I'm relatively new to using Adobe Acrobat pro, However i recently made a fillable PDF that i need to be able to fill out, then send to clients who can view it, print it but not edit it. Please can anyone advise me how to save the PDF once it has been filled in so others can see the information, but not change anything.
I use Mac if this makes a difference.
In Acrobat X, first use Save A Copy on the file menu to remove the Reader extensions*, then you can flatten the form using a script or extension (e.g. I've got a free one here) - alternatively you run Tools > Protection > Remove Hidden Information and tick only the form fields box.
*You will need to manually open the copy you saved, it doesn't automatically update in Acrobat.
If you're not bothered about accessibility, you can also print the PDF back to PDF - a process we call refrying - which will flatten everything and remove scripts, metadata, calculations and hidden content (but in the process removes all your tags and structure).
Thanks for your help Dave,
I think the best option for me would just be to print the PDF back to PDF, however when i try this through the print menu, nothing seems to happen, where should it save the PDF, or should it open a new one?
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