GIZMODO: Styluses for capacitive screens like the iPad used to be wide and squishy—bad for precise drawing and writing. Only recently have companies been able to come up with pen-like tips for a superior experience. Wacom is the latest to offer one such device in the Bamboo Stylus Fineline. The Fineline comes on the heels of Adonit, who was the first to figure out how to make a pen-like stylus tip work on an iPad. It seems now that the problem has been solved, everyone is having a go. Fineline is encased in an ever-so-slightly tapered silver tube. It looks understated and stylish, with a clip on the cap and a micro USB charger under a rubber lid on the other end. …

CNET: … Constructed of aluminum, with a grip made of painted ABS (acrylonitrile butadiene styrene), it feels solid and looks classy and elegant, similar to the Bamboo Solo and Duo rubber-tipped styluses. It’s not nearly as thin as those — unsurprisingly, given that it needs room for all the electronics, which are contained in the slight bulge just above the nib area. There’s a button to activate the Bluetooth transmitter that doubles as a programmable button when connected, with a tiny LED light in the middle to indicate Bluetooth and battery status. The button has a gentle concave curve, which helps prevent you from accidentally pressing it …

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Kofax has acquired Softpro GmbH, a leading european provider of signature verification, fraud prevention and electronic signature software and services.

Kofax® Limited (NASDAQ and LSE: KFX) is a leading provider of smart process applications that simplify the business critical First Mile™ of information intensive customer interactions. Kofax combines market leading capture, process management, analytics and mobile capabilities that enable organizations to increase their responsiveness to customers, provide better service, gain a competitive advantage and better grow their businesses while reducing operating costs.

Kofax acquired all of Softpro’s stock for total consideration of $34.7 million in cash. Of this amount, $31.2 million was paid as part of the closing of the transaction on September 1, 2014. An additional $1.1 million will be paid 90 days after closing, $1.2 million will be paid one year from closing and $1.2 million will be paid two years from closing, with said amounts being subject to certain indemnification terms and conditions. The Company expects to complete the integration of Softpro by the end of calendar year 2014.

Softpro was a privately held company headquartered in Boeblingen, Germany with approximately 80 employees located principally Western Europe and the U.S. Its audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2013 reported revenues of $13.3 million, of which 38% arose from software licenses, 50% from maintenance services, 3% from professional services and 9% from the resale of hardware devices for signature capture purposes. The financial statements also reported an Adjusted EBITDA(3) of $1.0 million and gross assets of $6.1 million. The principal shareholders, Heinz Reschke, founder and CEO – age 66, and Peter Reschke, Head of Sales – age 66, and all other Softpro employees will remain as employees for the immediate future.

When someone claims “I didn’t sign that,” a forensic expert can perform a deep manual signature verification any time afterwards, using the SIGNificant PenAnalyst software just as they would with a signature on paper.

How it Works

  • SIGNificant records the handwritten signature of a person by parameters of pressure, acceleration, speed, and rhythm. These parameters are unique to every individual and cannot be easily reproduced by a forger. A forged signature is usually created by either tracing an existing signature or simply trying to re-create the signature by memory.
  • Either way, a forged signature can be characterized as either “accurate and slow or fast but inaccurate”
  • SIGNificant is able to record the time that it takes someone to write their signature, which means that a side-by-side comparison of a legitimate signature and a forgery will be quick and simple, because typically the signature will either appear visually correct but the time-stamp slower or the time stamp will be correct but the signature will be visually inaccurate.
  • Of course, the speed at which someone generates a signature is not the only characteristic considered when analyzing possible forgeries. Some other items include the size, connecting strokes, and proportions of the original signature
  • All of these parameters are recorded by SIGNificant and are retrievable for a forensic examiner using a tool called PenAnalyst which is provided if the need arises.
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