UW Digital ID (Mac) - Digitally Signing PDF Documents with Adobe Acrobat XI Pro

This document details how to digitally sign a PDF using Adobe Acrobat XI Pro on a Mac. This document assumes you already have a UW Digital Certificate.

  1. Step one is making sure you have your UW Digital Certificate stored in a .p12 file on your computer.  If you have installed your UW Digital Certificate into an email client or web browser you can export it to a file on your computer using the instructions below:

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  2. You will also need to download the Adobe Security Settings file that is used to validate the trust of your UW Digital Certificate.  You can download this file here: UWisconsin.acrobatsecuritysettings

  3. Open Adobe Acrobat, then navigate to the "Acrobat" menu and select "Preferences" then click "Security" from the left column and finally the "Import" button

  4. Select the UWisconsin.acrobatsecuritysettings file that you downloaded in step 2 and click "Open"


  5. The Import Security Settings Window will open, click "Import"


  6. The message box below will appear. Click "OK"


  7. Navigate to the "Advanced" menu and select "Manage Trusted Identities"

  8. Now the "Manage Trusted Identities" window will appear, select "Entrust.net CertificationAuthority(2048)" and click the button labeled "Edit Trust".

  9. Check the box labeled "Use this certificate as a trusted root" & "Certified documents", press "OK" and then "Close".

  10. Next from the Acrobat Menu select "Advanced" > "Security Settings"
  11. Click "Digital IDs" from the left hand menu and then click the button labeled "Add ID".

  12. Leave the default options selected and press "Next"

  13. Browse to the location of your UW Digital Certificate file, enter the corresponding password and press "Next" then "Finish".


  14. Your UW Digital Certificate is now installed and trusted within Adobe Acrobat.  You can verify this by selecting your UW Digital Certificate from the list below and clicking on the "Usage Options" button.

  15. Now to sign your document click the "Sign Document" option from the "Sign and Certify" button on the toolbar, use your mouse to select where your UW Digital Certificate will be displayed.

  16. Finally, select your UW Digital Certificate from the drop down menu, enter your password and click "Sign".







Keywords:UW Digital ID - Digitally Signing PDF Documents with Adobe Acrobat Mac PKI   Doc ID:16330
Owner:Steven T.Group:UW Digital ID
Created:2010-12-16 19:00 CDTUpdated:2015-04-24 08:14 CDT
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