Generate a flat PDF and keep E-Signature

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Jul 04, 2022 Jul 04, 2022

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Hello, 

Is there a way to flatten a pdf and keep the E-signature field ? 

 

Thanks in advance for you answer.

 

Anouk

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Jul 04, 2022 Jul 04, 2022

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No. Flattening will convert any signature you applied to a static image. In fact, Acrobat doesn't allow you to flatten a signed file. The only way to do it is to print it to a PDF printer, which is not advised in any case.

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Why is it not advised.  Aren't you wanting to preserve the signature?

 

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That process does the opposite of preserving the signature. It gets rid of it.

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So how does one preserve the signature.

 

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Once a signature is done, a file cannot be changed. End of story. Flattening is changing. So, absolutely no.

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What do you mean by "preserve", exactly?

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Cannot be changed.  Now I have a document with client's signature for submission to the government in the business process.

 

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A digital signature can't be changed, unless you're the person who applied it. Any such attempt will invalidate it immediately.

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