Results 1 to 3 of 3
  1. #1

    Member Since
    Jun 11, 2012
    Easiest way to flatten PDFs?
    I frequently insert my signature into Word documents and then distribute them as PDFs. On the PC side, I would print them to a simple PDF driver (not the expensive Acrobat driver), which would create a flattened PDF of the document. The PDF option built into OSX is great, but it doesn't flatten the PDF. That is, my signature remains as a separate graphic that anyone can highlight and copy.

    I haven't been able to find a simple way on a Mac to create a flattened PDF in which the layers are un-extractable. I've read a number of complicated java script ideas--over my head.

    Ironically, a number of apps on the iPad do this quite easily. So for now, I have to take the cumbersome steps of sending the file to my iPad, where I can easily flatten it.

    Does anyone know of a simple (and cheap) solution for OSX?

  2. #2

    vansmith's Avatar
    Member Since
    Oct 19, 2008
    Early 2015 13" rMBP
    Have you tried Word's built in PDF saving option? You can save as a PDF by changing the file type in the save dialog box to PDF.
    Important Links: Community Guidelines : Use the reputation system if you've been helped.
    M-F Blog :: Write for the blog
    Writing a Quality Post

  3. #3

    Member Since
    Sep 11, 2012
    Flatten PDFs - the easy and free way
    You could also right click on the file and choose "Open With", then choose "Safari" and then print from there using the Print PDF function on the bottom left corner of the print screen. This will flatten the pdf and does not require any work with javascript or terminal.

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Similar Threads

  1. Easiest way to network a g3 with a g5?
    By planck in forum Internet, Networking, and Wireless
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 09-16-2008, 04:41 PM
  2. The Easiest Backup Ever
    By mathogre in forum Schweb's Lounge
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 03-04-2007, 11:42 AM
  3. help with photoshop:flatten images
    By Maul in forum Images, Graphic Design, and Digital Photography
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 01-22-2006, 10:01 PM
  4. The easiest thing... ever!
    By pitythefool in forum Switcher Hangout
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 09-11-2004, 03:54 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts