With our world becoming more digital than ever, several tasks which needed an in-person participation can be done well online too including things like reviewing and signing documents. Google Docs is gearing up to provide its workspace individual users with its own native eSignature support.
According to a report by Android Police, Docs will allow the users to call for an electronic signature from someone in the document. The feature will enable the task accomplishment basis two new fields- a “signature” field for actually signing the document, and a “date signed” field to record when a signature is given.
The search engine giant explained that businesses run by individuals, “like event planner or digital creator” may find it a challenge to be all the time aware of the “contracts and customer agreements that need to be signed as you’re constantly context switching and jumping between different apps to get work done.”
Google said, “that’s why we’re natively integrating eSignature in Google Docs, so you can quickly execute agreements from the familiar interface of Docs without having to switch tabs or apps.”
The company further said that eSignature in Google Docs is coming soon in Beta to Google Workspace Individual users and is the latest in a series of improvements announced for the subscription in the past year.
eSignature in Google Docs will be based on the same secure-by-design infrastructure and built-in protections Google uses for information security and data privacy.
The eSignature will help create agreements by collaborating on changes directly in Google Docs with comments and suggestions, there is no need to export the file to send a draft contract over email.
The user can add fields to documents. Within the familiar Google Docs interface, the user can easily drag and drop signature and date fields in branded documents you create.
Also, once all comments and suggestions are resolved, requesting a signature is as easy as sharing a file in Drive, said Google.
When ready to sign, the signee can easily add their signature there is no downloads needed. Once the signature is added, a completed PDF contract is emailed to both parties.
It enables monitoring and tracking of progress. The user can quickly see the status of pending signatures and easily find completed, signed contracts.
For signature workflows that need to be repeated regularly, the user can streamline the process by creating copies of existing contracts and then modifying as needed.