Posts Tagged ‘Topaz’

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.

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.

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