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Adobe Acrobat 9 How-To #120: Creating a Digital ID Profile in Acrobat 9

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Like many systems for managing documents and processes, Acrobat uses a digital signature to secure content. Donna L. Baker explains how digital signatures work and discusses the features that Acrobat 9 offers for setting up and using digital IDs.

Changing Your Digital Appearance

The visual signature applied to a document, either a default or a custom signature, is referred to as an appearance. The appearance is composed of combinations of information fields (such as dates or text), the Acrobat logo, and/or imported graphics.

Instead of using the default signature appearance, sparkle it up with an image:

  1. Choose Edit > Preferences (Mac: Acrobat > Preferences) to open the Preferences dialog box, and choose Security from the Categories menu.
  2. Click New in the Digital Signatures preferences to open the Configure Signature dialog box.
  3. Enter the new signature's description and information (see Figure 2).
    • Type a title for the appearance. Use a descriptive name to make the appearance easier to recognize.
    • Select a Configure Graphic option. You can choose to use no graphic, an image from a file, or your name. To use an image, click Imported Graphic and then click the File button to open a Select Picture dialog box. Locate the file and click OK to close the dialog box; click OK again to close the picture's preview.
    • In the Configure Text section of the dialog box, specify the text options you want to display. All options are selected by default. Any choices that are deselected, such as Reason or Date, don't appear in the finished signature.
    Figure 2

    Figure 2 Specify the features for the custom signature appearance.

  4. If applicable, select a text direction and digits (not shown in the figure).
  5. Click OK to close the Configure Signature Appearance dialog box. The new signature appearance is added to the Appearance list. Click OK to close the Preferences dialog box.
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