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Topic: Digital Signatures
Conf: (P-PDF) Mac Issues, Msg: 134579
From: kd4ttc
Date: 6/16/2005 12:24 PM

I use digital signatures in my medical records. I have stayed with Acrobat v 5. In version 7 to sign a document you have to deal with a number of dialogs that pop up during the signature process. I guess that is fine for someon who signs a couple of docuents a day. However, what I do is review 20 to 40 pages a day that need a signature applied. It is a mix of doucments - faxes, scanned papers, pdf's generated from word processing. I also frequently annotate the document.

On the mac pdf's do not show annotations or signautes when examined by preview. That wouldn't be so bad since one can use acrobat or acrobat reader to look at documents. However, if I want to do something like drag a bunch of PDF's to a desktop printer, digital signatures and annotations don't show up. Using the cups system also loses annotations and signatures, so automation from the terminal is difficult.

I look every few months on the internet for something that will meet this need. Rapid annotation and signature application to documents where I can sign say 8 to 10 documents a minute. I still cannot find anything that works on Mac. Even Adobe acrobat v 7 is worse than using version 5. Any ideas?

Steve Holland, M.D.

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