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Interactive PDF to flat pdf

New Here ,
Sep 21, 2020 Sep 21, 2020

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Hi,

 

I've created a pdf offer letter with some interactive elements, such as date, name, company name etc. to personalize the offer.

 

But how can I save the pdf when it's filled without being interactive so that the actual receiver of the pdf only gets the flattened file.

 

Thanks!

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Sep 22, 2020 Sep 22, 2020

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I'm assuming you have Acrobat, even though you posted in the Reader forum... There are several ways of doing it, based on how secure you want it to be.

 

Easiest (and the least secure) way is to set the fields as read-only.

 

Second best way (with medium security) is to flatten the file using a script, like this:

this.flattenPages();

 

The most secure way is to add a digital signature field and set it to lock all the fields when signed, and then sign it.

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Sep 22, 2020 Sep 22, 2020

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Thank you for your response!

 

Regarding the last option, how does this work?

I'm not familiar with running scripts within Acrobat pro.

 

Also, the design of the pdf has transparency in it. While testing other options this

was a dealbreaker most of the time. (e.g. print as pdf or converting to a word doc)

 

And second, what if someone that is going to use the document does not have pro version.

What would be the best approach for this?

 

Thanks again!

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Sep 22, 2020 Sep 22, 2020

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The last option doesn't require any scripts. You just add a Signature field, then go to its Properties, Signed tab and set it to lock all fields when signed. That's it.

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And none of these solutions have any effect on transparencies in the file.

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