Introduction

Dialog boxes are areas within the workspace where you make choices. The five primary dialog boxes are: Encryption Options, Advanced Options, Page Options, Color, and View Image Placement.

Encryption Options dialog box (found on the Main Tab)

Use the Encryption Options dialog box to secure your stamped PDF output. The dialog box contains the following options. StampPDF DE applies the options to each output file that you stamp.

Owner Password (required if you wish to apply encryption to stamped file(s) ) — A PDF password that controls who may set passwords and permissions for modifying and saving a document. You must supply an Owner password to encrypt stamped PDF output. The Owner password may be any combination of letters (case-sensitive), numbers, and special characters except: / : * ? “ < > | ^ &  Retype the password in the Verify field.

Note: The Owner password is also called a Master password or Permissions password. The Owner password cannot be the same as the User password.

User Password (optional) — A PDF password that controls who may open and view a document. If you do not supply a User password, anybody will be able to open the document. The User password may be any combination of letters (case-sensitive), numbers, and special characters except: / : * ? “ < > | ^ & Retype the password in the Verify field.

Note: The User password is also called an Open password. The User password cannot be the same as the Owner password.

Hide Passwords checkbox — If you check this option, the password will appear as asteriks and you will not be able to view the password in plain text on the screen.

Key Length — The level of encryption you want to apply. There are two options:

40-bit (low-level encryption):  Applies the lowest level of security and the output document can be opened in Acrobat 3 and above.

128-bit (high-level encryption):  Applies the highest level of security, but  the output document can only be opened in Acrobat 5 and above.

Print — The type of security to apply regarding printing the document. There are three options:

Allow Printing:  Enables the document to be printed normally.

Do Not Allow Printing:  Disables printing. When the document is opened, the print icon on the toolbar and the Print option on the File menu will not be available.

Do Not Allow High Resolution Printing (available for 128-bit encryption only):  Allows only low resolution printing at 150 dpi. This makes it more difficult to recapture the text using OCR (Optical Character Recognition) when the document is scanned.

Changes — The type of security to apply regarding changing the document. There are five options:

Allow Changes:  Permits all changes except extracting pages.

Do Not Allow Changes:  Does not permit any changes to the document without an Owner password.

Inserting, Deleting and Rotating Pages (available for 128-bit encryption only):  Only allows insertion of pages, deletion of pages, rotation of pages, and addition of bookmarks. Does not allow modification of text or graphics, addition of comments or form fields, filling in form fields, or digitally signing the document.

Filling in Form Fields and Signing:  Only allows filling in form fields and digitally signing the document. Does not allow modifying or adding comments to the document.

Commenting, Filling in Form Fields and Signing:  Only allows adding comments and annotations, filling in form fields, and digitally signing the document. Does not allow modifying the document.

Do Not Allow Copying Text or Graphics — Indicates whether copying the document contents is allowed. Check the box to prevent copying of the content of the document. Clear the check mark to allow the content of the document to be copied.

Do Not Allow Accessibility (available for 128-bit encryption only) — Indicates whether screen readers for the visually impaired are allowed to access the content. Check the box to prevent screen readers for the visually impaired to access the document content (not recommended).  Clear the check mark to allow screen readers for the visually impaired to access the document content.

Reset button — Restores the Encryption Options dialog box to its default state.

OK button — Saves the encryption settings and closes the Encryption Options dialog box.

Cancel button — Closes the Encryption Options dialog box without saving the encryption settings.

Advanced Options dialog box (found on the Main Tab)

Use the Advanced dialog box to specify advanced input, output, and logging options for the stamping operation.

The dialog box contains the following options:

Save Linearized for Fast Web Viewing — Indicates whether or not to linearize the PDF output when it is saved. Check the box to linearize the output when saved.  Clear the check mark and the output is not linearized when saved. When a file is linearized for web delivery, individual pages can be rendered before the entire document has downloaded. This enables users to start reading the document sooner

Bates Number PDFs Consecutively — If you are stamping bates numbers you can check this option to consecutively bates number all the documents in the File List section. If this option is unchecked and you are stamping bates numbers, each file in the File List section will all start with the same bates number.

Start Bates Numbering using # — Allows you to choose which number to start at with Bates numbering.

Owner Password to process encrypted file:  — The Owner password of an encrypted PDF file. You cannot stamp an encrypted file without an Owner password. (The User password will not work. You must supply the Owner password.)

Note: All secured files that you stamp at the same time must have the same Owner password. If you want to stamp files that have different Owner passwords, group the files by password and perform a separate stamping operation for each group.

Hide Password checkbox — If you check this option, the password will appear as asteriks and you will not be able to view the password in plain text on the screen

Ouput File Options / Rename Output File — This section lets you set various options for output file names, as well as page and document numbering.

Link char — A separator character to appear between the Outfile Name Parameters. Do not use special characters such as  / : * ? “ < > | ^ &

Prefix — A word or letters to be used as the prefix to the filename. The prefix will be followed by the Link char and the next option in the Outfile Name Parameters (if one is present).

Suffix — Characters to be used as the suffix to the Outfile Name

Starting Page # — Enter a number here if you want to number the PDF files that are saved after stamping

Starting Document # — If you have entered a value in the Starting Document # field of the Rename Output File section, then that value will be used for the document # parameter

Select Outfile Name Parameters —

Format — (numbers in the file name using zeros)  First choose from three numbering options: Page Numbers, Document Numbers or both Page and Document Numbers, then you can indicate how many places you want between 3 and 8 for these numbering schemes.

§  Entering 6 for the number of places will appear as 000001, 000002

§  Entering 3 for the number of places will appear as 001, 002

Override Output Filename — Click to check this option if you want all the files to have the same filename. This is normally done when you are using document numbering to distinguish the  individual files saved.

Note: if you are overriding the output file name, use page or document numbers to create unique output file names.  Output files with identical filenames will be overwritten.

Outfile Name — This section has two columns for Outfile Name Parameters. The left side is a list of all the parameter options. The right side list is for the parameters you want to use. There are Add and Remove buttons to move the parameters from left to right or right to left. The order from top down, in which the Outfile Name Parameters appear in the right hand column determines their order in the outfile name. The parameters are: prefix, filename, start page #, end page #, document # and suffix

Logfile Options — Lets you view the existing log file or designate a new log file name and location.

Log File Path field — The name and location of the current log file. If no log file path is specified, StampPDF DE writes progress and error messages to the default log file, StampPDFDE_log.txt, and places the file in the folder specified for your stamped PDF output.

Show Log File button — Displays all progress and error messages in the current log file.

Browse button — Opens the Set Log File dialog box, where you can designate a new name and location for the log file.

OK button — Saves your changes and closes the Advanced dialog box.

Cancel button — Closes the Advanced dialog box without making any changes.

Page Options dialog box (found on the Stamp Tab)

Use the Page Options dialog box to define the area on a page within which a stamp can be placed.  Here is where you also set Open Mode and View Mode options for the stamped output files. The dialog box contains the following options:

Top Margin — The amount of space, in points, from the top of the document to the stamping area.

Bottom Margin — The amount of space, in points, from the bottom of the document to the stamping area.

Left Margin — The amount of space, in points, from the left side of the document to the stamping area.

Right Margin — The amount of space, in points, from the right side of the document to the stamping area.

Open Mode — Lets Acrobat know whether to  show the navigation pane with bookmarks, thumbnails, or not at all.

Use Default: Use settings from original file

Show Bookmarks: Display the bookmarks pane when the output file is opened

Show Thumbnails: Display the thumbnails pane when the output file is opened

Show None: Do not open any side pane

View Mode — Sets the zoom level Acrobat opens the document at: actual size, fit height, page, visible, or width in window

Use Default

Actual Size: The document opens at actual size

Fit Height: The document opens so that the full height of the page fits into the document window.

Fit Page: The document opens so that the full page fits into the document window.

Fit Width: The document opens so that the full width of the page fits into the document window.

Fit Visible: The document opens so that the visible area of the page fits into the document window.

OK button — Saves the current page margins and closes the Page Margins dialog box.

Cancel button — Closes the Page Margins dialog box without saving any changes.

Color (found on the Stamp Tab)

Use the Color dialog box to select an RGB color for a text stamp. The dialog box contains the following options:

Basic colors — Displays an array of basic colors. Click a basic color to select it.

Custom colors — Displays any custom colors you have defined. Click a custom color to select it.

Define Custom Colors — Displays additional controls, which you can use to define custom colors. You can define custom colors using:

  • The color matrix and slider
  • The Hue, Sat, and Lum boxes
  • The Red, Green, and Blue boxes

Color|Solid — Displays the custom color selected with the color matrix and slider or specified in the custom color boxes (Hue, Sat, Lum or Red, Green, Blue).

Color Matrix — A matrix that you can use in combination with the slider to select a custom color. Move the pointer horizontally to select hue and vertically to select saturation.

Slider — A slider that you can use in combination with the color matrix to select a custom color. Move the slider up to increase luminosity and down to decrease luminosity.

Hue — The hue of a color. Possible values range from 0 to 239. You can use any combination of hue, saturation, and luminosity to create a custom color.

Sat — The saturation, or purity, of a color in a specified hue. Possible values range from 0 to 240, with 240 being the purest. You can use any combination of hue, saturation, and luminosity to create a custom color.

Lum — The luminosity, or brightness, of a color. Possible values range from 0 to 240, with 0 being the darkest and 240 being the lightest. You can use any combination of hue, saturation, and luminosity to create a custom color.

Red — The amount of red in a color. Possible values range from 0 (none) to 255 (100%). You can use any combination of red, green, and blue to create a custom color.

Green — The amount of green in a color. Possible values range from 0 (none) to 255 (100%). You can use any combination of red, green, and blue to create a custom color.

Blue — The amount of blue in a color. Possible values range from 0 (none) to 255 (100%). You can use any combination of red, green, and blue to create a custom color.

Add to Custom Colors button — Adds the color displayed in the Color|Solid box to your custom colors.

OK button — Closes the Color dialog box and places the Red, Green, and Blue values of the selected color on the Stamp tab.

Cancel button — Closes the Color dialog box without changing any color values on the Stamp tab.

View Image Placement (found on the Stamp Tab > Image)

To view the image placement dialog, you must check “Place Image with Left/Bottom Coordinates”.  Use the Image Location dialog box to define where you want to place an image stamp item by positioning it on a preview page. The dialog box contains the following options:

Preview Image and Page — A display area showing a preview of the page and the image to be stamped. To define where you want the image to be stamped, drag it with the mouse pointer.

Bottom — The number of points from the bottom of the page to the bottom stamp margin

Left — The number of points from the bottom of the page to the left stamp margin

Scale — The scale of the image to be stamped, relative to its original size.

OK button — Closes the Image Location dialog box and places the scale, along with the bottom and left margins of the preview image, on the Stamp tab.

Cancel button — Closes the Image Location dialog box without saving any changes.