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How to sign a document using Preview!

From time to time we have to sign documents we receive digitally, and it can be a real pain to have to print the document out, sign it, and scan it back in. Instead of having to go through all that trouble, any Lion user can use Preview to create a signature and store it for future use. (This is a really cool feature.)

In order to create your signature, open Preview, and in Preview in the menu bar (at the top.) Navigate down to “Preferences.”

Select “Signatures” and hit the button that says “Create Signature”

This will instruct you to sign a clear white sheet of paper with your John Hancock (or your Herbie Hancock,) and hold it up in front of your iSight camera. Align it in the window and hit “Accept” when it looks good.

You can access your signatures in the “Annotate” toolbar in Preview when you select the signature button. It will give you a drop down menu of saved signatures. You can then resize and position it as needed on your document, and then all you have to do is go find something to do with all of the time you’ll be saving with this cool trick!

What is Spoken Tracks?

If any of you blog lovers out there are like me, it seems there’s just much more content than there is time to read it. It would be really nice to have it read to me on the go. Well, Lion has some built in tools that make it oh so easy to do. I’ve also used this tool to convert old classics in English literature into audio books!

With the new voice personality built in to Lion, “Alex,” the Mac is easier to listen to than ever. With just two clicks you can add your favorite text to iTunes and listen to it later.

1) Go up to the Application menu in your menu bar. (if you’re in Safari, you’d go up to the Safari menu.)

2) Drop down to “Services,” and select “Add to iTunes as a Spoken Track.” It will ask you to give the track a name.

3) Go in to iTunes and check in the playlist “Spoken Text” to find your new audio track!

Non Lion users can also create spoken word tracks. Automator has some easy scripts for building applications to do exactly the same thing, it will just take some more steps, and will have to be saved for another blog post.