Watch how to use the Flatten tool in pdfDocs
An important step when applying a digital signature, stamp, or annotation to your PDFs is to flatten the text and image layers. This ensures the contents of your documents are secure because they can't be moved or edited.
Protect your digital signatures in pdfDocs
Digital signatures or annotations you apply to PDF documents are objects and layers that can be moved and edited by someone else - by accident or intentionally. Using the Flatten tool in pdfDocs to flatten text and images locks this content down, so it becomes part of the page. It ensures any changes you make to your documents are permanent.
The Flatten tool in pdfDocs is also a quick way to remove hyperlinks in your document while retaining bookmarks. Bookmarks make it easy to split a large document set into single files. pdfDocs creates new PDFs according to top-level bookmarks and saves these PDFs with the bookmark name as the file name. This workflow is especially useful when you need to meet file sharing size limits.
More ways to secure the contents of your PDFs
With pdfDocs, you can secure your PDF documents with encryption and password protection, and apply restrictions on printing and modifying the text. You can also update the security settings to prevent readers from changing or copying the contents. Each Organizer Project can have its own security settings, depending on how sensitive or confidential the documents are.
Importantly, the Redaction tool in pdfDocs is a failsafe and permanent way to remove text, part of an image, an area of a document, or entire pages. The Search and Redact function lets you find multiple instances of the same text string, like a name, email, or Social Security Number, and redact them all, or just a select few.
Go here to learn more about using the Redaction tool in pdfDocs and see the Search and Redact function explained.