Autograph for iOS Help
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Help with Autograph for iOS
Autograph Help Index
  • Autograph is designed to make it simple to slap your signature on just about anything. If you're having trouble doing that, we can probably help.
  • If you haven't already, download Autograph Helper for Mac or Windows.  You'll need it to receive the signature on your computer.
  • The information on this page is reasonably up to date, but if you need more information, let us know using
  • Check out the common Q&A at the bottom of the page, or hit the links below for step-by-step instructions:
  • Getting Started with Autograph
  • Autograph Settings
  • Sending to a Computer
Autograph Tips and Questions
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Can I use this on the road away from a wifi network?

You bet!  If you have a Mac, follow these steps:
  • From airport menu, click "Create Network"
    Create Network
  • From your iPhone, join the new network.
  • Wait about 20 seconds, and the computer name should appear in the Autograph list.

How can I sign a .pdf document using Autograph?

With Preview:
  • Export the pdf into .tiff format. Open it, fire up Autograph, and drop in a signature. It usually shows up in the bottom left corner of the page. Be careful where you place it because preview does not allow editing later. You can now export the document page back into .pdf format. Note the document will now be a raster format and no longer searchable, similar to if you had printed and scanned it.
With Microsoft Word 2008:
  • Drag in the signature page of your PDF into a new Word document. Then, fire up Autograph to drop in a signature. Be sure to change the image wrapping to "in front of text" in Word after your signature appears. Then you can position it correctly.
With Adobe Acrobat Professional:
  • In Autograph, go to preferences and check save to desktop and select PNG format.
    In the PDF in Acrobat, select the TouchUp Object Tool (Tools - Advanced Editing), right click on a blank space, and select "Place Image."
    Navigate to desktop, choose PNG as type of image, choose your image, "autograph.png."
With PDFPen:
  • PDFPen just works. It's an intuitive experience, with no surprises. Highly recommended. For multipage PDFs, click on the page where you want the signature in the main view before launching Autograph.

How can I insert a signature into GMail web interface?

First, you must enable inline images in GMail.   Read all about that here.   After that's settled, you'll see a picture icon in the toolbar when you start to compose an email.   Make sure Autograph Helper is configured to save to your desktop.   Click the image icon in GMail, and choose the new image on your desktop, Autograph.png.

Fully Compatible Programs

Pages, Keynote, Acrobat, Mail, iChat, Numbers, Word 2008, Excel 2008, Entourage, Stickies, PDFPen, SeaMonkey, Outlook (as recipient)

Why isn't Autograph working?

First, make sure your computer is compatible. It needs to be running Leopard (10.5) or Snow Leopard (10.6), as well as Autograph Helper.

Any Suggestions for MS Word?

It's often helpful to change the image wrapping to "in front of text" in Word after your signature appears. Then you can position it correctly, and sometimes it keeps the signature from showing up white instead of black.

Will the signature stand up in court?

We do not claim any legal consequence of electronically signing a document by using Autograph. We feel the signature capture function of Autograph provides good Signer Authentication (i.e. it is difficult for another person to reproduce), but it does not attempt to authenticate the document being signed.   For example, a signature could be inserted into a PDF document, and the document could be later revised while retaining the signature.

For legal purposes, we recommend using a digital asymmetrical key encryption system to generate a hash result that will guarantee the document has not been altered. This should satisfy nearly any legal requirement.

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