How to add draw function on a fillable PDF

Community Beginner ,
Jan 17, 2020 Jan 17, 2020

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Hello,

I am creating a fillable PDF for work and one of the requirements is that the user can use the "draw functin under "fill and sign" to actually sign the form


However, when I create the fillable form, I am only able to add a signature text boxt that asks for a digital signature

 

What should I do?

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Jan 17, 2020 Jan 17, 2020

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Don't create a signature field.

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Jan 17, 2020 Jan 17, 2020

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You don't need to do anything to allow the user to do that. It's a built-in feature of Reader DC.

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Jan 19, 2020 Jan 19, 2020

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The "draw tool" in Acrobat/Reader is  one of the standard PDF markup annotations.  It's also called the pen or pencil tool. You may want to add something to your form to clue the user to use it for a signature. For example, add a "Sign" button that just runs the menu item that activates the pen tool. Have the text on the button change to "Done". Then when they push is a second time it activates the hand tool. Something like that. 

Thom Parker - Software Developer at PDFScripting
Use the Acrobat JavaScript Reference early and often

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Nov 19, 2021 Nov 19, 2021

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Can you please explain in steps how to do this?

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Dec 07, 2021 Dec 07, 2021

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The first part of this is running the menu item that activates the Pencil tool.

 

app.execMenuItem("Annots:Tool:InkMenuItem");

 

You can turn the tool off by running the Hand tool menu item;

 

app.execMenuItem("HandMenuItem");

 

Unfortunately, buttons on the form cannot be pushed when the pen tool is turned on. The user will have to turn this tool off manually. 

 

 

Thom Parker - Software Developer at PDFScripting
Use the Acrobat JavaScript Reference early and often

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Sep 22, 2022 Sep 22, 2022

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I am having the same issue... Is there a way to do this without coding? If not, where exactly do these commands go? I am able to add a button, but the option to run a hand tool menu item doesn't come up for me on the list of action choices. 

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Sep 27, 2022 Sep 27, 2022

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Unfortunately, the vast majority of Acrobat menu items were removed from the user interface in Acrobat X, or maybe it was 9.  Anyway, they are still there, but are hidden from the user. Which means they don't show up on the list of items for the "Execute a menu item" action.  Which is why I suggested using a script instead.

 

 

 

Thom Parker - Software Developer at PDFScripting
Use the Acrobat JavaScript Reference early and often

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Sep 27, 2022 Sep 27, 2022

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The scripts are entered into the "Run a JavaScript" Action of the "Mouse Up" trigger of a button field.  

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