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30 Jul 2014

Your Digital Signature Questions Answered (Part 2)

We received a bunch of great questions during our recent webinar, Making the Case for Digital Signatures. In my last post, I covered a few of the ones that I didn't have time for during the live broadcast and promised a second post with more.  Today I'm going to cover the software you need to apply a digital signature and how to apply a signature using a few of the most common software options.

1. What software do I need to digitally sign a document?

This depends on the type of document you're signing.

Document Type Software
Microsoft Office Digital signatures are compatible with Microsoft Office 2003+.
PDF

There are a number of software options for applying digital signatures to PDFs.  One of the key factors in determining the software to use is the volume of documents you need to sign.

Example software for low volume needs:

  • Adobe Acrobat (8.0+)
  • BlueBeam Revu

Example software for high volume needs:

  • Adobe LiveCycle
  • Ascertia DSS
  • Eldos Secure Black Box
  • iText Java/C Sharp

You can also use our free browser-based PDF Signing tool to apply signatures without the need for any additional software.

Other Digital signatures are supported in other document types as well.  If you have a custom document type and are interested in implementing digital signatures, please contact us.

2. How do I actually digitally sign a document?

A couple webinar viewers were curious about the actual signing process.  We have several tutorial videos that provide detailed steps on how to apply digital signatures in Adobe Acrobat and Microsoft Office.

PDF - http://youtu.be/DqMHsyhQwRQ

Microsoft Word - http://youtu.be/l7PXYrUjabc

Microsoft Excel - http://youtu.be/iJXxpuuNL7s

Of course, you can also register for a demo with one of our product specialists to see the process live.

Have another question about digital signatures?

My last post covered what a recipient needs to receive a digitally signed document and who creates the key pair for the digital certificate used to apply the signature.

In the webinar we covered if people can share certificates, how GlobalSign's solutions compare to others, and the solution's pricing model.  Download the recorded version to get the answers and learn more about the benefits to adopting digital signatures.

And of course, you can always leave any questions or feedback in the comments! I'd love to hear from you.

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