Frequently Asked Questions
In its simplest terms, a static PDF form is essentially a read-only form whereas a dynamic PDF form denotes a fillable, interactive PDF form consisting of a number of form fields for entering data using a PDF application like Adobe Acrobat or the free Adobe Reader.
In simplest terms, an eForm (electronic form) is a computer program version of a paper form designed to capture, validate, and submit data in forms processing. For those unfamiliar, a PDF form is essentially an eForm.
While the answer to this question should be obvious to most anyone who has ever used a properly designed/developed interactive PDF form, for those unfamiliar, the single biggest advantage to be gained using a fillable interactive PDF form is a dramatic increase in productivity to help improve work flow. It also stands to reason that any time you can finish a work related task in less time than anticipated without sacrificing quality, you can then tend to other important personal/business tasks sooner than usual.
In brief, electronic or eSignatures represent a broad category of methods for signing a document. According to Wikipedia, an electronic or e-signature refers to data in electronic form logically associated with other data in electronic form used by the signatory to sign a document/form that provides the same legal standing as a handwritten signature as long as it adheres to the requirements of the specific regulation under which it was created. According to pandadoc.com, electronic or eSignatures are virtual representations of a wet-signature, one a signer would create with a pen and paper. Similar to the wet-signature, eSignatures are used to identify signers and signify that they agree to the terms outlined above the signature line (Also see 'What is a digital signature').
To once again quote panddoc.com, a digital signature is a type of electronic signature with an algorithm that encrypts the signature to generate a unique digital certificate containing invisible digital codes that make tampering and duplication practically impossible for hackers. Moreover, according to consensus, electronic signatures are more secure than their handwritten predecessors.
Whether designed from scratch or converted to an EasyPDF™ form, if/when a signature is required, a signature field will be provided for your convenience. To create/add a digital signature to an EasyPDF™ form using Adobe Reader, simply click the signature field provided to open and display a window that allows you to choose/configure a new digital ID. If you don't already have a digital ID, select 'Configure New Digital ID' then follow the prompts to create and add a digital signature to the form otherwise select your digital ID from that shown in the window and click continue to follow the prompts for adding your digital signature to the form. (Note: Once assigned, a digital signature renders an EasyPDF™ form read-only in which event only the person who added the digital ID can clear it from the form using the computer in which it was applied for restoring the form to its previous editable state).
Yes, electronic signatures are valid in all U.S. states and are granted the same legal status as handwritten signatures under state laws. ... Only three states (New York, Illinois and Washington) maintain their own independently developed laws, but all of them are consistent with Uniform Electronic Transactions Act (UETA).
In short, convenience, expediency and security. Convenience and expediency simply because a digital signature added to a computer generated document/form typically takes less than a minute to complete as opposed to having to print a hard copy to accommodate a handwritten signature and then scan the document back into its original electronic format to send in an email file attachment, a facsimile, or USPS. Security given that electronic signatures—as stated in a previous FAQ—are considered to be more secure than their handwritten predecessors.
Regardless of format, the document/form submitted needs to be legible and provide equal, squared-off, and parallel margins. Moreover, all/any modifications to the original design, layout, text and graphics as may be required to accommodate conversion to an EasyPDF™ form may/may not be able to be provided without the original document or form and/or software application in which the form was created.