Hi, I was wondering if there was a way to digitally sign my document and all comments that I have made on the document without locking it (so you can still add pages and make alterations/comments to the document but not my own comments).
I do a lot of shop drawing reviews for construction where I review and sign the doucments prior to them going to the consultants for review. When the consultants review the drawings, they add a page of their own comments. When this happens, my digital signature is removed (understanably as this means the document has changed).
Essentially what I am looking for is a hybrid between the stamp option and the digital signature option, where i can put my "Shop Drawings Reviewed" stamp on the drawings and lock all comments (Text boxes, arrows, etc.) from being edited.
I am currently using Acrobat XI Pro on Windows 7.
Thanks for the speedy reply;
If I flatten a PDF would any form fields be flattened as well? We have a lot of these on our shops to be filled out after I would flatten the PDF.
As for your comment George, that would be a last resort for me. If i cannot find an alternate method to suit my needs i will ask more about this.
It's too bad that Adobe doesn't have a shop drawing review stamp option, as their product is heavily used in our idustry for all formal documents sent via email.
The trouble with flattening is it only converts the appearance to regular page contents and you lose all of the other properties of the annotation, the most important of which is usually the text content (i.e., the text you enter in the popup). Annotations that are flattened will no longer be present in the comments pane and can't be summarized, exported, etc. Setting to read-only will retain all of this functionality.
Regarding your last comment about a shop drawing stamp, aren't you using a custom one you created?
Thanks I will look into that.
Yes I am actually using a custom digital signiture that I have created.
I was just commenting that it would be nice to see a feature like "add stamp" or "add digital signature" that had different levels of security (i.e. letting someone add pages but not letting them change my comments or locking pages 3-10 of 15 pages rather than having the whole document secured) as when we review shop drawings electronically there are, at minimum, three different parties commenting, reviewing and signing these documents.
I was just commenting that it would be nice to see a feature like "add stamp"
There is such a feature... Click on the Stamp tool and select Custom Stamps - Create Custom Stamp. You can even create dynamic stamps with fields that can contain user-input, but that's a more advanced task.
I am aware of this feature, my comment was intended to imply that I was looking for a feature LIKE one of those two features that was the best of both worlds, where I could stamp a document, lock what I needed too and allow others to make modifications as required.
I don't need the full security that a certified password/locked document provides, but in saying that I do need a certain level of security that protects my alterations/comments to the document.
Ah, OK, I guess I misunderstood... In principle it would be possible, I think, to embed a script that locks certain fields/annotations in the parent document when a stamp is applied, but it will have to be custom-written for your specific purposes.
Actually, the Dynamic Stamp will work for what I need. It will give me a professional looking stamp. I don't have the added security, but if it came to court I have other means of proving that my comments were altered from the original.
I was unaware of how much you could do with the dynamic stamp.