Protecting Data Within a PDF Form?

Discussion in 'Design and Graphics' started by DesignerGenes, Jul 10, 2009.

  1. DesignerGenes
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    May 4, 2009
    Omaha, NE
    I am putting together a quote PDF form for sales to use here at work. Basically, the sales person fills out the form (in Reader) with pricing, specs, versions, etc. and will email it to a client for approval to proceed with the job.

    I am currently the only one in the office that has Acrobat Pro...

    I want to know how to secure the information in the form, so the client cannot change the pricing, approve it and send it back to us. There are 2 fields at the bottom of the form that they should be able to fill out, their signature and a check box.

    I've been looking for answers, but not finding anything. I am assuming that this cannot be done in Reader, but i wanted to check before i brought up the idea of purchasing 10 more licenses for Acrobat Pro. :rolleyes:

    Thanks folks.
  2. sigmadog
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    Feb 11, 2009
    near Spokane, WA
    Actually, having the client fill out a form and sign it CAN be done with Acrobat Reader.

    You need to build the form in Acrobat Pro, then under the "Advanced" menu select "Extend Features in Adobe Reader"; then save the file. The client should then be able to fill out the form and sign it digitally using only Acrobat Reader. I do this with my proofs every day.

    Now, as far as making portions of the quote secure from client changes (the prices and such). I'm sure there is a way to do that in Acrobat Pro, though it's not something I've done, so I can't really help you there.

    I'd recommend looking deeper into this before buying multiple Pro licenses – you might just save a ton of moolah, and win employee of the month in the process.
  3. Designer Dale
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    Designer Dale

    Mar 25, 2009
    Folding space
    Just a thought. Could you build the sections you want to keep secure in a unique professional font? Something that a client is not likely to have on hand? While it would not secure the doc, it would make alterations obvious.

  4. telecomm
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