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Instantly insert your signature into Word, Pages, Mail, many others.   Demo ($6.95)
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Autograph enables you to instantly insert your signature into Word, Pages, Mail, and many other applications. Sign PDF documents without printing and scanning.

  • Simple, Easy Design: Autograph an email or document in less than 7 seconds. Autograph accepts signatures drawn on your trackpad with a finger or Pogo Sketch. You can also use a Wacom tablet to sign even if you're on a desktop machine.
  • Automatically inserts into your last open application: Waste time scanning, trimming, pasting in a signature? No thanks! One keystroke inserts your signature or note into an
What's New
Version 1.4:
  • Beta Support for Wacom Tablets
  • Fully qualified on Intuos 3: Let us know how it works on yours!
  • Automatic Palm Rejection: Ever notice your stroke gets cancelled when your palm accidentally touches the trackpad? No more! Autograph will ignore up to one accidental touch
  • Date Stamp Option: Great for establishing a time-definite approval with no extra effort! This option must be enabled in the Export preferences
  • Many more enhancements.
Version 1.4:
  • Beta Support for Wacom Tablets
  • Fully qualified on Intuos 3: Let us know how it works on yours!
  • Automatic Palm Rejection: Ever notice your stroke gets cancelled when your palm accidentally touches the trackpad? No more! Autograph will ignore up to one accidental touch
  • Date Stamp Option: Great for establishing a time-definite approval with no extra effort! This more...
Requirements
Intel/PPC,
  • Mac OS X 10.6 or later
  • MacBook with Multitouch trackpad



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    Jimw commented on 14 Nov 2009
    While this may be a great tool for the scanner deprived, I have used a scanner for this for doing this for many years. Just sign a blank piece of paper; scan it; then save it as JPEG or PDF. Then just copy and paste the "document" into your message or document. I keep mine in iPhoto for faster access from Apple applications as almost all of them can load up an iPhoto item directly. One a signature is in my document I am usually able to resize it to fit the need.

    While this product is not expensive or necessarily out of line cost wise, my feeling is, having a scanner, why spend $7 on this when you might be able to spend it on something else more useful?

    Not with any intention of casting aspersions on this product as I did not even download it, but why spend money on a another tool when I have one that already does the job effectively for me, unless it can do significantly better or easier to make its additional cost and maintenance worth while. This is a factor I always consider when considering the purchase of any product.
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    Dannii replied on 15 Nov 2009
    It's a truly unique product, there is nothing like it, yet. This is more of a thing you'd expect to see from Apple.

    I bought it even before showing up here on MacUpdate. I use it on an aluminum unibody MacBook and it just works wonders. As I take notes in college classes, this is a great app for writing quick math equations. It doesn't matter which app you use, i.e. Word, Pages, OpenOffice, etc. If it supports image insertion, Autograph will work.

    You can customize a lot of things, like the pen thickness, velocity, color, hot-key. You can save your drawing in either .png or as a .pdf (which is resolution independent, meaning you can scale it up to any size without losing quality).

    The app is so wonderfully implemented. There is no dock icon or installation required. You download the app, drag it into your apps folder and open it. From now on, it'll startup at login. There's clever little A that sits in the menubar for if you need to change preferences and such.

    A definite must buy. But don't take my word for it, download the app for yourself and give it a try.
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    Jimw replied on 15 Nov 2009
    Perhaps on a machine with a trackpad or with a tablet it has other uses beyond that of inserting a signature into a document. However as a desktop user I simply have better things to spend my money on since other, no cost and viable alternatives are available to me for adding my signature to a document. Additionally equations inserted into a document, unlike using an equation tool, will not be editable. To change them they must be deleted and reentered.
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    Dannii replied on 15 Nov 2009
    You should try the product first before commenting on it, because you are casting doubt on the product. While I encourage healthy skepticism, this here is just trolling.

    How are the maintenance cost for your pen, paper, scanner or iPhoto?

    The app was created with notebook users in mind. It didn't get tablet support until recently, which is a nice bonus. And those are the sales target here, not desktop users like yourself.

    This app does it job effectively, and has far more benefits over the old drawing and scanning. I'm sure if you actually owned a laptop or at least a tablet, you'd figured that out.

    I think that only people without a trackpad or tablet would resort to scanning.
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    Jimw replied on 15 Nov 2009
    First of all, overall I generally agree with your comments, other than the aspersions you have cast towards scanner and desktop users.

    To respond to your questions:

    My maintenance costs in relation to getting my signature into a document is zero since I already own the products, bought the products for other purposes, and only had to scan in my signature once many years ago.

    I have no need to try the product since I do not own a notebook or trackpad and already have my signature on file and had it on file for many years. It is simply not suited to my current needs. I do not need to try the product to determine this and if you carefully read my first message I was not commenting on the functionality of the product.

    What I was doing was pointing out to prospective users that they already may own the tools to do this task if a signature is all they want. That allows them to make an informed decision. Do you not feel it is fair to allow prospective customers to informed decision before purchasing this product?

    For certain niche tasks, using this program may have limited benefits over a scanner. But then a scanner can do a multitude of operations that this product cannot. Such things as converting drawings or graphics into electronic files, OCR, document faxing by computer, copying documents, etc. The product is no substitute for a scanner.

    I never cast doubt on the product. That would be unfair as I have not used it. What I did cast doubt upon is the need for it for many users that already have the ability to do this with the tools they already own.

    BTW: if you are the developer of the product, which it sounds like you are, you should really be posting your comments using the developer tag instead of that of a user so that other users are aware of your connection to the product. If you are not the developer but have a connection to the developer, that should also be stated to be fair. If you are just an avid user, I am glad the product is working well for you, that you see terrific value in it, and are excited about the product.
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    Dannii replied on 15 Nov 2009
    Good that you clarified your first comment.

    To start, I'm not affiliated with the product, other then being a satisfied user. The part about the maintenance was rhetorical.

    I'd agree with you if the app was 'just for a signature'. But the app is more then that.

    And I think that's what you're failing to see here, because you keep presenting the app as being a one trick pony. In your second comment you acknowledge that the app might have some other functionality for notebook users. The thing is that the app was created for people with a notebook (with a trackpad). By saying that it might have other functionality for notebook users' you suggest that it has some other primary function for desktop users. It doesn't and nobody states it does.

    My biggest problem here is that you say that the product isn't worth your money and you wouldn't buy it. But the thing is that you wouldn't buy it because it isn't made for you.

    In your third reply you present the app vs a scanner. You argue that the app has some benefits over the scanner but the overall scanner wins. On some level this sounds nice and obvious, but again you present the app as a one trick pony and a scanner being the opposite. But you can't really compare both products to each other.

    Again, I agree with you that people should be able to make an informed decision whether or not to buy this (and other) product. The developer of the app allows people to do this by trying the full featured version of the app, only with adding a watermark to the images.
    That is not the issue here.

    The issue here is that you present the app as a one trick pony that's not worth the money because people with a scanner can achieve the same results, they can't.

    If you actually bothered to try the app, let alone download, you'd see that it's more then just for signatures. But you can't try it, because you don't have a trackpad or tablet.

    You cast ungrounded doubt about the need for the product, without fully knowing what the product does and the need for it other people (you not being one of them) have, so what are you even talking about. And how would you even consider your opinion on the matter as being useful?

    I'll assume you ment no harm with your first comment and only wanted to inform people that if they want their signature in a document, they can use a scanner, like you've done for years.

    But don't talk about the app as being yet 'another tool' to do this. Because it's not and if you bothered to look, you'd see.
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    Jimw replied on 15 Nov 2009
    Perhaps then, the developer should consider another name for the product.
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    Dannii replied on 15 Nov 2009
    An app should be judged by their functionality, not by their name.

    But having the app renamed might clear up some confusion by certain people, I agree, but that is up to the developer to decide.

    Then again, the app is being marketed primarily as a signature app, with some well extended features.
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    Type:Business : Applications
    License:Demo
    Date:14 Nov 2009
    Platform:PPC 32 / Intel 32 / OS X
    Price: $6.95
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    Autograph enables you to instantly insert your signature into Word, Pages, Mail, and many other applications. Sign PDF documents without printing and scanning.

    • Simple, Easy Design: Autograph an email or document in less than 7 seconds. Autograph accepts signatures drawn on your trackpad with a finger or Pogo Sketch. You can also use a Wacom tablet to sign even if you're on a desktop machine.
    • Automatically inserts into your last open application: Waste time scanning, trimming, pasting in a signature? No thanks! One keystroke inserts your signature or note into an open document.
    • Swipe to undo: Flub your last name? No problem. Three-finger swipe left or right to undo/redo. Try that with a pen!
    • Biometrics: Bio-what? Autograph includes all the minute details that make a signature uniquely yours.
    • Many more features


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