I have a template I use from Microsoft Word for a contract I use frequently. It does have a color image on it. I then save the file as Adobe PDF format, add a few form fields if necesary, extend features in Adobe Reader (so my client can fill out and digitally sign it), Then I reduce the file size, which at this point is maybe 25K.
The last thing I do is add a digital signature -- necessary, because this is a contract.
I'm using CoSign for digital signatures as they need to be verifiable and this was the least expensive option for me.
The problem I have is that once it's digitally signed, the document size increases from maybe 25K to almost 2MB.
What can I do to keep the file size MUCH smaller? I don't want to jam up my clients' mailboxes or risk having a contract not delivered because of large file size. I'm using Acrobat 9.x.
It's hard to say without knowing ore about the ARX signature, but I've seen people use large (in terms of bytes) bitmaps for their signature appearances. Try plain text if you can and see if it makes a significant difference.
I tried using a plain text signature and it made essentially no difference. Original file size after reduction 25.7k; size after plain text signature 1.82M.
I have submitted the question to ARX but have not yet received a response from them.
Create a self-signed digital ID in Acrobat 9.x and sign the doc. If you notice that the file size is not increased as much as it is in your workflow above, then the problem is not related to Acrobat but rather CoSign.