Adding a scanned signature image to a form in acrobat reader 10.1.2

Hello, hope someone can help me:

I have a fillable form (created on Acrobat Pro x) that I use for confirming orders from clients. I'd like for my clients to be able to insert or place a saved image of their signatures to it. I understand that this is possible, based on this article I've read :

http://techdows.com/2012/01/adobe-rea...

and based on the help article in adobe.com:

Sign a document (Reader 10.1.2) http://help.adobe.com/en_US/reader/us...

I've tried to test this out on my own first to see if it works and I can't seem to place a signature since I keep getting this notification

"The security settings on this document prevent adding text and/or placing a signature on it from Adobe Reader. To fill and sign this document you need to print it out.."

whenever I click on the SIGN tab on the upper right corner (btw, I'm using READER 10.1.2). I have extended reader rights in acrobat and have checked security settings (on both acrobat and reader ) that the file says it allows signing, yet It still won't allow me to do it.

What am I doing wrong?


Allison Ylescupidez


6 Answers

Voted Best Answer

Hi Allison,

I can certainly see how this is confusing. When you add the Extended Rights what you are doing is adding a type of digital signature to the PDF. After a digital signature is added to the PDF any changes to the content (background) will invalidate that digital signature. Fillable form fields are not content, they are interactive elements that basically float over the top of the "content." The Sign tool in Adobe Reader is acually adding a "stamp" with a flattening feature that bakes it into the content. Since flattening adds the stamp to the "content" it invalidates the digital signature. If you are still with me ( as this is confusing), the reason you are getting the "The security settings on this document prevent adding text and/or placing a signature on it from Adobe Reader. To fill and sign this document you need to print it out" message is because your PDF is Extended. So, an Extended PDF cannot use the wet signature Sign tool in Adobe Reader X, but a non-extended PDF can. If you supply an non-entended PDF to your end users they can fill in the fields and use the Sign tool but CANNOT save the file- they would have print it to have a filled-in copy for themselves. To fill and Save the file the PDF must be extended, thus the conundrum you find yourself in.

As JR points out, your end users could add a Stamp of their wet signature to the Extended PDF using the Stamp tool in Adobe Reader X, but they will not be allowed to flatten it. Leaving it unflattended means it is not secure and someone with Acrobat could manipulate it.

Hope this helps,

Dimitri
WindJack Solutions
www.pdfscripting.com
www.windjack.com


By Dimitri Munkirs   

If the PDF is "Reader enabled", users should be able to add any image using the Stamp tool.

;-)


JR Boulay   

The adobe stamp tool is also disabled for extended PDF files. It seems to be impossible to create wet ink signatures on extended PDF featured forms.

I find this very strange.


john johnson   

Here is a quick tip that explains how to place your handwritten signature as part of an existing digital signature that you create using the Digital Signature form field in Acrobat X Std. or Pro:





Lori Kassuba   

It is so stupid that they don't let you do this. It is one of the most common use cases for pdf forms. To make it worst this issue is very poorly communicated. So after years of struggling with this I found the simple solution

1. Fill out form
2. Print PDF, select print to PDF file.
3. opened "Printed" PDF
4. Add signature
5. Save Signed PDF

Volia... A feature that should just be built into Acrobat.


Thomas Steinke   

Hi.

Volia... A feature that should just be built into Acrobat.

As you can see above this feature is already built into Acrobat, but not in Reader.


JR Boulay   


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