Despite July and August being the quintessential holiday months, at Signaturit we have been busily working away on our latest product update. Our intention, as always, is to facilitate the requesting digital signatures while optimizing the signer’s user experience.
For details of these and all other new features, simply read on!
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Last Signaturit's Product Update: July and August 2016
Throughout July and August we have been working tirelessly on several new features to further enhance our electronic signature tool and make it easier for all our customers and signers (in other words, your customers) to use.
As always, we maintain the highest standards for information security in our working processes to ensure the privacy of all personal data transmitted through Signaturit.
This latest product update lists the new features in greater detail. We have classified them into 3 sections:
- Dashboard: new signature color available; new field to include in documents or templates.
- API: new SDK for Microsoft languages and new integration with Zapier.
- Beta phase: parallel signatures.
- Signaturit color: do you want blue signatures?
By default, electronic signatures made with Signaturit are black, but with this latest update we have included blue as an option. The legal validity of signatures made in this color is the same as those made in black, as is the security and integrity of data transmitted through our platform.
If you like this color, you can set it as a default so that all recipients of your documents will sign in blue instead of black. To do this, go into your Signaturit account, click on your avatar, and then visit Settings → Branding → Signaturit Color → and click on blue.
- New Dropdown widget
Whether you are preparing a document or template that will be sent out to be signed, we have included a new field (or widget) called "Dropdown". This field includes a number of options for the signatory to select during the signing process.
For example, if the document being sent is a request to sign up for an academic course and the applicant must select which schedule he/she would prefer, the "Dropdown" field can display all the possible options.
The options are mutually exclusive in so far as if the signer selects "Monday and Wednesday" he/she cannot also select "Tuesday and Thursday", or "Friday and Saturday."
- New SDK for Microsoft Languages
The latest addition to our API ecosystem is the SDK for Microsoft languages. This means that Signaturit can now integrate with any platform via API that has been developed in .NET.
To install this SDK, we have used NuGet, the most widely used package manager for .NET, as well as updated operational guidelines with clear examples.
This represents a significant leap in terms of increased opportunities to integrate Signaturit into various platforms, since we already have SDKs for Python, Ruby, PHP, Node.js, Swift and Java.
- Zapier Integration
For those who like to automate processes, you can now automate the process of sending documents that need to be signed without knowing how to program, thanks to our new Zapier integration. Through this platform a multitude of applications can be connected and this enables to schedule actions to occur automatically: by creating a trigger, an action is fired off.
For example: if every time your colleague sends a PDF to your Gmail account with the filename "Confidentiality_Agreement.pdf” you want this document to be automatically sent to a third party, you can simply create what is known as a "zap" - a trigger paired with an action - that connects your Gmail account with Signaturit . This way, it is no longer necessary to download that document every time you send it with a signature request, since it will be mailed automatically to the appropriate recipient(s).
This feature is only available for Enterprise accounts. To connect with Zapier, you need to use your Signaturit “token” that can be found in your Dashboard: click on your avatar → Settings → Integrations → API.
- Signing in parallel
We are currently beta testing a new type of procedure for when a document needs to be signed by more than one recipient. To date we have been using two methods of sending documents to sign:
- Secuential delivery: one document is sent to several signatories at the same time, but the signatures must occur sequentially. In this case, since the document is unique it must be signed by one person at a time, and then passed onto the next, meaning that each signer can not read nor sign the document before the individual before him/her in the chain has done so. The reason behind this procedure is to ensure that what each signer sees at a given time (when he/she is making the signature) is the original document in the state that it´s in at that particular moment. The sequence of signers is established by how the recipients’ email addresses are ordered in the sending email.
- batch delivery: the same document is sent to several signatories at the same time, but the document is not unique; each signatory only receives a "copy" of the original. In this scenario, there are no waiting times and the order in which recipients’ emails appears is inconsequential.
Due to request of several of our clients, we have created a new method of delivery that allows signatures to be made in parallel within a single, original document.
This “parallel” delivery is a hybrid between sequential shipping and multiple shipping: the document is unique in the sense that all signatories must sign that particular version while signatures can be performed in parallel. In other words, all signatories receive the same document and can open and read it at the same time.
To maintain the legality of the advanced electronic signature with parallel delivery, signers are not able to all sign at the same time, but they are able to read the document all at the same time. Therefore, once a signer has access to the document, if another recipient is signing at that specific moment, the former will receive a notification when the document is “available” to for him/her to sign it.
This particular method of delivery is in still its beta version. If you’re interested in joining the group of testers please send an email to email@example.com with the email subject: Beta testers for parallel delivery
We hope that all these latest developments have been of interest to you, your team and company, and that with each product update you are able to continually make the most of using Signaturit.
If you have any questions or suggestions for improvement, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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