This PDF e-signing post is in collaboration with Smallpdf.
When you sign up to use Smallpdf’s eSign PDF tool, you can create signatures and initials, sign documents electronically, and invite other folks to sign them as well. It takes all the pain out of dealing with e-signatures.
It’s a crucial tool for working with PDF files, and it’s just one of many useful tools Smallpdf offers.
Smallpdf offers a host of helpful PDF tools
Smallpdf offers more than 20 tools for working with PDFs on its website, via software you can download and in a Chrome browser extension. There’s also a highly rated Smallpdf iOS app in the App Store. (It earned 4.9 stars on 2,500 reviews, no less.)
All these PDF tools enable you to process digital documents and streamline your workflow with ease. They help you convert other file types to PDFs, compress files, merge documents, protect PDFs with passwords and encryption, and much more.
In this article, however, we’ll focus on Smallpdf’s handy eSign PDF tool.
eSign PDF makes signing e-documents easy
It can be tricky when you have to sign an electronic document. PDF files are designed to be fixed, after all. It’s not always clear how to add a signature. That can seem scary because a valid signature often proves crucial on items like rental applications, contracts and other legal documents. Fortunately, eSign PDF makes it a quick and easy process.
Using the tool, you can easily draw your signature with your mouse or trackpad. Or, if you prefer, you can upload an image of your signature, or simply take a photo of your signature with your device’s camera and then upload the picture. If you create an account, you can simply save your items there.
Invite others to sign
And it’s not just your signature we’re talking about, either. You can use the tool to request an electronic signature from up to 100 people you need to sign a document. Even better, you can show them exactly where to sign. And you can store the document in the tool while you’re waiting for others to sign.
You also can be notified when others have a document for you to sign. The tool offers document activity tracking, including a timeline, so it’s easy to see what’s happening (or not) with a given document.
Safe and secure
You and your signers can rest easy, since eSign PDF makes sure the signatures or initials you create remain safe and secure. The tool complies with ISO 27001 and legal eIDAS standards for Simple Electronic Signatures (SES). Even so, it’s always wise to check local or state regulations or laws applying to e-signatures.
How to sign a PDF document online:
Ready to give it a shot? Here’s how to sign a PDF document online using Smallpdf’s eSign PDF tool.
- Upload your PDF to eSign PDF tool. You can select it for upload or drag and drop it.
- Create a new electronic signature or upload one to place on your document.
- Add text and date if needed.
- Click Finish and download the signed document.
The PDF signature service supports all major browsers, including Safari, Chrome, Firefox, Microsoft Edge, Internet Explorer and more.
Price: Free trial. The free version allows two documents processed per day; Pro plan costs $9 per user per month; Team plan runs $7 per user per month. A customized Business plan is also available.
Where to buy: eSign PDF