Until the retinal scan comes of age, we're going to have to put up with signing things -- and getting clients to sign things. Fortunately, there are apps like DocuSign that bring the oldest authentication method in the world into the 21st century.

More and more documents are shedding their original paper form and migrating in the digital world -- until they need to be signed, that is, when they have to be printed out, John Hancocked, and then redigitized. And while you and your business clients probably have the scanners on site to make this merely a nuisance, how many of your individual cliens have one?

Far easier to ask them to use DocuSign's electronic signature app, which lets users digitize their signature and then apply it to whatever they like. And you can use it to import documents from e-mail or a number of other sources, and route them to clients or colleagues for their signature of initialing.

The app complies with the eSign Act, so its signatures are legally binding, and its available for iOS devices, Android devices, and Windows devices.

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