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how do I create a signature field in Adobe Acrobat X? I just need to create the field, doc to be signed later

How to add digital signatures using Acrobat Adobe Pro X? I'm currently evaluating Acrobat Adobe Pro X trial version, and see no means to add signature fields. I also would like to organize editable and non-editable text fields and menus in tables. Note that signing of the document will be done later.

If Acrobat Adobe Pro X is not the correct product to do this, what is? Also, can you recommend an SDK (preferably Java) which can edit the PDF created above, tweeking the editables or menus prior to signing? Note that any SDK I use will need to preserve the Reader-enabling properties of the document so that the PDF can be later signed.


Debbie Pierce 662 days ago


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Acrobat (Pro) is absolutely the correct tool to accomplish this. However, keep in mind that the current version is Acrobat XI, which is overall much better than X (IMHO).

You will work in the Forms Edit mode (Tools pane --> Forms --> Edit). There you select the Digital Signature Field tool, and place the field wherever it is needed. With the Text field tool, you place the other fields, and in their respective Properties dialog, you can set them read-only, and/or add default values, and/or add logic.

Hope this can help.

Max Wyss.


Max Wyss answered 662 days ago  |   Comments (4)  |  New Comment

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Thanks for your answer. I just checked, and it is Adobe Acrobat XI that I have (sorry!). Anyway, the Tools pane -> Forms -> Edit option is not enabled. Is this because I have the trial version?

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The trial version is fully functional, and therefore, it should be available.

There could, however, be some restrictions with the document; try another document where you know that there are no restrictions of any kind, and see if the option becomes active.

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I'm trying to create a new PDF from scratch, but there are not controls on the Adobe Acrobat XI GUI which allow me to drop a digital signature field into a brand new PDF

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Can somebody please answer this question as this is really holding me up. How do I use Adobe Acrobat Pro XI to put a signature field in a newly created (from scratch using Adobe Acrobat) PDF file. This signature field is to be signed by somebody else, not me. All I've seen in the literature are instructions for how I should sign the PDF, I don't want to do this. Can somebody provide the step by step process for how to just create a new PDF that contains an unfilled signature field. I would be very grateful to anybody who can provide this information.

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For Acrobat XI - (something to try)
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If not in Form Editing mode, click Edit in the Forms panel.
In the Tasks panel, choose Add New Field.
Select Digital Signature.
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Be well...


David Austin answered 661 days ago  |   Comments (4)  |  New Comment

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Hi David,
This didn't work either. Edit form isn't enabled until I create a form, so the steps I'm taking are:
1. Create a form, selecting to create a form from scratch
2. In Adobe FormsCentral, added a text field, and saved the form as a PDF form
3. Selected Edit form, this gave me a warning that the READER-enabled options are being disabled (note that I need the READER-enabled options to be set, or what I'm working on won't work).
In summary, I'm not having any success with this. If Adobe Acrobat XI can support what I'm trying to do, can anybody give me the exact sequence of steps to:
1. create a new form from scratch
2. add an unsigned signature field
3. save the PDF such that Signing is allowed (i.e. in Adobe Reader)
The exact procedure to do this is definitely requested. So far, I've been getting snippets of advice that aren't working out.

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Hi All,
Can someone please provide some more detailed information? I've been spending too much time on this (2 days), and I'd really like to get this to work.

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Hi All. While I have concerns for how to do this in Adobe Acrobat XI, somebody provided me with a PDF containing all of the features that I want, and it was created using Adobe Acrobat X. Can I get a trial version of Adobe Acrobat X? FYI, I intend to buy the product if it accomplishes what I need, I just need the trial version to test.

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