4 Replies Latest reply on Aug 14, 2008 12:42 PM by CJ

    Signatures in ColdFusion

    CJ Level 1
      I am working on an application where my client needs a signature from their client. Right now they fill out a excel form, print it and then have the client sign the printed paper.

      What I would like to do is have this all done with a ColdFusion web application. My client fills out all the information and then either submit it to go to a database and then gather a signature or gather a signature prior to hitting submit and putting in database. So my question is, has anyone ever done anything like this or know of how I can get this to work? I need an electronic pad hooked to the laptop so that they can gather the signature without having to print out the form data. Do you know of a electronic company that makes one that will work with the web and Coldfusion? I have looked at http://www.topazsystems.com/products/siglite.asp, but not sure if it will work for what I need. Any ideas on this?

      Thanks
      Christian
        • 1. Re: Signatures in ColdFusion
          Level 7
          I presume from ColdFusion's|the web's point of view the signature is an
          image, and will be treated like any other image.

          The tool that captures that signature and creates an image is entirely
          another matter.
          • 2. Re: Signatures in ColdFusion
            CJ Level 1
            Yes, as far as I understand it, it would be an image and would be fine as an image. I think anywhow. If I can get the image, I can upload it via ColdFusion to a directory on the server.

            The tool is one issue, not sure if the siglite will work. Getting ideas for the tool

            The software is another issue. Do I need any other software? Can I do it with a tool and ColdFusion. Do I need a tool, some sort of software and ColdFusion? This is the part I have no idea on.
            • 3. Re: Signatures in ColdFusion
              Level 7
              CJ wrote:
              >
              > The software is another issue. Do I need any other software? Can I do it with
              > a tool and ColdFusion. Do I need a tool, some sort of software and ColdFusion?
              > This is the part I have no idea on.
              >

              I would be surprised if you need any other software than whatever comes
              to drive the tool, but you may need something to marry that together
              with the browser.

              The difficulty I see is that browsers are not configured to take an
              image as a direct input. In a browser, images are handled with the
              'file' input control and it could be difficult getting something to
              automatically accept the image generated by the tool. Without a user
              browsing to the generated image file anyways.

              I've only seen this kind of technology used with desktop software that
              has more access to the OS and file system then browsers do for security
              reasons.

              You may want to look at the adobe Flex AIR project. As I understand the
              project AIR is for creating desktop applications that work well with
              internet server tools such as ColdFusion.
              • 4. Re: Signatures in ColdFusion
                CJ Level 1
                Thanks, I will check out Flex AIR.

                Any other ideas, please let me know.

                Thanks
                CJ