When on your mac, and looking to electronically sign documents, Nitro has the instructions and the tools for you to get the job done easily.
It’s happened all too often for Mac users. They want to do something very simple—such as a transaction with a client—only to be told that it would work much better if “they were on PC.” But this is the 21st century. What good is some technology unless it works on all platforms? After all, Mac users comprise about 15% of all operating systems with desktop computers. With mobile Apple products such as the iPhone or iPad, the statistics can be even more mind-boggling.
The good news is that if you use an effective electronic signature platform, you won’t have to worry about compatibility issues. That’s true with Nitro Sign, for example. Our web-based signatures let you access the same essential steps no matter what operating system you’re using.
Even so, it doesn’t hurt to have a few ideas of how to get started. It’s time to go beyond a piece of paper and learn how to sign documents in the digital age. Below, we’ll take you step-by-step through the process of signing your electronic contracts the right way—on any operating system.
How to Use Your Mac Devices to Sign an Electronic Document
Picture this: someone you’re working with used Nitro to send over a business document that you have to sign. If you’ve struggled with e-signature software before, you might find your eyes rolling. What will you have to sign up for? What old passwords will you have to remember?
Fortunately, the other party picked Nitro, which means the process will be straightforward. Let’s break it down into small, bite-sized pieces.
- Open your email. If the sender used Nitro, they can simply add you as a signature on the document, along with your email address. This will automatically send you an email, which will contain a nice, bright, bold orange CTA that looks like this. Go ahead and tap Sign the document.
- If the sender enabled Two-Factor Authorization, you may have to enter the security code they provided you. This is optional for the sender, and will create an additional page for the user.
- Review the agreement.
- If you agree to the contract, you can enter your signature and date right away. Tap Signature to fill that in, and then tap the field for Date to enter today’s date. Simple!
- Tap Submit.
Voila. You’re done. At this point, the rest is automatic; the sender will receive your signed version, while you’ll receive a copy as well. One key point: if you want to read through everything you’ve ever signed with Nitro, then you can sign up for an account that lets you review your old documents through our storage.
A Mac device will work just as well as an Android device for this process, and vice versa. All you really need is an application to browse the web and access your email. Nitro will help handle the rest.
How to Use a Mac to Initiate an Electronic Signature Request
Of course, not every transaction will be as simple as signing the work that someone else has done. You may have to create your own contracts. If this is the case, you’re also going to be the one requesting signatures.
Good thing we thought of that, too. The key point here is that you’ll want to make things just as easy on your contract signers as possible. And that means using a process like what you just read about above. Here’s how Nitro makes it work from the sender’s perspective.
- Sign in to your existing Nitro account. Yes, for this part, you will need an account—after all, we need to know who’s sending the contracts! Fortunately, you don’t have to commit just yet. You can use our Try for Free option if you want to test this out for yourself.
- Upload your PDF document. You can then Select it from the main dashboard. This is the PDF that you want someone else to sign. Don’t worry about specific signatures or dates just yet; we’ll fill those out soon. You can even use a scanner to upload a document.
- Click Request Signature. It will look like this on the toolbar:
- This will open up a window that lets you enter two basic fields: the name and email address of the recipient who’s supposed to sign the document. Enter in their name and email address. Note that they don’t have to sign up to Nitro to be able to sign, whether they’re on a Mac or Android device. It only requires these two fields on your part.
- Next, we have to show the recipients where to sign. And only you can answer that. Here’s what you do. After you’ve entered the name and address, you’ll notice a menu pop up (pictured). Drag the Signature field to the appropriate place, followed by the Date field.
- Tap Continue. If you want, you can customize an email message here, but it’s not required.
- Tap Request Signature. This is the final step that will send the contract out to the email addresses you included. Just like that, you’ve sent off a contract for the intended recipients.
Handling an Electronic Signature on Mac Devices
At first, the idea of using PDFs and contracts via Mac devices might sound a little intimidating. After all, you might not even have a solid hold on your own internal documents, let alone the contracts you share with others. How are you possibly going to organize everything when you can’t even manage your own inbox?
The truth is, signing up for an account with Nitro means you’ll have one place for everything. You can upload, save, review, and request a digital signature for your documents and know exactly where you left everything. But there are more advantages than organization, including the following:
- Convenience. Have you ever tried to get multiple parties to sign a document when you had to do everything by print? It can feel like herding cats. With Nitro, you can simply fill out the parties who need to sign the document, add their email addresses, and tap Request Signatures to make this happen with ease. And once you’ve done that, you’ll receive notifications when the contract has been signed and returned. There, it will end up in your account. It’s that easy.
- Two-factor authorization. Want to protect the confidentiality of your agreements? Nitro is a secure portal to use, but you can always add some protection if you want. We include an optional two-factor authorization process, in which the recipient enters a four-digit code to ensure that it’s them. This will help you to keep all contracts confidential, even though you’re using a web-based portal to handle them. Think of it as the best of both worlds.
Making Adding Signatures the Easiest Part of Your Day
If you found yourself googling “How to add an electronic signature on Mac devices,” it’s fair to say that technical know-how can sometimes be an obstacle to getting business done. The good news is that it’s possible to create documents or add your signature to a document with ease. You simply have to know where to go.
That’s where we come in. Nitro provides you with everything you need to simplify the process and get it down to a science. By the time you’re signed up, you’ll find that gathering signatures from remote workers and businesses across the world can be much easier than you thought. And if you have a Mac device, why not sign up for a free trial of Nitro just to see what it’s all about?