3 Replies Latest reply on Jun 14, 2013 12:10 PM by rarkin

    How do you create a "flat" PDF file in Acrobat X for Mac?


      I'm using Adobe Acrobat X on a Mac.


      I have made some edits to a PDF by adding text  and lines.  I want to save the file as a flat file so that no one can delete/edit my edits.  In Windows, you can just print the PDF to PDF.  When I try to do this on a Mac, it says "Saving a PDF file when printing is not supported. Instead, choose File > Save."


      When I just choose File > Save, it just saves the PDF in the same format that allows those edits to be changed.

        • 1. Re: How do you create a "flat" PDF file in Acrobat X for Mac?
          Phillip M Jones Level 4

          Go to Tool menu > Print Production look for Flatner  Preview, see if you can flatten from there.

          • 2. Re: How do you create a "flat" PDF file in Acrobat X for Mac?
            George_Johnson MVP & Adobe Community Professional

            Check out this nifty JavaScript-based utility that allows you to flatten pages, converting annotations to regular page contents: http://www.uvsar.com/projects/acrobat/flattener/


            You can also flatten annotations with PDF Optimizer and Preflight, or the following JavaScript executed in the interactive JavaScript console:


            // Flatten all pages in the document


            • 3. Re: How do you create a "flat" PDF file in Acrobat X for Mac?
              rarkin Level 1

              This is a great utility---thanks for sharing it!  The Javascripts folder can be hard to find--here's what worked for me:


              For Macbook Pro users using Acrobat Pro X with OS X version 10 or greater,  you’ll want to copy the unzipped “UVSAR_selectiveFlatten.js”  file into the JavaScripts folder located in this path:


              /Applications/Adobe Acrobat X Pro/Adobe Acrobat Pro.app/Contents/Resources/JavaScripts


              *** IMPORTANT:  To be able to see the Contents folder, you must Right-Click (Ctrl-Click if you don't have a right button) on the filename "Adobe Acrobat Pro.app", then select Show Package Contents from the pop-down menu.  The Contents folder will appear in a new window and you can navigate to  Contents/Resources/JavaScripts, and put the “UVSAR_selectiveFlatten.js” into the JavaScripts folder.


              Once you've done that, restart Acrobat Pro and you'll find the "Flatten" option in your Edit menu.  VERY handy!  Tip:  might want to save your original PDF file as a different version just to be safe---once you flatten the PDF, it can't be undone, so either just print and don't save, or save as different version if need be.