While using Adobe Acrobat on my iPad recently, I noticed under the home icon, a tab called “Fill & Sign.” When tapping on it, the “free Adobe Fill & Sign app” is offered to turn digital files or paper documents into forms you can fill, sign and send electronically. This short video by Adobe shows the app in use on a Mac. You can learn more about the app here.
Although the app is free, it appears one needs the Adobe Cloud service to get the use out of the app. The service has a cost of a about 15$ per month and includes Acrobat Pro DC that allows you to manipulate, edit, read, mark up, OCR and more your PDFs.
The app allows you to fill in forms, including one’s that you take a picture of to send your completed form to others. It may be necessary to import certain electronic forms from another app such as Word or Pages. Adobe’s Help page provides details about the process of using the feature in Acrobat and adding information to your profile.
Once the information such as name, address, email, and phone number is added, you can easily call it up and use it to fill in parts of forms.
You can add other notations like “x”, dots, check marks, circles, etc. to forms.
You can even add a custom signature that you make using your mouse and apply it to the form.
The How-To Guide describes the process as follows:
- Within Acrobat, open a PDF file or click on the Create PDF tool in the right pane to convert your document to PDF.
- Click on the Fill & Sign tool in the right pane.
- Click on the text insertion tool in the toolbar at the top of the page, and then type on your form. Use the pop-up menu to change type size or save your data to use it again in the future, if desired.
- Click Sign in the toolbar at the top of the page.
- Draw or type your signature, or use an image.
- Click Apply and place the signature on your form.
- Click Send & Track in the right pane to send your form to others and get notified when recipients view it.
The key features described by the developer include:
– Scan paper forms with your camera or open a file from email
– Import files from your favorite cloud storage provider
– Tap to enter text or checkmarks in form fields
– Fill forms faster with reusable text from your autofill collection
– Easily create your signature with your finger or a stylus
– Apply your signature or initials to documents
– Save forms and send to others via email
– Export completed forms and store in the cloud
So, if you are looking for a way to expand the use of Adobe Acrobat DC and to electronically deal with forms, this app may provide you and your business a good option.