Ansfelden – Sept 15, 2014 – xyzmo today announced a partnership with Moxtra to implement Moxtra’s popular power communication + collaboration SDK for mobile app developers. xyzmo users will now have access to powerful tools like chat, voice calls, to-dos, videos, documents, screen sharing, annotation and voice and visual notes – all within xyzmo’s e-signature apps.

“Users are looking for in-context communication + collaboration experiences to get things done effectively and efficiently,” said Subrah Iyar, co-founder and CEO of Moxtra. “With the Moxtra SDK, we make it simple to deliver such continuous experiences. We are excited to partner with xyzmo to deliver powerful in-app communication + collaboration experiences to their customers.”

“Moxtra enabled us to integrate in-context communication + collaboration experiences into our e-signature apps with only a few lines of code. This integration allows powerful collaboration experiences right from the app in case there are questions about the document which should be e-signed or for support cases. The integration into SIGNificant Signature Capture was very easy and done in days.” said Gerald Cäsar, owner and CEO of xyzmo.

SIGNificant Signature Capture allows you to work with your documents and form templates fully offline, enabling you to complete the data capture and signing process with customers without any server connectivity. A signature captured with SIGNificant is much more than just an electronic image of a digitized signature. SIGNificant records – forensically identifiably – the handwritten signature of a person using all available parameters, such as acceleration, speed, and rhythm. The App supports pressure sensitive pens for the most natural signing experience, palm protection and high-quality signature recording.

The Moxtra SDK is now publicly available at sdk.moxtra.com to developers wishing to embed in-context power communications + collaboration in their applications. The SDK represents the first commercially available, private labeled, embedded service for enabling secure, real-time mobile communication + collaboration within mobile and web applications.

About Moxtra
Moxtra is a mobile-first contextual communication + collaboration cloud platform. The Moxtra SDK allows any mobile or web application on any device to integrate Moxtra platform capabilities to bring contextual communication + collaboration around an app and its content.

The Moxtra SDK allows your users to engage with each other via chat, voice calls, videos, documents, screen sharing, annotation and voice and visual clips without leaving your app.

For more information, please visit www.moxtra.com.

About xyzmo
Xyzmo’s SIGNificant e-signature enterprise platform enables you to choose the best e-signing solution for every channel, business process, and department need, while still maintaining all the advantages of a homogeneous platform. For example, you can deploy native apps for your field agents, browser-based e-signing on signature pads for branch offices, and email documents for end customers to sign online on any web-enabled device. All solutions are built on the same core technology and can be easily integrated with each other. You will find the most important features across the platform. Many features are available server-based and alternatively as stand-alone products.

For more information, please visit www.xyzmo.com.

Wacom_STU-530Wacom Signature Pads are often used in environments where hundreds of signatures are taken every day, e.g. for payment in retail. Thus, robustness is a key requirement for many companies. Several awards from institutions and magazines from various industries as well as customer feedback have proven the quality. Lacking so far was an independent, research-based proof of the robustness of the pads.

Now, a study provided by SGS, the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and Certification Company, underlines the robustness of the Wacom tablets based on scientific research. Wacom has asked SGS to perform tests with a greater number of signing cycles to check for the possible impact on the surface of a pad. The investigation was on the roughness of the surface.

The results were clear: After 500,000 signings on the pad, there were no scratches visible by naked eye on the pad. Pictures taken by a digital camera showed a surface that could be compared to the initial state of the tablet with one exception only.

For Wacom customers, this means that the STU-530 Signature pad is capable to take half a million signatures with nearly no visible wear. This is unique in the market. If this figure is related to product lifetime, it means that the Wacom tablet surface has a scratch resistance lifetime of approximately 20 years, based on taking an average of 100 signatures per working day. This long, maintenance-free lifetime of Wacom signature pads means a solid investment and a quick Return-on-Invest for companies that use Wacom products.

To run the test, Wacom’s STU-530 Signature Pad had been chosen. SGS set up a mechanical test environment mimicking the actual signature process by writing vectorized electronic signatures on the pad, consisting of lines and circles and being placed in different and varying positions of each sign filed. The load exerted on the pen was about the same as if a real person would have signed. Besides photographic documentation, possible influences on the surface were monitored by using Confocal Laser-Scanning-Microscopy. This method was applied three times: at the beginning, in between and after completion of the tests, confirming the results from optical inspection.

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iStock_000004854876XSmall (2)The New York Times, By MARIA KONNIKOVA June 2, 2014

Does handwriting matter?

Not very much, according to many educators. The Common Core standards, which have been adopted in most states, call for teaching legible writing, but only in kindergarten and first grade. After that, the emphasis quickly shifts to proficiency on the keyboard.

But psychologists and neuroscientists say it is far too soon to declare handwriting a relic of the past. New evidence suggests that the links between handwriting and broader educational development run deep.

Children not only learn to read more quickly when they first learn to write by hand, but they also remain better able to generate ideas and retain information. In other words, it’s not just what we write that matters — but how.

“When we write, a unique neural circuit is automatically activated,” said Stanislas Dehaene, a psychologist at the Collège de France in Paris. “There is a core recognition of the gesture in the written word, a sort of recognition by mental simulation in your brain. “And it seems that this circuit is contributing in unique ways we didn’t realize,” he continued. “Learning is made easier.”

In a study that followed children in grades two through five, Virginia Berninger, a psychologist at the University of Washington, demonstrated that printing, cursive writing, and typing on a keyboard are all associated with distinct and separate brain patterns — and each results in a distinct end product. When the children composed text by hand, they not only consistently produced more words more quickly than they did on a keyboard, but expressed more ideas. And brain imaging in the oldest subjects suggested that the connection between writing and idea generation went even further. When these children were asked to come up with ideas for a composition, the ones with better handwriting exhibited greater neural activation in areas associated with working memory — and increased overall activation in the reading and writing networks.

The benefits of writing by hand extend beyond childhood. For adults, typing may be a fast and efficient alternative to longhand, but that very efficiency may diminish our ability to process new information. Not only do we learn letters better when we commit them to memory through writing, memory and learning ability in general may benefit.

Two psychologists, Pam A. Mueller of Princeton and Daniel M. Oppenheimer of the University of California, Los Angeles, have reported that in both laboratory settings and real-world classrooms, students learn better when they take notes by hand than when they type on a keyboard. Contrary to earlier studies attributing the difference to the distracting effects of computers, the new research suggests that writing by hand allows the student to process a lecture’s contents and reframe it — a process of reflection and manipulation that can lead to better understanding and memory encoding.

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