Could you please confirm the version of Adobe Reader installed on the machine?
Which Operating System running on the machine-Mac/Windows?
Adorobat, most of the installations of Acrobat Reader here are version XI and patched up to date. I have a handful of users that have Adobe Acrobat Reader DC. The problem seems to be happening on both versions. All machines are running Windows 10 Pro. It is frustrating and I don't know where to begin to look for a fix. Any help unraveling this mystery would be appreciated.
INFO UPDATE: 2/7/17
After working with a specific user today and testing some things, it appears that the problem is that Adobe Reader XI (the one I was testing) will NOT remember the user's Digital ID after registering it with the installation and marking it to be used for signing which should set it as the default. Once Reader is closed and reopened the Digital ID does not appear in the list and has to be re-added. Or, if you go straight to a document to sign it asks for how you want to sign it and you can navigate to the .pfx certificate file, type in the password and then it will allow you to sign. Any ideas on what is causing this? Could it be caused by something changing on our network? I don't think we changed anything though. Thanks.
Thank You for sharing the info.
Could you please let me know the version of Reader XI installed?
You may do so by launching Adobe Reader>click Help>select About Adobe Reader XI
We have the same issue, Adobe Xi pro, and have the exact same issues as the OP above.
its nearly a month since i reported it, and its still very much an issue.
FYI - We are still dealing with this issue. Doesn't seem to matter if it is DC or XI and seems to be tied to an update. I found another thread that seems to be aligning with the issue (although we always drag a box to sign & it appears to deal with using a signature box). I think the issues are the same. Here's a link to that thread in case anyone wants to look over it and see if it helps. If you find the solution, please comment on this board. Thanks.
Could you please confirm Reader/ Acrobat version installed on the machine?
NOBODY has posted a version yet Despite requests a month ago. Please actually check Help>About. Eg 11.1.34 or 2914.123.75435.
Adobe Acrobat XI PRO 11.0.19
I have this same issue. It is a pain in the rear to open the signature file all the time as well!
On Adobe Acrobat XI 11.0.19
LATEST UPDATE: I received an email from Shivam Sharma (which appeared to be from this forum) suggesting that I apply a patch that may fix the issue. The links go to installer files labeled under a title of 15.023.20070 Optional update, February 21, 2017 (Windows only) for both DC Pro and DC Reader versions. I downloaded them and was going to try to install, BUT most of my installations are still at version XI (11.0.19) and the installer fails and says it cannot find the installation (since it is XI that is installed). I could upgrade the Reader installations to DC (but would have to retrain a lot of employees on how to use the self-signed certificate as the method is different). However, our Desktop versions of Acrobat Pro XI are the latest we can get at a discount price as a non-profit without going to a pretty expensive upgrade project or the expensive subscription based version, so for now those need to stay in place.
I've sent a reply email asking if they have the patch available for Adobe Reader & Pro XI, but I have no idea. So I am still frustrated!
Also, my users indicate that it doesn't always do it (which is very odd) and that it appears that when this issue shows up it is almost always on a document that has already been digitally signed by another party. I'm wondering if the first signer is using Reader DC and that it is the earlier version (XI) for subsequent digital signatures that is the problem. It's just a thought.
Anybody else had any luck?
We are having the same issues on the Adobe Reader DC. We have confirmed all updates are installed. This is becoming problematic as our staff is ready to print and sign they are getting so frustrated. Any suggestion would be most welcomed.
bouldertx, When you checked that all updates were installed, did those updates include an OPTIONAL update dated February 21, 2017? This is the update that I received an email about with links to as a FIX for this problem. However, I still haven't had a chance to see if that fixes anything, but plan to soon. I also received another email on Saturday, 4/1/17, from Shivam Sharma that says,
"I would like to inform you that a bug has been logged (ADC-4202129) for
the issue and our team is woking on it. We will try to release the patch
in our upcoming release for Acrobat XI."
I am truly hopeful that they will get this issue resolved for all of my installations. I'll post back after I try the optional update I refer to above. Thanks.
This helped me. Now when I want to sign a document, Acrobat finds my signature file and I am prompted only for my password to insert the signature.
Specify the default digital ID
To avoid being prompted to select a digital ID each time your sign or certify a PDF, you can select a default digital ID.
- Click the Usage Options button , and choose a task for which you want the digital ID as the default. To specify the digital ID as the default for two tasks, click the Usage Options button again and select a second option.
A check mark appears next to selected options. If you select only the signing option, the Sign icon appears next to the digital ID. If you select only the encryption option, the Lock icon appears. If you select only the certifying option, or if you select the signing and certifying options, the Blue Ribbon icon appears.