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Signature capture in Lion

Posted by on July 22, 2011 | Comments Off on Signature capture in Lion

Apple’s new operating system, Lion, came out a couple of days ago, and thanks to people like┬áRobin Parris at applegazette.com, there are already some excellent “hidden” features coming to light. It is now possible to capture a digital copy of your signature to paste onto PDF documents requiring it.

To save your signature:

  • Open Preview (you can find it with Spotlight, the magnifying glass at the top right of your screen, if you’re not sure where it is…)
  • From the “Preview” menu, next to the Apple menu (top left), select “Preferences…”
  • In the Preferences window, click “Signatures” and then “Create Signature”
  • Follow the instructions on-screen!


It took quite a bit of adjusting the piece of papering front of the camera before my chicken-scratch was recognized by the system, but it worked, and I am now ready to digitally sign my life away ­čÖé

Note that you can save and make use of more than one ┬ásignature at a time, should you want to save the one with the hearts over the ‘i’s for pleasure, and the skull’n’crossbones one for business!

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