Here are the main differences that I can see...for what they are worth.
1.) Echosign tracks the IP and the email address of the user and is held by a 3rd PARTY (this is actually bigger than it sounds). Basically this means that you have reputable witness with physical evidence that has nothing to gain from your claim if you were to make one, whereas the gravityforms signature box is all saved within your own database (which you can manipulate), thus making it's credibility invalid.
2.) If you used Echosign, the truth is that if someone signed from a library computer without logging into that computer with identification, they could easily say "it wasn't me", on the other hand, if someone signed from their home computer and the subpoena to their ISP proved that it was, in fact, their personal IP address, you have some valid evidence.
Other than that, they are both garbage. However, it also is worth mentioning that you can always say "I have your signature via EchoSign which is on record with Adobe, one of the world's largest and most respected software companies, you cannot deny that you agreed to this."
As stated numerous times in this forum, Gravity Forms built the esig more as a novelty than anything else, however, I will admit that an EchoSign would be amazing. I tried to implement Echosign with manual forms, but echosign is pdf based and doesn't do a redirect after the signature (which I need). Implementing an EchoSign plugin into gravity forms would be seriously amazing, though I don't know if EchoSign would allow it since their M.O. is to attach their EchoSign module to an actual .pdf, whereas we need it attached to our personalized non-.pdf forms.
I hope that helps clear things up a bit.
Posted 7 years ago on Thursday April 19, 2012 | Permalink