I am a pretty experienced user of Adobe TechComm Suite (FrameMaker, RoboHelp), but I've never needed to dig too deep into Acrobat, so I am a newbie when it comes to setting up digital signatures.
I am using Acrobat Pro XI on Windows 7 professional, and the people who need to approve documents only have the free Adobe Reader. I don't have access to any sort of workflow system at the moment, and we aren't using a content management system. Adobe EchoSign is not suitable for our documents because of size restrictions and because 3rd-party cloud storage violates corporate policy.
What I'd like to be able to do is this:
I have a feeling that I may be missing some steps or some external components. Any advice on how to set this up would be welcome.
Thanks very much,
What you want to do can be done with Acrobat, but it depends a bit on how many internal users will be needing to sign the documents. For Reader users (desktop versions on Windows and Mac) to digitally sign a document, it needs to be Reader-enabled with either Acrobat Pro (not Standard) or LiveCycle Reader Extensions. The latter is expensive server-based software.
The external users will be able to validate the signature (with Acrobat/Reader) and print if you haven't restricted printing.