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Topaz Signature Capture Pads Are Windows 8 Compatible

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

Topaz Signature Capture PadsWith the release of Windows 8 this week, many customer are wondering if our Topaz signature capture pads (found here) are compatible. We are happy to announce that Topaz has extensively tested their signature pads with Windows 8 and have found no compatibility issues. This includes both 32 and 64 bit versions. Everything is running just like it does with Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7.

You should also be aware that Topaz tablets used to only be compatible with MS Office up to 2007, but it is now compatible with MS Office up to 2010. This compatibility makes it easy to quickly plug in a Topaz signature pad and get it up and running in just minutes. This makes it possible to quickly and easily insert signatures into MS Excel spreadsheets, MS Word and more.

Which signature capture pad is right for you? Topaz  offers a huge lineup of products depending on the lifespan you need, the signature area you need and more. Here are just a few features you may want to be aware of:

  • Self Inking Backlit Topaz SigLite LCD 4X3SigLite Series – The Topaz SigLite line of signature capture pads are the budget line. They still capture excellent quality signatures and have a 10,000-signature lifespan. The most popular SigLite we offer is the Topaz SigLite 1×5 found here. These are commonly used for legal signatures on a variety of documents including PDFs.
  • SignatureGem Series – The Topaz SignatureGem series of signature capture pads are the more robust line as they have a 250,000-signature lifespan. These pads are excellent for use in pharmacies and other high traffic locations where a lot of signatures are required on a daily basis. These tablets come in a wide range of sizes. The Topaz SignatureGem LCD 1×5 (found here) is one of our most popular models.
  • Self Inking – Many of our signature capture pads simply capture the signature, but sometimes it is necessary to see the signature on the pad itself. If you need to see the signature, you will need a self inking pad. These pads can be as simple as a 1″ x 5″ area for a signature or it can be a much larger area (depending on the model) where additional text and logos can be displayed.
  • Backlit – If you are trying to get signatures in a low-lit area, you may need a signature capture pad that is backlit. Backlit means the signature area glows, making it easy to see what’s going on. While this isn’t always necessary, it is a nice feature to have for your customer.

We offer over a dozen different types of Topaz signature capture pads. This includes models with a USB connection and models with a serial connection. All Topaz signature capture pads include software and developer tools are available for easy integration with other software and hardware applications. Please feel free to call us at 1-800-658-8788 with any questions. You can find our entire selection of signature capture pads here.

SigLite or SignatureGem? – Topaz Signature Capture Pads

Friday, March 2nd, 2012

Topaz Signature Capture PadsIf you are shopping around for a stand-alone digital signature capture pad that can be used with a computer, while creating legally binding signatures, you may want to consider a signature pad from Topaz (found here). Topaz signature capture pads are considered to be the best, bare none. With that in mind, should you use a SigLite or a SignatureGem?

Topaz signature capture pads are used by pharmacies, DMVs, government entities, offices, retailers (receipts) and more to create legally binding signatures on documents and other forms. They can be connected to a computer via USB or via a standard serial port (depending on the model). These pads can be integrated into Adobe for use with PDF documents, MS Word (up to 2007) and many other programs.

Topaz has this to say about their signature capture pads:

The Topaz approach to electronic documents and contracts with signatures is to mimic the tried-and-true methods of ink-on-paper contracts, documents, and authentication.  This is good news because all current state and federal digital handwritten signature regulations are based on the same approach.  One of the things that this means is that Topaz .sig data contains the original signature data and little else. A Topaz e-signature is original signature data bound in such a way that the signature can only be verified in the context of the original document.    We have designed the software so that document data including meaning and the identity of the signer stay as originally authored in the document. This allows compliance with FDA regulation 21 code, Part 11, section 11.50, and state regulations such as CA 220002(b)(4)(A) and (B). Systems which display and store meaning and identity information separately from the document appear to violate various government requirements.   By keeping traditional pen-and-paper document data where it belongs – in the document, the Topaz system avoids potential security and refutability problems that may plague other electronic signature systems.

While this may all sound complicated, it basically means that a signature generated on a Topaz signature pad is just as legally binding (and even more secure) than a signature on standard paper. Other capacitive and resistive capture devices (including phones, pads and tablets) don’t offer the legally binding capabilities or the security of a Topaz unit.

There are two main categories of Topaz digital signature pads. They are all solid units, but each are designed to meet the needs of different entities. These two categories are the SigLite and SignatureGem models. Here are the basic differences between the two:

Topaz SigLite 1 x 5 Signature Capture PadSigLite – The SigLite is the most basic signature capture pad Topaz offers. This pad comes in a wide variety of screen sizes and designs. Two of the most popular models include the Topaz SigLite 1 x 5 (found here) and the Topaz SigLiteLCD 1 X5 (found here). The LCD version of the SigLite includes an LCD screen that can display text, graphics and the signature as it is being made. The typical SigLite signature capture pad has a 10,000-signature lifespan. This makes the SigLite ideal for low to medium-volume use. This is more than enough capacity for most people. Bundled software is included with the SigLites. As is the case with Topaz pads, a developer kit is available, allowing the SigLite to be integrated into other systems.

Topaz SignatureGem 1 x 5 Signature Capture PadSignatureGem – The SignatureGem is the workhorse of the signature capture pad industry. These signature pads are designed for medium to high-volume signature capture volumes. The SignatureGems can be used to capture up to 250,000+ signatures, which is over 25 times the lifespan of a SigLite. As is the case with the SigLites, the SignatureGems come in a standard and an LCD version and most come with USB or standard serial connectivity. Popular models include the Topaz SignatureGem 1 x 5 (found here) and the Topaz SignatureGemLCD 1 x 5 (found here).

Both of these lines of signature capture devices feature both Windows and Linux support. Bundled software includes:

  • Support for Word, Excel, Access, Acrobat, Notes and Domino, HTML, Java, ASP, VB, VC++, Delphi, Images, Crystal Reports, etc.
  • Supported Windows Operating Systems: 95, 98, NT, ME, 2000, XP, Vista (32 & 64 bit), Windows 7 (32 & 64 bit)
  • Other Supported Operating Systems: Linux support using either the JAVA or the C++ Software Tool Kits.
  • Signature Encryption, Document Binding, Transaction Receipts

We sell these pads every day and our customers are very satisfied with the quality, the price and the ease-of-use. If you are considering going digital, or adding digital signature capabilities to your existing hardware or software, consider one of our Topaz devices. You can find our entire selection of Topaz signature capture pads here.

While these signature capture devices are pretty straightforward, you may have questions about how these can be used with your existing computers, software or hardware. Please feel free to call us at 1-800-658-8788 with those questions or post your question as a comment. I would love to hear from you.

Topaz SigLite SL T-S461 1X5 Signature Capture Pad Review

Thursday, February 3rd, 2011

Topaz SigLite SL T-S461 Electronic Signature Capture PadAre you in need of an effective and legal way to capture a patient, customer or client signature? One great way to do this is by using an electronic signature capture pad. One model that our customers like, and you may want to consider using, is the Topaz SigLite SL T-S461 1×5 signature capture pad (found here). This is my review.

To begin with, the Siglite SL line of electronic capture pads is designed to be compact and easy to set up. The SL actually stands for slim, measuring in at 0.20″ thick. These signature capture pads typically connect to a computer via a USB or traditional serial port.

The T-S461 has a 1″ x 5″ capture area that is large enough to accept most signatures. As the signature is made, the T-S461 captures that data and sends it to the computer. This particular signature pad is typically used with Adobe Acrobat PDF documents and MS Word documents.

The SigLite SL T-S461 includes a software plugin that allows it to be used with Adobe Acrobat and MS Word (currently up to MS Word 2007). It can also be used with a wide variety of other programs including Excel, Access, Notes and Domino, HTML, Java, ASP, VB, VC++, Delphi, Images, Crystal Reports, etc.

We also offer several software tools (found here) that allow the T-S461 to be integrated into your existing hardware / software.

The resolution on the T-S461 is impressive. The surface of this pad can capture up to 410 points of data per inch. These signatures, and the included software, make it possible to capture legally binding signatures that can be applied to contracts, agreements, legal documents and much more.

The screen of the T-S461 is designed to capture up to 10,000 signatures. This means the SigLite T-S461 is ideal for medium-volume use. If you need more than 10,000 signatures, you may want to consider going with the SignatureGem line of signature capture pads that are rated for high-volume use and can capture up to 250,000+ signatures during its lifespan.

Overall the T-S461 is a solid and very affordable signature capture pad that can be used for most electronic signature projects. The quality is as good as it gets. Depending on the use and volume of signatures, this pad should last for years.

You can find the Topaz SigLite SL T-S461 1×5 signature capture pad here. You can find our entire selection of electronic signature capture pads here.

Pharmacy Signature Capture Pads & Pen Tablets

Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

Pharmacy Signature Capture PadWe’ve all been to a pharmacy to pick up a prescription. What you may have noticed over the last 10 years is that more pharmacies are implementing digital signature capture pads. These pads allow customers and patients to digitally sign for their prescriptions. This creates less paperwork for the pharmacy and makes data easier to organize and manage. So what types of signature capture pads do pharmacies use?

One of the most common pads used today are those made by Topaz. Topaz signature capture pads are especially popular for use with pharmacies because they can be integrated into just about any system. This is due in part to the open architecture used by Topaz and the fact that developer kits are free and readily available.

Our line of Topaz signature capture pads are not only a hit with Pharmacies, but also with the medical industry in general. This is because Topaz signature pads can be used to put signatures in MS Word and Adobe PDF documents.

So what type of Topaz signature capture pad do most pharmacies use? There are 3 types of pads that seem to have become a huge hit.

  1. Standard Non-Inking Signature Pads – These are your basic signature pad. They are easy-to-use, capture the signature in seconds and are designed to last. The Topaz SigLite 1×5 is a good example of a standard non-inking signature pad.
  2. Self-Inking Signature Capture Pads – A self-inking signature pad is a pad that displays your signature as you sign the pad. This makes it easy for the customer to orientate where they are on the pad in relation to their signature. The SignatureGem 4×5 is a great example of a self-inking digital signature pad.
  3. LCD Backlit Signature Capture Pads – Backlit signature capture pads are often self inking. This makes the signature easy to see and are ideal for use in dark rooms. The SigLiteLCD 1×5 and the SignatureGem LCD 4X3 are great examples of LCD signature capture pads.

Ultimately the digital signature pad used will depend a lot on the signature pad size, durability, location and technology required by the pharmacy. You can find our entire selection of signature capture pads here.

Please feel free to call us at 1-800-658-8788 to speak with one of our digital signature capture pad specialists.

Use Topaz SigLite & SignatureGem with Adobe Acrobat PDF Documents

Monday, October 18th, 2010

Many people that purchase our signature capture pads need them for digitally signing documents. This is often for legally binding contracts and other similar digital paperwork. One of the most common ways of digitally creating, handling and signing documents is by using Adobe Acrobat in a PDF format.

We get asked on a frequent basis if our Topaz SigLite, SignatureGem and IDGem signature capture pads can be used with Adobe PDF documents for singing contracts and other documents. The answer to this is yes.

Topaz  Adobe Acrobate PDF Plugin for Signature Capture Pads

Topaz has created an Adobe Acrobat Plugin that can be installed on your computer, allowing the signature pads to digitally sign PDF documents. The plugin is easy to install and is included with our entire line of Topaz signature capture pads. It can be installed on Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7.

So there you have it. A quick, easy and affordable way to legally sign digital documents. You can find our entire line of Topaz signature capture pads, tablets and pens here. If you still have questions about using a Topaz signature pad with Adobe, feel free to call one of our experts at 1-800-658-8788.

Topaz Electronic Signature Pads and MS Word

Tuesday, August 17th, 2010

Topaz Electronic Signature Capture PadsA question I get asked frequently by customers is whether or not our Topaz electronic signature pads (found here) can be used with Microsoft Word 2007 and 2010. I also get asked if the signature is secure and legal. Here are a few answers to these questions.

First of all, Topaz signature capture pads are currently able to work with Microsoft Word versions ’95 through 2007. A plug-in for MS Word 2010 is currently being developed, but is not yet available (***UPDATE*** The plugin is now compatible with MS Word 2010). Plug-ins are included for use with Adobe Acrobat PDFs and Microsoft Excel as well.

The Topaz Word Plug-in ships with our Topaz signature pad. This includes the SigLite and SignatureGem electronic signature pads. Once installed, the plugin allows you to add signature fields to a world document. Once a document has been created, signatures can then be inserted by use of the signature capture pad device.

These signatures are legally binding and secure. If a word document is “re-saved” after the signature is applied, the signature will be erased. Many other safety precautions have been put in place to guarantee the safety and security of signatures.

The suite of tools included with the Topaz Word Plug-In is extremely easy to use and open the door for a variety of applications, custom forms and more.

For more information on Topaz signature pads and use with Microsoft Word, please contact one of our digital signature capture specialists at 1-800-658-8788. You can find our entire selection of Topaz electronic signature pads here.

Benefits of Electronic Signatures and Topaz Electronic Signature Pads

Monday, August 16th, 2010

Topaz Electronic Signature Capture PadsSignature capture pads from Topaz are hot. This is due in part to the digital environment that we all work with and the fact that digital signatures are quickly becoming the norm. So why should you consider using a signature capture pad? Are these signatures legally binding? These and other questions will be answered in this signature capture pad guide. You can find our entire selection of Topaz electronic signature pads here.

Legally-binding eSignatures?

  • Complying with national and global electronic signature regulations involves more than just binding a signature to a document. A signature must also be capable of review and authentication to prove that the signer did indeed agree to abide by the enclosed terms of an agreement. With handwritten signatures, this is accomplished through close forensic examination by expert handwriting analysts. However, most electronic signature systems offer a fax- or photo-quality signature record with no data about the signature’s biometric characteristics, or claim to capture biometric data but lack the means to authenticate it.

Why is authentication necessary?

  • Any commercial transaction is only valid if it can be upheld in a court of law, should a dispute arise. If a forensic expert cannot attribute the signature on a given document to a specific person or entity, the contract will be unenforceable.  This is no different in the electronic world, which is why the patented Topaz eSignature system captures pen events to create an original electronic signature. When used with Topaz’s patented SigAnalyze™ software tools and training, forensic experts can examine the eSignature’s biometric characteristics and render conclusive opinions about signature authenticity.

Topaz Digital Capture Pen TabletsHow does SigAnalyze work?

  • SigAnalyze is a patented signature software tool that allows forensic examiners to analyze electronic signatures side-by-side using the same techniques they would employ in examining paper-based signatures. In addition to supplying a signature’s appearance, SigAnalyze displays objective information about the speed, timing, and order of each individual stroke and point. By comparing these and other forensic signature parameters to a person’s signature samples on a point-by-point and overall basis, it can be determined whether or not a given electronic signature record is authentic or a forgery.

Secure eDocuments

  • Topaz Gem®-series and SigLite® electronic signature pads provide high-quality signature capture capability for a multitude of applications and operating environments. Topaz eSign pads and software keep signatures secure through dedicated, versatile interface and patented signature techniques which ensure integrity.

Topaz Digital Signature Capture PadsBundled Software Tools

  • A license to use Topaz’s powerful eSignature software tools, applications, and plug-ins is included with the purchase of a tablet at no additional charge, making Topaz a great eSignature value. Instead of needing to buy separate development tools, third party application plug-ins, and verification utilities, Topaz provides all the software tools and updates you’ll ever need at no charge.

Forensic Authentication

  • Topaz offers the first forensically authenticating electronic signature system by virtue of the .SIG proprietary data format and SigAnalyze software, giving customers the peace of mind that comes from knowing their eTransactions are enforceable in a court of law.

Do you still have questions about Topaz electronic signature capture pads? Feel free to contact one of our experts by calling 1-800-658-8788 or post your question as a comment.

Topaz SigLite 1 X 5 T-S460 Electronic Signature Capture Pad Review

Monday, July 26th, 2010

Topaz SigLite 1 X 5 T-S460 Electronic Signature Capture PadDo you need to add a digital signature to form such as MS Word, Adobe and other software programs? One piece of equipment you may want to consider using is the Topaz SigLite 1 x 5 T-S460 electronic signature capture pad (found here). This is my review.

To begin with, Topaz makes some of the easiest-to-use signature capture tablets available today. The support level available for these signature pads is unprecedented. If you have a program that can use a signature capture pad, a Topaz pad will probably work.

Topaz has developer kits available, making it possible to integrate Topaz electronic signature pads into a wide variety of software applications.  I have seen people use these kits to integrate signature capture pads for use with state driver’s license departments, pharmacies and much more. You can find some of Topaz’s developer tools here.

Topaz SigLite capture pads are very similar to Topaz SignatureGem pads. The have the high-quality biometric and forensic capture techniques of a SignatureGem tablet but with a low-cost touchpad and stylus in place of the active electromagnetic pen and sensor.

The Topaz SigLite 1 x 5 T-S460 will work with programs such as Microsoft Word, Adobe Acrobat, Excel and other programs right out of the box. It includes drivers and software that run in the background, capturing the signature and allowing the user to paste that in to just about any program that has a “paste-capable” field.

The SigLite T-S460 has a signing area that is one inch tall and five inches wide. It has a capture life of 10,000 signatures. For the price, that is really good. If you need a machine capable of capturing more signatures, you may want to consider using a SignatureGem. Many of our Topaz SignatureGem pads have a 250,000 plus signature lifespan.

I have used this pad to apply signatures to the back of photo ID cards without any problems, using Card 5 software. The SigLite T-S460 is extremely portable, very easy to set up and is simple to use. It is available in a USB or serial design. Overall, I consider it to be a great value.

You can find the Topaz SigLite 1 x 5 T-S460 electronic signature capture pad here. You can find our entire selection of Topaz signature pads here.

Digital Signature Capture Pads and Adobe Acrobat

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010

Topaz Signature Capture PadsI have had several people ask me recently if our Topaz line of signature capture pads (SigLite and SignatureGem) are able to put a signature in Adobe Acrobat. My answer is an emphatic yes. Our Topaz signature capture pads easily capture and insert the image into an Adobe Acrobat form (PDF Document).

How is this done? Our signature capture pads (by Topaz) include include an Adobe plug-in that makes it possible to add fields and signatures safely and securely. Once installed, the plug-in actually adds tools right into Adobe Acrobat, making PDF creation and editing easy.

Our Topaz signature capture pads can also easily be used with Microsoft Word, Excel and many other programs. They are also compatible with Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7 operating systems.

Many of our customers like to use our signature capture pads for the signing of contracts, creation of documentation and more. A few weeks ago I wrote an article about using a Topaz signature capture pad at my local DMV for adding a signature to a driver’s license. They have many uses and can be integrated with many programs.

You can find our entire selection of signature capture pads here. Have questions about using a signature capture pad with your computer, software or hardware? Speak with one of our experts at 1-800-658-8788.

Topaz SignatureGem LCD Spotted at the DMV

Thursday, May 13th, 2010

Topaz SignatureGem LCD 4x3 Signature Capture PadSignature capture pads are hugely popular right now. They are used to capture signatures for contracts, creating forms, printing ID cards and much more. Now you can add DMV driver’s licenses to that list. Our Topaz line of signature capture pads is probably one of the most popular brands of signature pads found online today.

I was in the DMV this last Wednesday because my card was going to be soon expiring. I walked in, they took my picture and then asked me for my signature (to be placed on my new driver’s license).

I went up to sign my name and to my surprise, there was a Topaz SignatureGem LCD. I signed my name, the computer captured the information and I was given a temporary license until my new one comes in the mail. There it was on my temporary pass. My signature. The entire process was quick, seamless and took just seconds.

The specific model used is a 4×3 (four-inches by three-inches) in size. The SignatureGem LCD 4×3 is rated for 250,000 plus signatures, which makes it a perfect model to use in a DMV for making driver’s licenses. Pretty neat if you ask me.

You can find out more information on the Topaz SignatureGem LCD 4×3 by going here. Enjoy!

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