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Freelancers Get More Business Done with RightSignature

By: Daryl Bernstein / Wednesday, November 4, 2009


Freelance graphic designers, software developers, photographers, writers, and consultants love RightSignature, and with good reason. RightSignature enables freelancers to present a highly professional image at the outset of a new client relationship and obtain signatures on contracts, proofs, and approvals anywhere in the world in minutes. We're proud to support solopreneurs by eliminating the hassles of getting documents signed so they can spend their time focused on what they do best.

Two prominent freelancer blogs recently highlighted RightSignature. In How to Freelance from Just About Anywhere on the Photoshop blog Psdtuts+, Danny Outlaw writes:
Need signatures on forms and contracts but don't have time to wait for snail-mail? RightSignature makes it easy to get legally signed contracts taken care of via the internet.
In a post titled Essential Tips to Ensure You Get Paid for Your Work on The Web Design Blog, Phil Matthews says:
One thing that put me off with getting contracts signed for smaller projects is the time required to send the contract to the client, wait for them to sign it before finally receiving it back. That was until I discovered RightSignature, which takes all the hassle. You simply upload your contract to RightSignature, send an e-mail to the client with a link to the document and they then digitally sign the contract. The final document contains signatures from all parties with a unique reference number and is legally binding.

RightSignature 2.0 Launched

By: Daryl Bernstein / Monday, October 26, 2009


It's a release so big we had to call it RightSignature 2.0. New, patent-pending features might just change the way you do business. Welcome to the next generation of RightSignature.

Here's what you can do now, for the first time, with RightSignature:
  • Capture handwritten signatures at specific locations inside a document
  • Prompt signers to fill out text fields before signing
  • Create reusable RightTemplates™ for fast sending of common forms
  • And much more...
Sign on the Line
Capture Handwritten Signatures Inside a Document

Place a signature box anywhere in your document. When your client signs online, the handwritten signature appears on the document instantly. The executed contract looks just like it was signed with pen and paper.

Need your recipient to sign on multiple pages? No problem. Place as many signature boxes as necessary throughout the document.

Need signatures from two parties? Just position two signature boxes, and select which signer uses each box.

Form Fields
"Fill Out a Form and Sign" Becomes a Reality

Does your contract have a place for your client to fill in text fields before signing? RightSignature now makes it incredibly easy to fill out a form and sign online.

Employment applications, credit applications, insurance applications, real estate contracts, mortgage applications, tax forms, rental agreements, and more ... they're all possible with RightSignature 2.0!

Initial Here
Obtain Approvals on Important Clauses

To mimic the pen-and-paper experience, place initials boxes next to important clauses in your contract. Or, position initials boxes at the bottom of each page of a multi-page contract.

Your signer will be required to initial before submitting the document.

Reusable RightTemplate™
Set Up a Document Once, Use It Forever

Set up a document with form fields, signature locations, and party roles, and use it over and over. With your own library of commonly-used forms, you can send even the most complex document for signature with just a few clicks.

A reusable RightTemplate™ is a combination of a document and an overlay, which may contain text fields, signature boxes, initials boxes, or other form elements.

Instant Preview
Select a Document, Review It Immediately

Our snappy document uploader processes your document selection in seconds and gives you an instant preview. Now, before you click "Send for Signature," you can be completely confident you're sending the correct version of the document.

NaviGuide™ Flag
Live-Action Pointer Leads Signers to Required Fields

RightSignature is known for the simplest, most intuitive user experience. When you send your client a document, even a long contract with multiple form fields to complete, you want the signing process to be easy and self-explanatory.

The exclusive RightSignature NaviGuide™ is a flag that moves up and down the document in real time, pointing the signer to the next required field. This powerful innovation is the online equivalent of sitting with your clients and pointing to the locations on each page where they need to fill in information, initial, or sign.

RightTrack™ Checklist with Progress Meter
Instant Feedback as Signers Complete Documents

Have a form that requires your client to complete 14 fields, initial in three places, and sign at the end? The RightTrack™ checklist, another exclusive RightSignature technology, shows your signers all their to-do's and crosses them off as they are completed.

Intuitively, each to-do includes the location in the document (for example, "middle of page 4"). The signer can click any to-do item to be taken directly to that field.

A live-action progress meter shows the percentage of required items completed to give your signers feedback and encouragement as they complete even the longest documents.

New Dashboard Design
Search by File, Signer, or Any Form Field Data

Our powerful new Dashboard allows for easy searching and filtering. Quickly check the status of all your pending documents, and review your executed contracts. Search by document filename, party, or any form field data. Filter by time, which is ideal for when you know the document was signed last week but just don't remember the details.

The new Action tab shows you any documents that require your attention: documents that you need to sign and documents that are approaching expiration.

The new Activity tab shows you the most recent activity since you last logged in. For example, "All parties have signed document Mutual NDA 18 minutes ago."

ReadWriteWeb on RightSignature and the SaaS Ecosystem

By: Daryl Bernstein / Wednesday, October 21, 2009


ReadWriteWeb enterprise writer Alex Williams profiled RightSignature in an excellent article today. He discussed how RightSignature, as a best-in-class online software solution, is a coral reef in the "SaaS ecosystem."

His idea is that RightSignature's powerful features, secure infrastructure, and extensible API make it a swim-in, swim-out hub for documents. More importantly, RightSignature is enabling a whole new species of web applications to thrive. Developers can focus on document creation and management, and rely on RightSignature for best practices in electronic signatures.

Here's a real-world translation in case you're not following the symbolism: RightSignature does one thing incredibly well ... it enables parties to fill out and sign documents online. That makes it a critical tool for companies doing paperless business.

RightSignature Wins VentureNet 2009

By: Daryl Bernstein / Wednesday, October 7, 2009


Today, at VentureNet 2009, RightSignature went head-to-head with 12 of the hottest software and technology companies in Southern California.

On stage, I shared our vision for simple, intuitive electronic signatures. I described how businesses around the world are signing documents online with RightSignature every day. And I showed a sneak preview of RightSignature 2.0, our game-changing new release coming next week.

We faced scrutiny by a panel of top VC’s and an audience of hundreds of investors and technology entrepreneurs. We faced competition from a host of great companies and accomplished CEO’s, including our friends at ExpenseBay and YouMail.

At the end of the day, RightSignature won Best of Show. We’re honored to join the impressive list of VentureNet winners from the past several years, including Magnify 360 and RightScale.

We extend a big thank you to Eric David Greenspan of MakeItWork, Jim Andelman of Rincon Ventures, Mark Suster of GRP Partners, Jeff Cohn of MHS Capital, and the other visionaries who validated RightSignature’s mission to change the way documents are signed around the world.

iPhone App Update Released Today

By: Daryl Bernstein / Thursday, October 1, 2009


The ever-popular RightSignature iPhone app has an updated release available today. New features and improvements include:
  • A smoother sign-on-touchscreen experience
  • A new document viewer with automatic zoom (tap twice to zoom)
  • iPhone OS 3.0 compliant
  • Log in to your RightSignature account from the app
If you're already using our app, you know how cool it is to sign your name on the touchscreen. If you haven't tried it yet, download the free app from iTunes to experience the power of signing documents on your iPhone ... at your desk or at the beach.

Our API Enables Electronic Signatures in High-Volume Workflows

By: Daryl Bernstein / Thursday, August 27, 2009


Thanks to ProgrammableWeb for profiling the RightSignature API. For non-techies (if you think Ruby is a gem and REST is what you need by the end of the week, that's you), our API is a gateway for other applications to communicate with RightSignature.

With a bit of programming, you can automate the sending of documents through RightSignature. This means you can easily integrate RightSignature into your company's document workflow or website. Also, developers use our API to build innovative applications on top of the powerful RightSignature platform.

You can read more about our API or contact us to learn how you could use the API to automate your company's high-volume document workflow.

How One User Reduced Time Spent on Contracts to 5 Minutes

By: Daryl Bernstein / Wednesday, August 26, 2009

In an inspiring blog post, Josh Colter of Elias Interactive describes how he simplified his company's client contracting process, both to increase the efficiency of his small team and reduce the paper burden on potential customers. Elias is a web development firm specializing in implementations of open source eCommerce solutions.

As part of his big-picture goal of turning clients into raving fans, Josh reduced the page count of his standard client agreement by 75%. Then he began sending all contracts via RightSignature. "Now," Josh reports, "our clients receive a 3-5 page contract via an emailed link and sign the thing in less than 30 seconds with their mouse." We think making it as easy as possible for your customers to do business with you is a smart strategy, and we salute Josh's efforts.

FreshBooks + RightSignature = Estimates and Invoices Signed Online

By: Daryl Bernstein / Tuesday, July 21, 2009

We're proud to announce integration with FreshBooks, the leading online software for creating estimates and invoices. Now, with a few clicks, send a FreshBooks estimate to a client for signature. In addition, you may send a FreshBooks invoice to the client's project manager for signature, to enable the accounts payable department to issue payment.

The RightSignature-FreshBooks integration creates a powerful toolbox for small and medium businesses. Manage the entire life cycle of a deal, from NDA through estimate and invoice, without the hassles of paper.

"The RightSignature integration with FreshBooks is fantastic!" said Sunir Shah, Chief Handshaker and head of integrations at FreshBooks, "Our customers like us because we make them look more professional and get paid faster. RightSignature really closes the gap of getting legally binding signatures from clients at Internet speed, without losing the trust of clients along the way."

Here's a screencast showing the power of this feature:

Attorneys Embrace the RightSignature iPhone App

By: Daryl Bernstein / Tuesday, June 30, 2009


The Mac Lawyer calls RightSignature one of the Top 20 iPhone Apps for Busy Attorneys. Ben Stevens writes, "This program has one great purpose: letting you sign contracts, proposals, and NDAs from your iPhone. You can even integrate your photo with your signature, ensuring authenticity." Thanks for the write-up, Ben!

We'd like to point out that attorneys love to use RightSignature to send documents for signature, as well. That's best done from the online version, accessible on your desktop or laptop.

Big in Russia

By: Daryl Bernstein / Monday, June 22, 2009

Добро пожаловать (welcome) to our many users in Russia! RightSignature was featured in Vedomosti, the Russian co-publication of the Wall Street Journal and the Financial Times. Also, Habrahabr, a mega-popular Russian tech blog (with an undeniably captivating logo), published a detailed write-up on RightSignature, which provoked a healthy debate on the power of electronic signatures in international business.


TechCrunch!

By: Daryl Bernstein / Monday, June 1, 2009


A huge thank you to Jason Kincaid, who posted a comprehensive review of RightSignature on TechCrunch. Thank you, Jason, for explaining how RightSignature's technological innovations, clean user interface, and simple signature process make it the most compelling e-signature solution on the market.

There were funky webmail programs, then Gmail simply got it right. There were cluttered social networks, then Facebook got it right. We believe RightSignature is the easy, intuitive software-as-a-service that "gets it right" in the online document signing space. Today, TechCrunch validates our vision.

Here's an excerpt from the TechCrunch post:
Over the last 15 years or so, most of us have adapted to the new forms of communication that pervade the web, ditching letters (and in many cases, phone calls) in favor of rapid fire IMs and Email. But there’s still at least one formality embedded in most of us that’s been hard to overcome: the personal signature. The simple act of signing a document, silly as it may seem in an era of fingerprints, photographs, and passwords, is something that has been engrained in us. And while signing a digital document with an “Okay” button or check box may be legally binding, they’re so basic that it makes the gesture feel insincere.

Now RightSignature, a new startup that launched to the public last month, is looking to make things even easier.

CEO Daryl Bernstein says that the existing digital signature companies don’t focus enough on the user experience, making it difficult to actually read the document you’re meant to sign. So RightSignature has built a proprietary PDF viewer that shows a large portion of the document alongside a box for your John Hancock. Bernstein also says that competitors tend to focus on large companies, so RightSignature is trying to make its service more accessible to smaller businesses (you can send a document out for signing in around sixty seconds).

"A Solution We've All Been Waiting For" goodBetabest reviews RightSignature

By: Daryl Bernstein /


On the goodBetabest blog, Chris Brown says, "When you consider the inefficiency of signing and transporting contracts between parties, the biggest wonder is why RightSignature took so long to get here."

His thorough review points out many of RightSignature's key features – the simplicity of sending documents, ease with which recipients sign documents, clean dashboard for monitoring document progress, and much more. The screenshot gallery is impressive ... we love the curvy arrows identifying important points.

Here's an excerpt from the post:
There is little doubt that this is a well considered solution with a huge market appeal. RightSignature has created a simple to use product with smart managment tools that doesn’t leave you wanting for features. Their backend technology is robust with secure socket layers and 256-bit encryption with data held on the enviable Amazon Web Services (AWS) servers.

Screencast: How to Use RightSignature

By: Daryl Bernstein / Tuesday, May 26, 2009

For all you visual learners, our first screencast demonstrates two core functions of RightSignature: sending a document for signatures online and signing a document online. Please share your feedback. More screencasts on specific RightSignature features coming soon.

TreeHugger Highlights the Environmental Benefits of Digital Signatures

By: Daryl Bernstein / Friday, May 15, 2009


Thank you to TreeHugger for advocating RightSignature's paperless workflow today. They pointed out that the online signature process is not only more efficient (and a potential life saver for expat web workers), but there's a very significant environmental benefit as well.

Here's an excerpt from Jennifer Hattam's post:
One of the small, but annoying, problems with expat life is dealing with the issue of signing documents related to work and logistics back in the U.S.

Since the Turkish mail can be a bit, ahem, unreliable, this entails walking up the hill to the Internet cafe, printing out the document in question, signing it, and then either giving it back to the Internet guy to scan it so I can then send it in via email, or walking back down to the yarn and pantyhose store (no, I'm not kidding), where I can fax it off.

RightSignature looks promising--their free account lets you upload and sign up to five Microsoft Word or PDF documents each month. I can hardly wait to do some more paperwork.

Beta Launch at Amazon Web Services Start-Up 2009 in London

By: Daryl Bernstein / Tuesday, April 28, 2009

We're honored that Amazon invited us to show off our cutting-edge application at the Amazon Web Services Start-Up 2009 event today in London, at the British Museum. We know an opportunity when we see one, so we're announcing the RightSignature Beta Launch at the event. This is 2009, not 1999. How many web companies get to announce a launch at the British Museum?

We're stoked, and today we raise our pints and, er, cups of tea, to all you Alpha users--pioneering early adopters--who contributed to the RightSignature development process. Thank you.

What does Beta mean for you? Our systems are now robust, scalable, and speedy. You've probably noticed significant upload and document processing speed improvements recently. Our tech gurus have been bolstering our top-secret, behind-the-scenes architecture to stay ahead of the document traffic, which is growing every day. Our service is now best of breed, evidenced by the new users who are choosing RightSignature over the other guys every day. We're confident we can handle just about any onslaught, so Beta is official.

Please tell your friends, and keep the feedback coming. Beta is still a refinement process. We appreciate every comment and suggestion you send our way.

Our iPhone App Charges Out of the Gate

By: Daryl Bernstein / Wednesday, April 15, 2009


The brand-spankin'-new RightSignature iPhone app lets you sign documents using the touchscreen as a signature pad. Yep, it's as cool as it sounds. We were blown away when our app hit the Top Business Apps list on iTunes before we could even announce its release.

You thought signing documents with your mouse was fun? Try signing on your iPhone!

Visit the iTunes store to install the free app. Then touch any RightSignature link in your iPhone email, and the app automatically launches.

The RightSignature app allows you to a sign a document on your iPhone or iPod Touch in 3 quick steps:

Read and Agree
Use Apple's multitouch technology to pan and zoom when reviewing the document. Click Agree to indicate your acceptance of the document contents.

Photo Authenticate (optional)
Take your own photo with the iPhone's camera, authenticating your identity. This step is optional (but really cool).

Sign Document
Sign your name with your finger on the touchscreen. It's like when you sign on a credit card terminal at the grocery store, only on our app your signature actually looks good.

How many times have you needed to sign something while stuck in an airport or on a train? The days of "Fax it to my hotel" are over. Have your assistant or counterparty send you the document on RightSignature, and you can sign it immediately.

You can even use the iPhone app right at your desk. When viewing a document online, click on the iPhone tab. We'll send you an email to open on your iPhone. The touchscreen signature pad enables a very accurate signature, and the iPhone's camera allows you to attach your photo to the document with ease.

Shhhh.... Really attentive iPhone users might notice that we've created a special version of RightSignature.com just for Apple's Mobile Safari browser. You can log in, check out your Dashboard, and view a document's status. Soon, you'll be able to send a Google Docs document for signature right from your iPhone. More mobile excitement to come.

Activity Log Provides Auditable Record of Document Events

By: Daryl Bernstein / Tuesday, April 14, 2009

The signature page on every completed document now includes a detailed activity log. Lines include the date and time the document was initiated, viewed by a party, signed by each signer, and completed.

The activity log is an auditable record and gives you another layer of protection should any of your agreements be disputed in the future. This advancement in precision and record-keeping is one more reason why documents signed on RightSignature are substantially more robust and defensible than pen-and-paper agreements.

Google Docs + RightSignature = Complete Online Document Workflow

By: Daryl Bernstein / Monday, April 13, 2009


The first time I used Google Docs brought back memories of my first experience with WordPerfect. It's that revolutionary. The Google guys put all the core features of Word and Excel in a browser-based application. Type, format, save, access, and collaborate on documents from any computer. This is what cloud computing is all about. Google Docs rocks.

Now we're thrilled to launch full Google Docs integration in RightSignature. What does this mean? See your list of Google Docs in RightSignature, select a document, and send it for signature with a few clicks.

The powerful combination of Google Docs and RightSignature means you can create documents, request signatures, monitor status, and access executed contracts anywhere, anytime. From home, from the office, on the road. Slowed deal momentum due to document access delays is a thing of the past. We're big believers in the power of online software, and this integration demonstrates why. It will raise the efficiency and effectiveness of your document workflow to a new level.

RightSignature v1.4: Get Documents Signed Without Pain

By: Daryl Bernstein / Sunday, April 12, 2009

Our crackerjack development team has been hard at work on a host of compelling features to improve our user experience. We can officially say welcome to RightSignature v1.4! Getting documents signed is now truly painless.

This new release addresses a host of common requests. As always, you don't need to do anything to enjoy this new version. Just log in to your account, and all the new features will be available to you.

We focused on improvements that make sending documents effortless and signing documents simple and self-explanatory. We'll discuss the really rip-roaring new features in coming blog posts, but here's an enticing sample:

Full-Screen Signature Pad
When you sign a document online, it doesn't matter if your signature isn't perfect. The act of signing and RightSignature's identity verification technology make the execution legally valid. But some of us--perfectionists, raise your hand with me--would really be happier if our online signature looked just like our paper signature. And that's hard to achieve in a small signature pad. Our new full-screen signature pad makes it easy to sign just like you would on paper. Perfectionists, you can take a breath now.

Document Processing Engine
Our revamped, industrial-sized, Rube Goldberg-esque document processing engine can now take anything you throw at it. Upload just about any document, and the RightSignature engine will validate it, lock it, and prepare it for signature. Word 2008? Done. Mac Word X? Done. PDF 1.7? Done. Foreign language characters? Done. No matter what kind of document you have, we'll get it signed for you.

Document Thumbnails on Dashboard
Our most active users sport Dashboards loaded with documents out for signature. We've eliminated the need to click through to figure out a document's contents. New, handy document thumbnails on your Dashboard jog your memory when the filename just doesn't cut it. Have 3 documents all named Contract.pdf? No worries! Thumbnails to the rescue.

Your feedback helps us make RightSignature the easiest, fastest, and, well, niftiest signature solution online. Please share your thoughts with us.

Great review on Dollar Duel blog

By: Daryl Bernstein / Sunday, March 8, 2009

A big thank you to the Dollar Duel blog for an excellent review of RightSignature. They understand the pain of paper document signing and appreciate the magic of signing on RightSignature.

Here's an excerpt:
If you are like me, you spend a lot of time writing up contracts for clients. The one thing I have always hated about the whole contract process was the fact that I had to send the blank copy to my client or have them print out a PDF, have them sign it, then mail it back to me. Once that process was done, I had to sign it myself, then send the client a copy of the finally finished agreement.

It’s a very tedious process! With RightSignature, you can now put those horrible memories of contracts behind you! RightSignature reduces the cycle time of getting a document signed from hours or days to a few minutes. The intuitive user interface lets you upload a document and enter recipient information effortlessly, in less than a minute.

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