When it came time to renew my lease for my St. Louis apartment, but I was still in San Francsico, I had to do exactly what is described in this article. Sign a blank paper, photograph my signature, paste the photo into the PDF on the signature line, and send it back via eFax. How dumb is that? Its not secure in any way, and there's absolutely ZERO proof that it came from me. On the other hand if I sign it with my private key, there may not be a pretty handwritten copy of my name on the line - but there's fairly strong proof that I am the one that actually submitted the form.
Maybe there needs to be a fancy GUI on top of all of it that somehow links PGP signatures to images of handwritten signatures to satisfy people that are fixated on them, but to me, electronically signing documents with an honest-to-god handwritten signature is something that needs to die: yesterday.
Of course the real problem is that the organizations that require faxed signatures don't have any real idea as to why they're doing that or whether they need to do it or even whether it's legal, it's just "that's the way we've always done it"
I wound up futzing around with iAnnotate on the iPad, which required a bit more effort but actually worked.
Sorry it didn't work out for you. We had a day where we redid our document converter. It's possible something happened while we were pushing out changes. If you have a moment, mind trying it again and pinging us at support at hellofax dot com?
Basically, if I'm moving all my faxes through your startup's servers, what exactly proves that it is me signing up for credit card offerings, trips to Venice and discount car loans, and not your 2 month employee that is pissed at you for making him work late.
e-signatures bring up so many issues that can cause a world of hurt. To move from fax to e-signature support is a large step.
See here for more information: http://www.recombo.com/digital-signature/
(I'm not endorsing this product or company, but it provides some background.)
What question is this? Of course they use government issued ID-card and sign documents digitally using free, government backed, official (and open-source) software for that. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Estonian_ID_card
People mulling startup ideas take note: A great way to build something people want is to find a process that has become entrenched and stagnant and identify and remove points of friction (like signing digital documents without a physical fax machine).
E.g.: Investor agreements, stock plans, contracts, etc.
Would anyone else feel uncomfortable about handing over copies of all this to a startup?