looking for more holistic options. Pricing: Ranges from $12-$30/mo with significant variability depending on monthly or annual pricing and other Adobe-package related bundles. 4. SignNow Formerly known as CudaSign, SignNow is another solid choice for electronic signature capturing. SignNow is an award-winning app, known for its simple, clutter-free and user-friendly UI. SignNow boasts a number of unique features. Users can pre-fill a document with text, copy existing fields to a new documents, and generate templates that can be used multiple times.  For individuals and small businesses, SignNow rarely disappoints. And starting at $8/month, SignNow undercuts many of its competitors based on value alone. Pricing: Ranges from $8-$15/mo per user.  5. DocuSign With over 200,000 downloads and a 2018 IPO, DocuSign is an industry heavyweight known for its intuitive, easy-to-use user interface and a wide array of features that make it easy to integrate with a host of third party tools. Another unique feature of DocuSign is its digital transaction management system where documents can be easily signed, sent, and managed. Perhaps DocuSign's greatest drawback is that its premium reputation comes with premium pricing. Even the cheapest plans which can only handle 5 signatures per month start off at $10/mo per user. For organizations that need every bell and whistle associated with digital signatures, DocuSign may be worth consideration, but for many, if not most organizations, other cost-effective alternatives may be worth primary consideration. Pricing: $10-$40/user per month. 6. SignEasy SignEasy offers another minimalist take on the digital signature space. With a suite of iOS, Android, and web-based tools, SignEasy makes document signage possible in a range of on-the-go and fixed environments.  This e-signature app employs drag-and-drop functionality, making it easy for users to sign documents and customize documents on their phones. SignEasy also offers options like adding checkboxes and images to a document. As with other vendors, the price points can be challenging for a small business or businesses expecting substantial user volume.  Pricing: Ranges from $10-$60/user per month. 7. OneSpan (formerly eSignLive) OneSpan Sign is a digital signature solutions provider that focuses primarily on the enterprise space. Their website presents the platform's industry solutions specifically for credit unions, financial services, government, healthcare, and insurance companies. They count larger companies such as IBM, US Bank, and Wells Fargo as customers and position themselves as leaders in the platform security space. Their integrations also favor enterprise tools such as Salesforce, Box, Dynamics CRM, and Sharepoint.  Pricing: Starts at $20/user per month.  8. PandaDoc   PandaDoc is another leading digital signature app for both iOS and Android devices. This app’s streamlined interface and overall ease-of-use make it a strong pick for many people. Beyond digital signature capture, PandaDoc's document management toolbox includes tools for automated workflows, drag-and-drop signing, and audit histories. By integrating with your existing CRM, payment, and file storage apps (e.g. HubSpot, Zoho, Salesforce, and Basecamp), PandaDoc seeks to create a unified platform to handle your document needs. As with other software providers, PandaDoc's higher-than-average pricing may be a consideration for people seeking a cost-effective solution. Pricing: Starts at $49/user/mo A Final Note As workflows continue to move from paper and pen to the cloud, businesses in every sphere will need to adapt to a world where digital signatures are not simply a luxury but an expectation for B2B and B2C companies.  To account for this, it's important for operations and IT leaders to consider not only the present requirements for digital signature capture, but also the changing needs that may arise when choosing which applications or application platforms to adopt. Rather than seeking to find a specialized digital signature for every challenge, it may be worth considering building a suite of customized, easily modifiable applications using a secure and no-code platform. 

Top 11 Mobile Collaboration Tools - Boost Productivity and Automate Workflows

Turn Your Spreadsheet into a Project Mangement App

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Today, over 2.1 billion people actively use a smartphone. Thanks to the smartphone, the internet has become closer to us than ever before. What does this mean for your business? You can now hold meetings, make transactions, receive training, share ideas and capture data via your mobile devices. Through productivity software and mobile apps, team progress gets monitored virtually and tasks are streamlined with greater efficiency. Does my team really need productivity software? It depends on your answers to the following questions: Is your team able to share new data instantly? Are you able to work remotely with ease? Can you reach one another in just one tap of a screen? If not, you could benefit from one of the tools listed in this post. Mobile collaboration apps allow flexibility and engage employees. They take you and your team beyond the four walls of the office. Some benefits: Work mobile. With mobile collaboration apps, there's no restriction to location; you and your team could (and should) be able to work on-the-go. Also, these apps keep your workers engaged with notifications, alerts on project milestones, and easy monitoring of progress. Improve communication. For every successful project, there must have been an excellent communication system. These collaboration apps provide you with instant messaging, emails, group/team chats, voice and video calls, screen sharing, and so on. Save $. You don't have to spend money on papers for memos, files, or renting an office space. Productivity software drastically reduces the costs of projects. Interestingly, some of the best mobile collaboration apps are free. And, there's not much more you need to spend on servers or network facilities, since most of the apps offer cloud support.  With these benefits in mind, our team at AppSheet has curated a list of the 11 best mobile collaboration tools to help you boost productivity and work smarter. Our List Our list is sorted by usability, flexibility, easy management, and other factors we find important. I'm starting with the best of the best (although we might be just a little biased). 1. AppSheet    The app maker for everyone Instead of using a collaboration tool, why not build one yourself on the AppSheet platform? With it, you can create an app for your business, keep your employees mobilized,  and easily (and instantly) input data into your phone on-the-go. The options are endless; whether your business is in the real estate, construction, retail, manufacturing, or non-profit industry, you can easily create an app to capture data and share it with your team. Instead of needing to know how to code, you only need to know how to connect to your data in the cloud. Whether your data is stored in Dropbox, Box, Google Drive, Office365, Smartsheet, Salesforce, SQL Server or other databases, AppSheet supports it. The platform creates an initial version of your app based on the data and you can then customize it, choosing from a variety of view types, features, and other UI/UX options. Creating an app from data is simple. Depending on your skill level, you should have an app running successfully in a day or less. Two other ways you can make productivity apps on AppSheet's no-code app platform: AppSheet Spec and AppSheet sample apps. With Spec, you can make apps by typing or saying simple sentences (think Alexa and Siri). You can also copy a sample app, replace the data with yours, and customize it to your needs. AppSheet has more than 60 app templates. Here are just a few.   2. Wrike Wrike is a project management tool that supports all devices. It's an excellent mobile collaboration tool that simplifies planning and makes communication between team members easy. An exceptional feature is real-time reporting on the progress of projects. Wrike allows you to edit documents online and share easily among team members. There are also project management templates available to work with. You can integrate with Google, Github, Microsoft, Adobe, Creative Cloud and many more. Other features include data security and protection, a customizable interface, and email and  calendar synchronization.   3. Slack Slack is one of the best mobile collaboration tools because of its excellent communication and messaging features. It works on iOS and Android platforms. Not only that, it also has a video call and screen share feature to make project monitoring easy among team members. Slack allows for easy file sharing within the team and it also supports cloud storage. Slack also integrates with a lot of tools: Google Drive, Dropbox, Github, Salesforce, etc. Even your own customized apps can be integrated. Some other features: data security & protection and searchable history.   3. LiquidPlanner Like Wrike, LiquidPlanner is a project management tool. Though it's not as versatile as Wrike, it has a robust visual library that allows users to monitor projects and progress. LiquidPlanner facilitates easy communication and has an integrated time and budget tracking feature. LiquidPlanner integrates with Google Drive, Dropbox, and Box. You can also integrate your own customized apps with the LiquidPlanner API. Other features you might enjoy include: calendar sync, deadline alert, project duplication, and data security.   4. Asana Asana is one of the best mobile collaboration apps because it's incredibly versatile. It allows you to easily setup projects and assign tasks to team members while also monitoring their progress. You can set up a visual interface to have a pictorial overview of your project, its progress and other necessary details. You can use Asana on iOS and Android platforms. You can also start new projects from saved templates in Asana. Other features include data control and privacy.   5. Zoho Projects Zoho Projects is a free mobile collaboration tool that has excellent features for project management. It is  supported on Android and iOS and easily integrates with other Zoho products like Zoho Docs, and Zoho CRM. With Zoho Projects, you can easily plan projects, collaborate with others, track time and progress of projects, and easily share documents among other team members.   6. Flock Like Slack, Flock is a messaging system that has been gaining popularity. It works well on desktop and mobile platforms. Flock is very easy to use and can be integrated with several other apps. Flock allows you to make video and voice calls with other team members and share your screen. You can take polls, share to-dos, and reminders using Flock.   7. Trello Monitoring project updates can be done easily with Trello. It integrates with Evernote, Dropbox, Slack, Github, and several others to enhance productivity. Trello is highly visual, organizing projects, individuals, and teams. Tracking projects becomes very easy with Trello and delegating tasks while managing your team is a breeze.   8. Team on the Run If you need a strong internal communication system, Team on the Run is a good option, especially if your team is indeed "On The Run." Team on the Run has a strong monitoring system and users can monitor the location of team members using this collaboration app. Messages within the app are encrypted for better confidentiality. You can also seamlessly assign tasks and send locations to your team members .   9. ProWorkFlow ProWorkFlow is a feature-rich project management tool that is effective for collaborations. It easily integrates with Xero, Quickbooks, MYOB, Freshbooks, Zapier, Box, Google drive and several other apps. You can also customize your company's apps using ProWorkFlow's powerful API. Tracking timelines and progress is made easy with ProWorkFlow. It's easy to use and includes a built-in messaging app. You can also easily upload files, receive reports, and manage contacts.   10. Yammer Yammer is a collaboration tool owned by Microsoft, so it easily integrates with other Microsoft Office products. With Yammer, you can easily share documents and media with customers anywhere they are. Yammer is great for enterprise communications. With most messaging and business networking services, communications occur internally. With Yammer, different organizations can communicate privately and share files and important documents.   11. Podio Podio is all about smarter workflows and is an all-in-one collaboration tool. Podio is easy to use, has an excellent built-in messaging system, and allows for social collaboration. Other features  include a customizable system to fit team needs, automated workflows, data visualization, and project management. And that's our top 12 collaboration tools! If we've missed one (or two), let us know in the comments.  

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