Add header and footer to locked page

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Feb 03, 2020 Feb 03, 2020

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Hi, we're trying to add headers and footers to locked pages.  
Long story short: We get about 300 pages of signed documents that we used a script on to flatten the documents then we could add headers and footers to the pages and save as a new PDF.  However, the addon is too old and does not work any longer.

Is there any other way to do this?  At present we are running "Optimize PDF" with a few settings and that works but it is not an ideal solution.  We would like to take the 300+ pages, keep them locked (either via saving as image or something), merge them all together, and add a footer (like page numbers, dates, etc...)

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Acrobat SDK and JavaScript, Edit and convert PDFs, How to, Security digital signatures and esignatures

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Feb 03, 2020 Feb 03, 2020

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What addon does you use?

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Feb 03, 2020 Feb 03, 2020

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Flatten Pages.  It runs what I assume is java script code but that code seems to be broken or no longer usable.

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What happens when you use the script?

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Nothing.  Also, when importing the script, it states that our version of Adobe is too new.  It was made for X and lower but we have DC.

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Feb 03, 2020 Feb 03, 2020

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In Acrobat Pro you can use flatten pages in the preflight tool.

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Feb 04, 2020 Feb 04, 2020

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We'll try that, thanks Bernd.

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Feb 03, 2020 Feb 03, 2020

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You can download a new flatten tool here:

https://www.pdfscripting.com/public/Free_Acrobat_Automation_Tools.cfm

 

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

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Feb 04, 2020 Feb 04, 2020

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Thanks for the link.  We did try that flatten tool and it also failed.

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Any error message?

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Feb 05, 2020 Feb 05, 2020

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No, no error.  Just didn't work.

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Feb 04, 2020 Feb 04, 2020

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I'm sure you know that the issue with your PDFs is that they are signed. The effort you are going through is to basically remove the signatures so the header/footer can be applied. 

But, if these are your signatures, then you can write a scirpt to un-sign the PDF. If these are not your signatures, then printing might be the only way to remove them. There is also a way to write a plug-in to strip out the signatures and automate your entire process. Contact me through www.windjack.com if you are interested in such a solution. 

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

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