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Pdf Files Are Not Secure W/o Saving It Right.

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Mar 19, 2002
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Certified General Appraiser

For pdf files to be secure in acrobat, the file must be created and then saved again with security settings and a password.

Does anyone know how to get the security in there all in one step without creating the file and then saving it again? Its a bit of a hassle.

Also, if anyone does this through wintotal edi, I'd like to know how to set this up.

Thanks in advace for any responses,


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Jan 15, 2002
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Gvmt Agency, FNMA, HUD, VA etc.
You have to save the file once created in PDF format. No if and's or but's about it. This is the way Adobe is set up. At least as far as I have found unless someone else knows another way.

Andrew Jennings

Freshman Member
Jan 28, 2003
It depends on your appraisal software of course. I work on HighPerForm and Appraisal Studio for United Systems, and we've worked hard to make the integration with Adobe Acrobat as seamless as possible.

In our software, if you set up a remote mailbox for a specific email address, then all you have to do is drag your report and drop it on that mailbox. Our software converts it to PDF (encrypted), attaches it to an email, and sends the email automatically. No more remembering where you saved the file or attaching it and sending the email manually.

You can download Appraisal Studio and try it for 30 days if you're open to trying other software:
Jan 13, 2002
Professional Status
Retired Appraiser
In Alamode:

When you click on Print a window pops up with 3 sections. The one of the far right is for the PDF/General Settings & Security.

In there, click on PDF Security Settings.

In the first section check 3 of the 4 boxes, leaving just the first "Print PDF" on unchecked.

Put a password where it says Change security at the bottom of this section.

Go up and click on OK.

Now, everytime you print to Adobe, it will automatically be locked and secured.
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