Hopefully someone has some ideas on this.
Basically my company needs to block out signatures and private information like telephone numbers in PDF documents which we publish on the web.
We have been using the rectangle tool and 'lock' button to block out and lock the boxes so people with the Adobe reader can't read them. This isn't perfect because its like a new layer and when scrolling up and down the information behind the box is viewable for a split second. And even with the lock button ticked people with Acrobat Pro can still untick this and move the box. This can be fixed by password protecting the document but its a pain!
Now we have a new problem. It seems these rectangle boxes don't appear on some third-party PDF viewing software. Namely the one on the iPad! People using iPads can see all private details we are publishing on the web!!
Are there better ways to block out signature using Acrobat?? We are using Acrobat Pro 7. Since this problem arose out website has had to come down. Anyone got any ideas?
Thanks for your help.
Can I also just add that we really need to be able to access the blocked out information ourselves. We were using the stamp tool which really was ideal BUT the information underneath is lost forever. We need something like stamp but with the ability for us to see what is underneath and no one else.
is this possible??
You seem to want to have your cake and eat it. I don't think you can. You must retain the original separately.
You are right tha the rectangle boxes aren't ideal. Text copy/paste still works too. What you need is a common industry requirement: it's called 'redaction'. Often the right buzzword is all you need...
Also, the version you are using is so old that 1) it's not supported anymore and 2) most readers here won't know how it works.