Online Signature Plugin from GroupDocs Now Available for Google Chrome

Google Chrome users have a reason to get excited. We've announced the launch of the GroupDocs Signature plugin for Chrome. This online signature plugin lets you share documents from your Gmail account and collect signatures online. Open the document, upload the signature and send it via email. It takes only seconds to sign documents. Compatibility with popular file-formats is an important feature of the application. GroupDocs Signature is an online signature app that supports signing and sending business documents through a web-browser. No new software installations are needed.

GroupDocs Signature makes your online signature process simpler

GroupDocs Signature makes your online signature process simpler

Save time and streamline the signature process using GroupDocs Signature.

GroupDocs Signature - An Online Signature App

GroupDocs Signature makes applying an online signature to documents a simple process. GroupDocs Signature requires only an internet connection and browser to function so you can sign documents instantly from your desk.

When you have a document that needs to be signed, add customized fields that the signers complete when signing to capture personal and date information. Track the status of pending documents and automate the follow-up process. Set reminders to inform signers that they have not signed the document.

Document signing is secure and meets the industry standards for data storage. A wide range of formats are supported so it works for all kinds of companies.

GroupDocs' online signature service helps reduce overheads, automate document processing, and create a paperless environment.

Online Signature App - Benefits

Paperless signing of contracts, NDAs or other business documents has become an integral part of many organizations processes. Conventional signing methods are becoming obsolete as they result in increased expenditure (fax, courier or mail) and create delays in workflow. GroupDocs Signature offers various features that can be integrated with daily tasks to increase productivity. Section-specific signing ensures that different signers can collaborate on a document. Some of the benefits of using GroupDocs Signature are:

  • Collect data: create single-line or multi-line fields in documents before sending them out.
  • Protect documents: apply watermarks.
  • Save time: manage contacts and documents.
  • Let the process look after itself: set reminders and receive instant notifications.
  • Use any document type: sign Word, Excel, PDF and other files.
  • Speed up the signature round-trip: send email and collect signatures online.
  • Sign in any role: store signatures and re-use them for different documents.

Installation and Usage

Installation and usage of GroupDocs Signature plugin is super cool. Please refer to this blog or online help for details.

Sign documents online and attach them automatically to your Gmail

Sign documents online and attach them automatically to your Gmail

Why GroupDocs Signature?

Technology advancements in recent years has made businesses collaborate faster than ever. Sharing and sending documents for signature the traditional way was a cumbersome task. Documents we couriered, faxed or mailed. With such an unstructured flow, optimum utilization was not met. GroupDocs' online signature application overcomes delays and provides solutions to manage tasks effectively. GroupDocs Signature is a software and platform independent tool that runs in a browser. The process is straight-forward: upload a document, add fields to it, and invite partners to sign documents online. Signers can access documents, and sign documents in multiple ways (upload, draw or scan). When documents are signed, instant notifications are sent to both parties.

Collect signatures online and make the signature process smooth and effective with GroupDocs Signature. Organizations operating in different verticals can leverage the benefits of an e-signature service that can have measurable impact on business operations. Global teams can collaborate and sign different sections of a document. Data is safe and secured since all documents are encrypted.

Want to see how it works? Just try the demo now. Learning is easy and within minutes you understand the flow.

We appreciate and value our customers' feedback. Your suggestions can help us improve and deliver products and services effectively. Chat online or post feedback or queries on the GroupDocs Forum.

How to Streamline Your Document Signing Using Online Signature?

A steady document signing process is the back bone of any contract-oriented organization. Conventional signing process leaves you with piles of signed documents, difficult to handle and archive. Also, the documents are passed around different departments, either getting lost or eating up too much time delaying the signing process. Online signature is the answer to all these concerns.

Save your time and effort with GroupDocs’ online signature

Say good bye to lost signed documents and tons of paper piling up in your office! Embrace GroupDocs Signature, an efficient online signature service, to streamline your entire signing process. GroupDocs’ online signature service lets you easily prepare & send documents to signers, and collect signatures online.

Get peace of mind by tracking the signing process

Track the document signing process from a centralized location. As soon as the documents are signed, they are automatically archived and available for retrieval when required. This completely avoids the chance of documents getting lost in mountains of signed contracts. In addition, there is no need to follow up your signers regularly through phone calls or emails. You can simply set a reminder while creating a new envelope (while preparing the document for signature) so that the signers get notifications automatically till the reminder expires.

Efficient work flow walks you through the entire process

The work flow for preparing the documents for signing and sending it is so simple that even novice people can do it without the help of any documentation. GroupDocs Signature walks you through the entire process step by step. The workflow is designed in such a way that you go to the next step only after finishing the present one. This will make sure that you perform the process correctly.

Procedure for preparing and sending a document for online signature

Now, lets see the simple steps for preparing a document for e-signature and sending them out to collect signatures:

  1. Go to Signature dashboard and start creating a new envelope.
  2. Step 1 - Choose a File:

    Here you have three options to choose a file. Use one of them to select your preferred document:

    1. Drag and drop the file in the DROP FILES HERE area.
    2. Use the Upload button and select a file from your computer.
    3. Use the Add from Library button to select a file from your GroupDocs repository.
  3. Step 2 - Add Recipients:

    • Add your signers or recipients here.
  4. Step 3 - Add Info (optional):

    • Add more details to the envelope. You can also add a watermark to your documents. This step is optional.
  5. Step 4 - Add Reminders (optional):

    • Add reminder, deadline and document expiry in this step. This too is optional.
  6. Step 5 - Add Fields:

    • Drag and drop fields to the required location on the uploaded document.
  7. Step 6 - Summary (optional):

    • Review the envelope one final time and send the document to the signer(s).
    • The signers can then easily sign documents online just using a browser. Type, draw, or upload the signature.

All related partied are notified as soon as the documents are signed.
Stay tuned for a step-by-step video tutorial on how to prepare and send a document for online signature, it's in the pipeline. So why wait! go green with this efficient e-signature service.

GroupDocs Apps v2.3 – Features and Fixes

We’ve implemented a few new features as well as fixed some major and minor bugs lately. Let’s have a detailed look:

GroupDocs Annotation

Features Implemented

  • Major
    • [ANNOTATION-194] Annotation v.2. The resizing of Typewriter text fields and Watermarks
    • [ANNOTATION-195] Annotation v.2.Text color selection for Typewriter text fields and Watermarks
    • [ANNOTATION-196] Embedded application header customization feature
    • [ANNOTATION-197] Embedded application toolbar customization
    • [ANNOTATION-199] Custom cursors for embedded annotation tools configuration
    • [ANNOTATION-182] Full synchronization of Annotation instances
    • [ANNOTATION-201] Proper error-handling in embedded applications
    • [ANNOTATION-198] Embedded application real-time mode configuration
  • Minor
    • [ANNOTATION-176] Each new user should have a different default colour
    • [ANNOTATION-191] Annotation v.2. New icons and cursors.
    • [ANNOTATION-216] Annotation v.2. The annotation icons panel should have the correct scroll position set before it is shown

Bugs fixed

  • Critical:
    • [ANNOTATION-185] Annotation reply date is incorrect for replies posted by a collaborator
    • [ANNOTATION-203] Annotation v.2. The mouse position is set imprecisely on receivers when being broadcasted in the real-time mode
    • [ANNOTATION-206] Annotation v.2. Annotation lines remain pushed down after the annotation that pushed them down was deleted
    • [ANNOTATION-207] Annotation v.2. Connecting lines for annotations redraw after collapsing the RHS panel, creating a gap while the panel is collapsing
    • [ANNOTATION-208] Annotation v.2. Touches don't work on iPhone
    • [ANNOTATION-190] Export with annotations is not working
    • [ANNOTATION-193] Annotation v.2. Full synchronization does not work on iPhone
    • [ANNOTATION-200] Annotation v.1. SignalR gives the error "TypeError: annotationsHub is undefined"
    • [ANNOTATION-212] Annotation v.2. Area annotation marker movements are not broadcasted.
    • [ANNOTATION-214] Too many thumbnails are loaded initially for documents with many pages
    • [ANNOTATION-217] Annotation v.1. Point annotations can't be created
    • [ANNOTATION-210] Annotation v.2. Touches don't work on iPhone for the header buttons
  • Major:
    • [ANNOTATION-204] Annotation v.2. SignalR connection sometimes breaks in the real-time mode
    • [ANNOTATION-205] Annotation v.2. Markers and their lines are not redrawn when the browser window is resized
    • [ANNOTATION-213] Annotation v.2. Annotation lines remain short after activating an annotation and collapsinbg the RHS panel.
    • [ANNOTATION-215] Thumbnail progress spinners hang at the middle of the thumbnails panel
    • [ANNOTATION-219] Annotation v.2. Typewriter text field movements are not broadcasted.
  • Minor
    • [ANNOTATION-147] Typewriter change color doesn't work
    • [ANNOTATION-162] Disabled view permission should disable others
    • [ANNOTATION-187] Text selections and strikeouts are above typewriter fields (z order)
    • [ANNOTATION-188] Annotation v.2. When adding a new annotation, the comments panel should expand, switch to Comments tab, and then focus the comment field
    • [ANNOTATION-209] Annotation v.2. Annotation icons in the icons panel scrolling with lags in Chrome
    • [ANNOTATION-218] Annotation v.2. Document size is not changed when an annotation is activated and the RHS panel was collapsed

GroupDocs Viewer

Features Implemented

  • Minor
    • [WEB-337] Embedded application header customization feature

Bugs fixed

  • Minor
    • [WEB-338] Yes/No buttons position in Viewer tools

GroupDocs Assembly

Features Implemented

  • Minor
    • [DA-141] Output folder and email address options on the settings page
    • [DA-143] Generic answer option for single choice questions

Bugs fixed

  • Major:
    • [DA-142] Document upload through drag & drop area fails

GroupDocs Signature

Features Implemented

  • [SIGN-852] Audit log for envelopes in signature 2
  • [SIGN-843] Signature 2: Click on delete icon for field, selects the field
  • [SIGN-842] Signature 2: In step 5, allow resizing selected field with Ctrl+arrow key
  • [SIGN-841] Signature 2: In step 5, allow switching between fields with tab
  • [SIGN-833] Draft envelope deletion in signature 2 envelope dashboard
  • [SIGN-832] Signature 2: Forms dashboard
  • [SIGN-829] Signature 2: In envelopes dashboard, click on envelope should perform same action as click on the view icon
  • [SIGN-828] Signature 2: In envelopes dashboard, when clicking on a recipient, display a popup with embed link for copy
  • [SIGN-824] Hide the Signature 2 form the main button, and add a banner in Signature 1 app for trying out the Signature 2
  • [SIGN-822] Signature 2: In step 2, completion functionality for quickly selection from the contacts
  • [SIGN-803] Signature 2: Templates dashboard
  • [SIGN-802] Signature 2: Signatures dashboard
  • [SIGN-848] Demo application using .NET signature SDK


  • [SIGN-846] Log the client IP and display it for each signer in final signed document
  • [SIGN-836] Integrate latest design changes in envelope create wizard
  • [SIGN-834] Add referrer check for the signature demo
  • [SIGN-860] - When envelope has only one document, the envelope.documents.get API method should return the signed pdf not an archive
  • [SIGN-898] - Signature 2: Signing screen, add validation for the placed field
  • [SIGN-899] - Signature 2: Add sammyjs in the envelope wizard
  • [SIGN-907] - Signature 2: Wizard: In the summary step show list of fields per document and recipient
  • [SIGN-908] - Signature 2: Apply latest design changes in envelopes dashboard
  • [SIGN-909] - Signature 2: Embedded forms signing do not show next marker
  • [SIGN-910] - Signature 1: Update the embedded signing screen for forms
  • [SIGN-931] - In signing screen, when envelope has more than one recipients, show hint for the fields that do not belong to the signing recipient
  • [SIGN-932] - Show visual feedback during envelope signing
  • [SIGN-915] - Attach signed documents when send final notification email to all recipients
  • [SIGN-837] - Integrate step5 design in the create envelope wizard
  • [SIGN-857] - Implement archived envelopes in signature 2
  • [SIGN-861] - Implement create form wizard in signature 2
  • [SIGN-877] - Implement signature 2 sign screen
  • [SIGN-880] - Implement signature 2 archived forms view
  • [SIGN-887] - Signature 2 Forms: Apply latest design changes in forms dashboard and archived forms
  • [SIGN-862] - Integrate step1 in create form wizard
  • [SIGN-863] - Integrate step2 in create form wizard
  • [SIGN-875] - Integrate step 3 in create form wizard
  • [SIGN-878] - Integrate step 4 in create form wizard
  • [SIGN-879] - Integrate step 5 in create form wizard
  • [SIGN-883] - Watermark settings in step 2
  • [SIGN-896] - Signature 1 embedded signing changes
  • [SIGN-900] - Signature 2: Embedded forms signing
  • [SIGN-918] - Ensure that in signature all images for a documents are loaded from the S3 storage if set so

Bugs fixed

  • [SIGN-853] When envelope is signed from embeddable view, the notification to callback url is not sent
  • [SIGN-845] Signature 2: Placeholder of the search inputs in contacts are not visible
  • [SIGN-844] Signature 2: In envelope wizard the use can't return to previous step if the current step is not valid
  • [SIGN-838] With direct URL the user can go to the create envelop wizard even for envelopes that are not draft
  • [SIGN-820] SignalR issues in signature, comparison, conversion
  • [SIGN-821] Fix buttons tooltips in signature 2 step 1
  • [SIGN-823] Fix buttons tooltips in signature 2 wizard step 2 for edit, delete recipient
  • [SIGN-859] - If user is logged in and visit the embed signature - he can't see the fields in the document and can't sign
  • [SIGN-865] - Add regex validation dropdown in field settings area in signature 2
  • [SIGN-866] - Add default values for font name, font size, font color on add envelope field
  • [SIGN-867] - Send email notifications in signature do not respect the IsAlertsEnabled settings of the user account
  • [SIGN-868] - Signature 2 Wizard: Step2: While editing an recipient, hide the add recipient area as well as edited recipient row
  • [SIGN-869] - Make all validation messages dynamic (show/hide while user typing)
  • [SIGN-870] - Signature2 Wizard: Step 3 can continue with empty envelope name
  • [SIGN-871] - Signature 2 Wizard: Step 5: No validation for the field name.
  • [SIGN-872] - Signature 2 Wizard: Step 5: Implement Reset Fields functionality
  • [SIGN-873] - Signature 2 Wizard: Step 5: Move the documents and recipients drop-downs above the fields toolbar
  • [SIGN-874] - Signature 2 Wizard: Step 5: If there are no at least one field for each recipient and document do not allow user to go to next step nor to send the envelope
  • [SIGN-876] - The signature should not exit the cell on the summary page of the signed document
  • [SIGN-881] - Update the signature 1 embed signing
  • [SIGN-885] - Signature 1 embedded, click next do not stop on signature and checkbox field
  • [SIGN-886] - Signature 2: Forms, load only the data needed for the active tab
  • [SIGN-888] - Signature 2: Step 5: Field settings could not be saved
  • [SIGN-889] - Signature 2: Step 5: Adding items for drop down field do not work
  • [SIGN-890] - Signature 2: Step5: The pressing the tab key should cycle between fields
  • [SIGN-891] - Signature 2: Step 5: Esc key press should deactivate selected field and close field settings area.
  • [SIGN-892] - Public download signed documents do not return correct response
  • [SIGN-893] - Cannot edit signature
  • [SIGN-894] - Signature 2. Create form from template doesn't work
  • [SIGN-895] - Signature 2: Forms, fields settings doesn't work correctly as well as drop-down list management
  • [SIGN-897] - Signature 2: Step 4: Can't reorder selected fields for creating file name
  • [SIGN-901] - Signature 2: User should not be able to modify only fields for selected recipient in fields preparation screen in the wizard
  • [SIGN-902] - Signature 2: In the wizard the user can go to step "summary" without any fields set
  • [SIGN-903] - Signature 2: In the fields step there is a problem with the shift+tab switching of the fields
  • [SIGN-904] - Signature 2: Fields step: The date field do not have format settings
  • [SIGN-905] - Signature 2: Fields step: Exclude date formats from the format settings for single and multi-line fields
  • [SIGN-906] - Signature 2: Fields step: Tab and Shift+Tab should cycle only between fields for the selected recipient
  • [SIGN-911] - Signature 2: Forms: In embedded signing, the ordering of the fields is not correct
  • [SIGN-912] - Signature 2: Forms: Clicking on the form row in the dashboard should perform the default action
  • [SIGN-913] - Signature 2: Forms: In dashboard, add "Download all" action for the completed forms
  • [SIGN-914] - Forms: Embedded signing, do not load data for the filled fields on reload
  • [SIGN-916] - Signature 2: Forms: In the wizard, creating new field location doesn't work
  • [SIGN-917] - Signature 2: Forms: In step 3 in the wizard, the tab/shift+tab do not work correctly
  • [SIGN-920] - Signature 2: Envelope wizard step1, sometimes do not show documents even if the envelope has documents
  • [SIGN-921] - Loading signature documents from amazon s3 storage
  • [SIGN-922] - Signature 2: Do not show error message if something went wrong during the API call
  • [SIGN-923] - Signature 2: In sign envelope screen, when start entering data for a field, the whole field move down few pixels
  • [SIGN-924] - Signature 2: Tab, Shift+ Tab should move between fields
  • [SIGN-925] - Signature 2: Signing screen, if document has more than one page, on scrolling down the pages after fist page didn't load
  • [SIGN-926] - Signature 2: In sign envelope screen, the thumbnails side bar do not work
  • [SIGN-928] - Adding fields for a user with role CC should not be possible
  • [SIGN-930] - Signature 2: When performing Save as draft, the owner of the envelope is added
  • [SIGN-933] - Signature 1: Switching recipient role in the envelope preparation wizard doesn't work
  • [SIGN-934] - Envelope ModifyFieldLocation Api method doesn't work
  • [SIGN-936] - Select all checkbox in signature 2 dashboards (envelopes, forms, archived forms) doesn't work correctly
  • [SIGN-937] - Signature 2: Envelope wizard step2: Add from contacts do not show any contacts in the popup

GroupDocs Comparison

Features Implemented

  • [DOCOMPARE-200] Embeddable comparison result
  • [DOCOMPARE-195] Comparison 2 viewer
  • [DOCOMPARE-197] Comparison 2: User workflow changes, add ability to start new comparison
  • [DOCOMPARE-206] Embed button in comparison 2

Bugs fixed

  • [DOCOMPARE-194][DOCOMPARE-201] Comparison of two doc file fails
  • [DOCOMPARE-208] Fixing issues in comparison 2 embed link generation and showing
  • [DOCOMPARE-205] Can't load the output document after comparison is completed and the UI is blocked
  • [DOCOMPARE-204] After first comparison, the GetChanges method is called many times
  • [DOCOMPARE-203] Doc files comparison fails when in the source or target has attached template
  • [DOCOMPARE-202] Doc files comparison fails when there are embed images and ole objects
  • [DOCOMPARE-196] Download result do not work in comparison 2


Features Implemented

  • Major
    • [CORE-823] Pricing plans update
    • [CORE-834] Document split and view commands for the Conversion service
  • Minor
    • [CORE-830] Output folder and email address job options

Bugs fixed

  • Minor
    • [CORE-805] -1 Users
    • [CORE-822] Google Cloud redirect is interrupted after submitting popup
    • [CORE-654] Thumbnail for DOC file on share screen


Bugs fixed

  • Critical:
    • [CORE-828] File move/copy operations do not work on the dashboard
  • Minor
    • [CORE-800] File/folder context menu is visible through delete confirm dialog


Features Implemented

  • [CORE-818] File storage synchronization service integration
  • [CORE-824] Migration to the latest Banckle Billing platform
  • [CORE-835] Google Cloud. Cannot create folder
  • [CORE-826] Subscription plan purchase response extension
  • [SIGN-825] Webhook notification for signature API
  • [SIGN-847] Create envelope from a document in the API
  • [SIGN-826][SIGN-851] Changes in envelope.send method
  • [SIGN-850] Changes in envelope.recipient resource
  • [SIGN-827] Send webhook notification when all recipients signed the envelope

Bugs fixed

  • [CORE-861] Number of users is not updated for Enterprise subscriptions
  • [CORE-872] Free space is improperly calculated on documents upload
  • [CORE-634] Document viewing service concurrency problem
  • [CORE-808] GetQuestionnaireExecutions returns null in questionnaire_guid
  • [CORE-809] GetQuestionnaires always returns empty questionnaires array
  • [CORE-810] UpdateQuestionnaireExecution doesn't update executive/approver/owner
  • [CORE-812] Typo in Swagger documentation for AddQuestionnaireCollector
  • [CORE-814] UpdateQuestionnaireMetadata returns 0 in questionnaire_id
  • [CORE-815] UpdateQuestionnaireMetadata doesn't actually update metadata
  • [CORE-825] The checkDocumentOwnership flag allows an API user to convert files indefinitely
  • [CORE-827] Document viewing fails when splitting is not possible
  • [CORE-836] Google Cloud. Folder is shown like file
  • [CORE-829] Document upload fails for the root folder

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Working with Groupdocs Signature API from Ruby

Today we will find out how to use GroupDocs' Ruby SDK. We will create a GroupDocs Signature envelope sample with the Sinatra framework. GroupDocs Signature envelopes are used to prepare documents for digital signature and managing the signature process.

Setting Up

First, create the application folders structure:

  • your_app/public – for CSS files.
  • your_app/samples – for sample files.
  • your_app/views – for view files, we will use Haml for these.

Also we need to create a Gemfile in our project's root directory with the following content:

Writing the Application

Lets start our application. Create app.rb file with following content:

  • Lines 1-3 requires the Sinatra framework, GroupDocs SDK and haml for our views.
  • Lines 5-7 creates our first root with a view named index.haml. By default, Sinatra looks for view files in views directory.
  • Line 13 includes all Ruby files from the samples directory.

Now lets work on the views. Create a parent layout file called layout.haml.

It is really easy to work with HTML using Haml.
Find out more about Haml.
Here's anonline tool for converting HTML to Haml.
Note that in Haml, you don't have to close tags and indents are very important!

“= yield” is where child templates are included.

In index.haml you'll see an h1 header, div container and ul list with one list element that links to our envelope sample:

You can add any HTML attribute like this: {:your_attribute => “your attribute value”}.

The Starting Point

Before creating the envelope sample, lets look at what we have.

To avoid problems with starting the application, use rvm. (This article explains how to install rvm.)

Now install a local bundle by typing this command in a terminal, while in the app directory:

If it is installed already, use this command:

And now you could start the application:

In the terminal, you will see something like this:

Terminal - Terminal massages after starting Sinatra server

Terminal - Terminal massages after starting Sinatra server

Open in you browser with the URL http://localhost:4567/ and you will see the following:

Index page - Index page of our app without CSS

Index page - Index page of our app without CSS

Add a little CSS in public/css directory:

Re-load the page and you will see:

Index page with CSS - After adding CSS the page looks like this

Index page with CSS - After adding CSS the page looks like this

Creating the Envelope Example

Lets create envelope_sample.haml in your views directory with the following content:

We have created a form that sends the ClientID, PrivateKey and the file to be signed.

Now write the Ruby code that handles the get and post request as the file envelope-sample.rb in samples directory:

We have created one GET and one POST request.

Extending the POST Request

Lets extend post request and use the GroupDocs API:

1. Configuring GroupDocs SDK.

2. Upload document.

3. Create envelope.

4. Add document to envelope.

5. Update document object after it's created.

6. Add new recipient to envelope.

7. Update recipient object after it's created.

8 (Optional).  By default, fields for signing are created automatically, but you can add fields manually.

9. Send envelope with callback URL.

10. Construct embedded signature URL for views.

11. Add local vars for the view.

12. Add code for handling exeptions.

Handling a Callback

Lets handle the callback:

1. First, wait for callback and create a text file with parameters that the server sent to us:

2. We can also wait for a callback and download the signed envelope as ZIP file.

3. Create route to check if callback was sent:

Check the file that was created in /envelope-sample/sign

The Complete Code

The final code of the sample looks like this:

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