Stitching together custom dynamic stamp content

Numerous questions come up about dynamic stamps on – everything from what they are to how to build your own. Unfortunately there is precious little information on the subject, and what there is needs stitching together. So, I’ll take a moment to pull the pieces together by first discussing what a dynamic stamp is, how to create your own or modify an existing one, then finally how to prompt the user for information to display inside a custom dynamic stamp.

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Typing in online homework and quizzes

This comment came up recently on one of the editing tutorials on

I am new to Adobe Acrobat XI Pro for Students and Teachers and am attending a medical transcription course online.  I downloaded my lessons to Acrobat, but when I convert them to Word for typing out my written answers and quizzes, the format is all messed up.  How do I get them to stay in the same format as the class requirements.

My first reaction was to point out that there is a setting in the Word export from Acrobat that can correct this. Then, I thought, why are they going through the hassle of converting to Word when you can add the text in both Acrobat and Adobe Reader XI? Then I realized that these particular PDF files must not have any form fields on them, so it isn’t obvious at all how to add text to them. In fact, the handy little tools for adding text to PDF files aren’t even located in the Tools pane.

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Commenting on a secured PDF file

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I am a scientist who uses (or would like to) PDFs of journal papers. The problem is that some journals lock their PDFs so folks can not copy or change them (fair enough). The problem with locked PDFs is that you can not highlight important sections or add notes. For those of us without a photographic memory of everything we have read – these are really great tools.
My question then, is Adode considering developing a security level that would lock a PDF for copying/changing, but would allow for highlighting and note taking?

The good news is that it’s easy to allow recipients of your document to comment, but not copy or change a PDF document in Acrobat (not the free Reader). The bad news is that the original creator of the file needs to set this because you cannot change the security, unless you’re given the password of course.

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