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>But according to the above thread, I'd need at least Acrobat 8.0 to "enable" a PDF to be signed. What does that mean?
It means that you need to use Acrobat 8.0 Professional or above to
prepare a PDF in a special way.
If this is not done, Reader cannot sign it.
> The form I received, by all appearances, *was* signed.
One possibility is that the person who signed it was not clear about
what software they actually have.
>Also, what does the 500 signature limit mean?
The EULA gives the legal details that lawyers would apply. It has
seemed that each copy used counts towards the 500. If there is ANY
POSSIBILITY of this limit being reached it is prudent to use Adobe's
server enabling software instead.
> One possibility is that the person who signed it was not clear about
> what software they actually have.
Actually... I think you're right. Looking into the document properties, this PDF file appears to have been created with PDFCreator, not Acrobat at all. It appears that someone indeed has modified the file to bring it to the point where it could be signed.
And that's grounds enough for not going any further with this, because we'd have to upgrade several Acrobat licenses just to proceed with the signatures, and there is a definite possibility of reaching 500 copies of the file, although I'm not sure how that could be tracked or who could do the tracking.
Thanks for your time, Aandi!