The iPhone 4 wow’d us with retina display – the ‘HD’ mobile display that is now the benchmark for top end mobile devices. For mobile site developers however, this added an extra layer of required development because images used in mobile web designs now looked blurry on an iPhone 4. Because the retina screen essentially ‘explodes’ each pixel into 2 pixels in order to generate a denser pixel grid, logo’s and images used in mobile designs now were expanded to twice the size and you ended up with a blurry image.
I often have awesome (IMO) ideas for web applications that’ll do well to fill a need. I thought of something today and thought I’d put the proverbial pen to paper and document the idea. Who knows, maybe something like this already exists, or whoever decides to make it, will cut me in for a slice of the pie :)
You need to sign a document – a loan agreement, rental document, NDA, whatever. So in order to do that,
- Person A sends you the PDF document.
- You print out said document.
- You fill out the necessary odds & ends – name, details etc.
- You sign the document
- Then you have to fax it back to Person A
Firstly, it boggles my mind that we still have to fax in this day and age. I’m aware that there’s things like E-Signatures that are used to sign document, but what about filling it out? Not everyone has PDF editing software and what a shlep! Am I correct so far?
Right, so enter my awesome idea.
- Person A creates the document online and using a simple UI, adds the content & the area’s requiring feedback like name, address, etc.
- Person A then ‘adds’ the people who need to fill out the form – Person B and C.
- Person B and C get an email notification and then once they login, they are presented with the document and the areas requiring feedback are highlighted.
- Then at the bottom is a legal statement with a checkbox that basically indicates agreement of the entire document. The wording of the statement would be crucial to ensure there’s no loopholes and once the checkbox is ticked and the form submitted, Person B and C are legally bound by the stipulations in the document. As Person B or C complete the document, Person A receives notification.
- Persons A, B and C can all login & view their documentation – docs they’ve created and docs they’ve signed in a form of dashboard. Person A will see his documents, with an indication of invited parties and whether those parties have signed the document or not.
In terms of revenue, the most obvious way would be to have subscription plans which allow for various numbers of documents to be sent/signed etc. Or alternatively, you can create documents for free, but you’re charged for each ‘signature’ you get on the document… With a bit of creativity, you could easily come up with a few ways to generate revenue but because Person A doesn’t have any direct means of recouping the money he’s paying for the service, it can’t be too exorbitant.
So what do you think? I reckon its a killer idea :) But that’s just me…
From a legal point of view, perhaps legal guru @pauljacobson – http://pauljacobson.org - can give some feedback on the legalities and the validity of such a form of ‘signature’ to a document.
Keen to hear your thoughts :)