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DocuSign rolls out free e-signature for consumers

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E-signature firm DocuSign has rolled out what it says is "the world’s first personal electronic signature."

While DocuSign has previously focused on the e-signature needs of businesses, the company’s latest offering, DocuSign Ink, allows individual consumers to digitally sign documents "in the cloud" from any device with an Internet connection.

"DocuSign Ink helps consumers finish personal business faster by eliminating once and for all the hassles and costs of printing, faxing, scanning, and overnighting signed documents," the company said in an announcement.

"With DocuSign Ink, individuals can safely and securely drag and drop their legally binding signature and initials into documents, place text and check boxes to complete forms, and then return via email." 

Users can sign and return documents from any Web browser and any email provider by sending the documents to, the company said.

Users can also download a DocuSign Ink plugin for Microsoft Outlook or a mobile application from the Apple App Store for use on iPads and iPhones. For the app, in addition to signing digital documents, "users can even snap a picture of a document with the device’s camera, DocuSign it, and send," the company said.

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The Apple mobile application launched last week and has been downloaded more than 100,000 times since then, DocuSign said.

An app for Google’s Android platform will be released before the end of the year, the company said, and DocuSign Ink will also be available in the Microsoft Office Downloads Marketplace soon.

DocuSign Ink can work with most document types, including those compatible with Microsoft Office and Adobe PDF, all scanned and faxed documents, and all text and image files, the company said.

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