Cool Apps: Sign and send documents right from your phone

Picture it: You're sitting in your car in traffic trying desperately to meet your client on time at the house she's interested in. You check your email and realize you forgot to sign one page of a document that's part of another client's offer. Do you panic? No. Not if you have an app for that. The latest to hit the iTunes app store is called Sign-N-Send. It's a program for use with iPhones and iPads that enables you to open documents and sign them right from your phone's touch screen (or iPad's touch screen), then send them out to wherever they need to go.

Crisis averted. (Unless of course you did all this while traffic was moving and ended up in an accident.)

Sign-N-Send works with PDFs or Microsoft documents. Say you get a document via email – while inside your email program you can choose to open it in Sign-N-Send. Then you simply zoom in on the area where you need to sign, then sign, save and email it back.

Sign-N-Send can save you time and paper because now you don't have to print out documents in order to first sign them, then scan and send back. Now you can just grab your iPhone or iPad and do it the 21st century way.

The app costs $1.99 in the iTunes App Store, but also has a free version. The only difference is that the free version inserts an advertisement on the first page of every generated document. (So it might be worth springing the two bucks if you're going to use this with clients.)

As we move into 2011, I suspect we'll see a lot more apps like this one designed for more mobility, productivity and to cut out paper-laden steps like printing and scanning. If you've seen an app you think works well for real estate professionals' needs, let me know in the comments here so I can look into it for future articles.