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Create a digital signature with MacOS X preview for your PDFs


Capture d'écran - Aperçu avec la fonction signature des PDF

Do you need to return a signed PDF document with your hand but you do not have a scanner and do not want to send it back by the post? Prefer to create a digital signature directly affixable to a PDF file.A feature specific to Preview, the PDF reader of Mac OS X.

The first step is simply to open your PDF document in Preview.

So now click on the marker icon.

Capture d'écran - Aperçu avec la fonction signature des PDF
Screenshot — Preview with the signature function of PDFs

Notice the appearance of a new toolbar. The icon in the shape of S has a drop-down menu with 2 options:

  • Create a signature from integrated iSight : choose this option if you do not yet have a signature;
  • Manage signatures : access the list of signatures for deletion;
Capture d'écran - Création d'une signature numérique avec iSight
Screenshot — Creating a digital signature with iSight

Also note the appearance of your different signatures in the menu.

Choose the first solution: the iSight webcam will activate. You will be asked to scratch your signature on a piece of paper legibly and then scan it with the camera.

You will be able to adjust the result in real time. Use the blue line to position your sheet of paper.

Capture d'écran - Création de la signature avec iSight
Screenshot — Creating the signature with iSight

When you are satisfied with the result, click on Accept.

All you have to do is click where you want to insert the signature, directly on the PDF.

This principle of digital signature is very practical.We will appreciate the fact that this feature is available natively in Preview under Mac OS X.

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