E-Signature Software Definition

E-Signature software refers to software platforms designed to gather signatures without printing a document and physically signing. In many countries, including the United States, e-signatures and print signatures have equal legal ramifications. E-signature software allows companies or individuals to reduce the cycle time to gather signatures as well as reduce costs of gathering and storing signatures on paper.

Compare Best E-Signature Software

G2 Crowd helps you compare the best E-Signature Software products. You can compare products on the Grid, or by selecting any of the products for a side-by-side comparison. In addition, you can download the full report for more detailed information about E-Signature Software products. Only products with 10 or more reviews are included in the Grid. For a full list of products, click on the Products tab.

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E-Signature Software Comparison Overview

The best E-Signature Software products are determined by customer satisfaction (based on user reviews) and scale (based on market share, vendor size, and social impact) and placed into four categories on the Grid:
  • Leaders offer e-signature products that are rated highly by G2 Crowd users and have substantial scale, market share, and global support and service resources. Leaders products include: DocuSign, Adobe Document Cloud eSign services, RightSignature, and e-SignLive by Silanis
  • High Performers provide products that are highly rated by their users, but have not yet achieved the market share and scale of the vendors in the Leader category. High Performers products include: Sertifi and CudaSign
  • Contenders have significant market presence and resources, but their products have received below average user satisfaction ratings or have not yet received a sufficient number of reviews to validate their products.
  • Niche products do not have the market presence of the Leaders. They may have been rated positively on customer satisfaction, but have not yet received enough reviews to validate their success. Niche products include: AssureSign and HelloSign

Featured Reviews

  1. e-SignLive by Silanis

    Signing made as easy as a click

    March 06, 2014 11:53 AM CST
    <span data-ue-widget='safe-name' data-safe-name-id='11746'>Tapan J.</span>
    Tapan J. likes:
    "It is a e signature solution available completely on cloud . That means no downloading and installation required.It is a very secure way to esign the documents and offers a multi tiered authentication including sms text passcodes,challenge questions and third party solutions. It makes multiple people sign the same document simple through its workflow options so that there is no confusion at all.It absolutely eliminates the need to meet in person to get the contracts, forms signed or to mail ,..."
  2. Adobe Document Cloud eSign services

    On Demand completely online e-signature solution

    March 13, 2014 03:36 AM CDT
    <span data-ue-widget='safe-name' data-safe-name-id='11746'>Tapan J.</span>
    Tapan J. likes:
    "It offers not only signing of the documents but also tracking and filing. It supports signing by email (e-signature) or by fax. And guess what one can even hand write or sketch his signature via mouse. Plus, there’s an iPad, iPhone, and Blackberry app.It also allows someone to fax it back. There is an attached audit trail and a sequential signing workflow which helps in guiding when multiple people/departments have to sign on the same document.It also has strong integrations to Salesforce an..."
  3. e-SignLive by Silanis

    A great product for those looking to handle manual eSignatures

    August 02, 2014 12:17 PM CDT
    <span data-ue-widget='safe-name' data-safe-name-id='5689'>John F.</span>
    John F. benefitted from:
    "We already had e-Sign Enterprise but needed a solution for lower volume situations where integration wasn't required or was impossible due to the 3rd party product. e-SignLive delivered in a big way. This gave us the an opportunity to bring small businesses and the smaller business lines at a large bank an opportunity to get into e-Signature while sticking with the enterprise solution. Time to market was reduced significantly. I recommend giving this a try for both light integration and n..."
  4. Adobe Document Cloud eSign services

    Easy, fast, useful tool for our legal team.

    July 29, 2013 04:03 PM CDT
    <span data-ue-widget='safe-name' data-safe-name-id='6094'>Julia K.</span>
    Julia K. recommends:
    "Highly recommended. Also, we work with Adobe forms frequently, so it made the most sense for us to purchase a e-signature program that is also an Adobe product - for seamless integration."
  5. DocVerify

    Solution for all your elctronic signature and safe online storage of sensitive documents

    March 06, 2014 11:51 AM CST
    <span data-ue-widget='safe-name' data-safe-name-id='11746'>Tapan J.</span>
    Tapan J. recommends:
    "Worth a shot for saving your time through e-signatures and sharing and storage of sensitive docs."

Buying Considerations in E-Signature Software

Regulatory compliance
Signature compliance varies from industry to industry. Make sure to familiarize yourself with restrictions and guidelines for using e-signatures in your industry. E-signature products can help you comply with regulations by providing the ability to securely store documents for a set time and track the signing process for auditing purposes.
Industry customization
In addition to industry specific compliance concerns, functionality needs differ across industries. E-Signature vendors typically provide contract templates for businesses in industries such as insurance, real estate, financial services, government, and healthcare.
Mobile
Depending on the nature of your business, signing and tracking contracts on the go can be a convenience or a necessity. More e-signature vendors are adding mobile functionality to their products either in the form of native iOS/Android applications or through a mobile browser. Mobile functionality differs greatly between products and if mobile is a factor in your decision, make sure to compare features across applications.
Integration
Many e-signature products offer out of the box integration to popular CRM or document management tools. Integrating an E-Signature product with your CRM or document management platform can make the contract signing process more efficient and easier to manage.
Cloud vs. on premise
Cloud e-signature tools offer a Software as a Service pricing model and work inside a browser. On-premise e-signature tools are installed on hardware owned and maintained by the customer.
Cloud
Most of the new e-signature tools were born in the cloud. The cloud pricing model is typically a set price per user per month. Cloud tools are easy to implement, don’t require hardware investments, and allow you to pay overtime based on usage.
On premise
Most customers who use on-premise tools purchase a perpetual license based on the number of users and pay an annual maintenance fee. On-premise tools might be client-server tools that require a software to be installed in each user’s PC or might be browser based. On-premise tools require IT support to install and maintain, and also require investments in hardware.

Key Benefits of E-Signature Software

  • Paperless - Eliminate the paper trail of contracts, which reduces printing and physical file storage needs
  • Efficiency - A fully digital process allows contracts to be sent, edited and signed over email much faster than through the postal system.
  • Audit Trail and Compliance - Set workflows and automatically store document history seamlessly
  • Improved productivity - Less time spent on signing and processing contracts across your company saves money and allows employees to spend more time on their work.

Common Features

These are the common features of E-Signature Software

Signature Process

Document Signing
Allows signor to easily and intuitively sign documents
Reminders and Expirations
Reminds signors of documents that are waiting to be signed and document expiration dates
Sign in process
Process of authenticating is secure and seemless
Mobile
User can easy send and sign documents on mobile devices
Signature Workflow
Sendor/Adminstrators can easily set up and track documents through multiple signature steps
Mass Signatures
Send documents requiring signature to 1000's of signers at once
Reporting
Provides standard reports and easy creation of custom reports to manage signature process
Signature Document Creation
Easy to create signature blocks on all required electronic document types/formats

Security and Scalability

Regulatory Compliance
Meets required regulartory compliances
Signature History and Audit
Tracks all document signing history to comply with required regulations
Enterprise Scalability
Provides features to allow scaling for large organizations

Platform

Custom Branding
Custom branding can be applied through signature process
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