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Sunday, April 15, 2007

Signing a PDF with just freewares

Yesterday somebody asked me how to sign a PDF in our UMPCs. Of course, I could start mentioning few tools that allow you to do that, but what about doing that for free? If you want to do that for free you will need a "PDF printer" type of program and Journal, which comes installed with Vista. There are many programs out there that allow you to print into a PDF file, but I'll recommend PrimoPDF and the reason why is because it's full compatible with Vista, and of course, a freeware.

So, how we can sign our PDF for free? Simple, print your PDF to a Journal File, sign it there, in Journal, and then pint it back from Journal to a PDF file using the PrimoPDF printer.

The whole process can be seen in this short video:

Video: Sign a PDF


  1. Great tip! Between saving me $100 on another copy of PDF Converter (from Nuance) and improving the usability of my Q1B 1000% with awesome HID drivers, you are the best!

  2. You might also try Jarnal also, which is a free open-source Java-based program that is capable of marking up PDFs (and other documents) even more easily -- and because it's Java, you can view, edit, and manipulate files on all of your PCs, Macs, Linux workstations, etc.

    I just ran across it a few days ago and have been trying it out. So far I'm pretty impressed.

  3. I really do not have good experiences with Java applications. :(


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