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Creating New Digitally Signed PDF's

The Digital Signature Viewing Screen has 2 sections:

The upper section:

  1. Select between the "Hand" cursor and the "Cross hair" cursor.

    the "Hand" cursor gets used when you want to move the page around in order to choose the location for the digital signature place holder. You can also use the scrollbars to do this.
    the "Cross hair" cursor gets used to draw the digital signature place holder.

  2. Select the specific page on which you want the Digital Signature to be applied, you can:
    1. go to the first page
    2. go to the previous page
    3. insert page(s)
    4. move to the next page
    5. go to the last page
  3. Make the document larger using the zoom factor

The lower section:

Once you have selected the page and position you want the Digital Signature to be placed, press the crosshair button and draw the Placeholder for the image of your Digital Signature:

  • position the cursor where you want the signature image to start
  • press the left mouse button
  • drag your mouse and a shaded placeholder will appear in that area:

Check the check box if you want to save the signature position and use it for future uses. This is helpful if you have to digitally sign multiple documents that have similar formatting. Once saved you can use the Use Saved Position option on the PDF Options Signature Tab to sign your files using a visible signature without being prompted with the digital signature signing screen.

When you are all set, press to complete processing of your Digitally signed PDF file.

The following is an example of a PDF file signed using a visible Digital Signature.

If you decide NOT to create a Signed PDF file press .

You will be presented with 3 possible choices:

1 Create this PDF file with an Invisible Digital Signature. The document will be verifiable based on its Digital Signature. There will simply be no graphical reference on the PDF page or pages but the Digital Signature will be present and the Security flag ("Show Signatures") will be visible when viewing the PDF document.
2 Create this PDF file with no Digital Signature at all. The resulting file will be a normal unsigned PDF file.
3 Abort PDF creation (stop processing a new PDF file now). This will not produce any output at all.

Additional Information

Digital Signatures

Adding Digital Signatures to Existing PDF's

What is a Digital Certificate?

Definition of Root Certificate

X.509 Certificates

Where to get a Digital Certificate

Requesting Digital Certificates through Internet Explorer

How to Export a PFX File from Internet Explorer

Requesting Digital Certificates through Firefox

How to Import an Internet Explorer PFX File to Firefox

How to Export a PFX File from Firefox

Adobe Acrobat and Digitally Signed PDF Files

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