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Doc Signing disabled in adobe reader but enabled in Acrobat Pro X1

Nov 13, 2012 4:29 AM

Hello there,


I have used Acrobat Pro X1 Trial to create a PDF document with a Signature field.  When I view the Properties and Security of the doc I can see that Signing - Is Allowed.

When I open the same document in Adobe Reader X the document security properties allow form fill & printing but not signing. ith-adobe-reader/ 

This tutorial shows how to change settings using Acrobat Pro 10.  The same File Save As options are not available in X1.  Am I missing something in Acrobat Pro X1?


Your help would be very much appreaciated!!

Thanks in advance

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    Nov 14, 2012 12:01 PM   in reply to timsevern

    Hi Tim,


    There are a couple of things at play here.


    First, adding a digital signature is always allowed in Acrobat, but only allowed in Reader if the PDF file has been Reader enabled for signing. To use Acrobat XI to Reader Enable a PDF file for signing you would:

    • Select the File > Save As Other > Reader Extended PDF > Enable More Tools menu item
    • Click the Save Now button on the Enable Usage Rights in Adobe Reader dialog
    • Select a file name and location, and then click the Save button on the Save As dialog

    That would allow the file to be signed when opened in Reader.


    However, I did mention that there are two items of consideration. If you are using a Pre-release (beta) version of Acrobat then signing will not work in a release version of Acrobat or Reader. When you said you are using a "trial" version I just want to make sure you mean the released version of Acrobat XI being run under the trial license where you don't have a serial number as opposed to a beta version that made available prior to the release date.



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