Death to the Fax Machine

One would hope in this digital age, which is supposed to make life easier, that there would be a better way to fill out and return forms.  The other day I had to sign a contract.  This meant I had to print it, sign it, scan it, and email it back.  I figured there must be a better way.  Researching recent releases, I found a solution.  Last week, LifeForms Creative LLC released a free PDF form editor that allows you to open a PDF form, enter text and signatures, and email it back, all from your iPad.  Can we say goodbye to paper for good? Read on for my impressions.

LifeForms is a simple, elegant PDF editor specializing in filling out forms.  The forms can be emailed or imported from iTunes.  Information can be entered as text blocks or copy and pasted from Contacts.  Signatures can also be placed on documents.  You can write your signature using your finger, although a stylus would obviously be helpful.  The resulting signature reminded me of when I have to electronically sign for a credit card receipt which is then laughingly compared to my driver’s license.

There are a few shortcomings.  Font size and style is set and cannot be changed.  Signatures cannot be resized either.  I zoomed in on the page which helped, but still ended up re-writing the signature to make it fit the space.  It crashed and it was a bit slow at times.   While I give the app high marks for simplicity and ease of use, an app with such limited features should be crash and bug free before release.

Category: Productivity
Released: Nov 2, 2010
Version: 1.0
Size: 2.7 MB
Requirements: Compatible with iPad.  OS 3.2 or later
Rating: 6/10

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