How to get others to sign using a certificate using Acrobat XI

Learn how to use electronic signatures to get others to sign your PDF file using a certificate-based digital ID.

By February 21, 2014

 

In this infographic, learn how to use electronic signatures to get others to sign your PDF file using a certificate-based digital ID. To allow certificate-based signing by Reader users (11.0.06 and earlier), the PDF file must first be Reader-enabled in Acrobat XI.

How to get others to sign using a certificate using Acrobat XI
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How to get others to sign using a certificate using Acrobat XI

Donna BakerFebruary 21, 2014

  1. Under the Tools pane, select the Forms panel and click Create or Edit to start working in Forms mode.
  2. Click Add New Field and select Digital Signature from the drop-down.
  3. Move the cursor over the page to the desired location and click to place the field.
  4. The field is named Signature1 by default. Click the Required Field checkbox.
  5. Close Form Editing mode and click the signature to test the field, opening the Sign Document dialog.
  6. To allow signing by Adobe Reader users, choose File > Save as Other > Reader Extended PDF > Enable More Tools.
  7. Read the dialog about Usage Rights. Click Save Now to name and save the file.

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5 comments

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Lori Kassuba

7, 2014-07-22 22, 2014

Hi R. Dalton,

Can you post your question here and please include a link to the form in question if possible so more Experts can help you interactively:
http://answers.acrobatusers.com/AskQuestion.aspx

Thanks,
Lori

R. Dalton

10, 2014-07-21 21, 2014

Lori,

I did in a post immediately prior to my last, but for some reason the screeners decided to scrub it.  Perhaps uit was my mention of another software program not prodeuced by the same company as Adobe products.
Again, I created a table (in a popular word document crating software), printed it to an Adobe PDF, then opended in Adobe Pro XI and edited the form.  Saved as an Adobe form.

Lori Kassuba

11, 2014-07-18 18, 2014

Hi R. Dalton,

Can you tell me how this particular PDF file is created?

Thanks,
Lori

R. Dalton

1, 2014-07-15 15, 2014

Lori…Forgot to asnswer yor last question.  Under the Security tab is show “No Security” applied.  BTW, I saw the LiveCycle Designer you emtioned too.  No idea what it does though.

R. Dalton

1, 2014-07-15 15, 2014

Lori,

Under File > Properties > Description > Application I show the following: PScript5.dll Version 5.2.2

Under Advanced I showds Adobe Distiller 11.0 (Windows); PDF Version 1.6 (Acrobat 7.x).

Lori Kassuba

1, 2014-07-15 15, 2014

Hi R. Dalton,

What information is listed under File > Description > Application? Is there any security on the file?

Thanks,
Lori

R. Dalton

10, 2014-07-14 14, 2014

For Lori Kassuba:

Lori, I’m not familar with the term “LiveCycle Designer.”  I created a table in MS Word then converted it to a PDF, then in Adobe Pro XI I converted the PDF to a form, editing as needed to get the finished product.  The strange thing is that coworker with Adobe Pro 10 was able to convert the form and enable for Reader without issue; however, Adobe Pro XI could not.  This appears to be a shortfall of Adobe Pro XI.

Randy Razook

5, 2014-07-13 13, 2014

This was an Adobe Acrobat Pro X form. I added 3 signature blocks but could have added more if needed. Was able to save as Reader Extended PDF.

Lori Kassuba

9, 2014-07-13 13, 2014

Thanks Randy Razook for your comment!

Lori

Lori Kassuba

9, 2014-07-13 13, 2014

Hi R. Dalton,

Was this particular form created using in LiveCycle Designer? If so, then the digital signature capability is not available for reader-enabled forms.

Thanks,
Lori

Randy Razook

6, 2014-07-10 10, 2014

Great tutorial on how to enter multiple signature requests in one document.

R. Dalton

1, 2014-07-10 10, 2014

Adobe Pro XI will not convert my form to Adobe Reader Enabled.  When I attempt this operation the system askes me to name the file, then generates an error sting this form cannot be Reader Enabled.  Ther is no explanation provided on why the error occurred or how to remedy the situation.  My form requires 5 signatures in routing for approval.

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