Earlier this evening, I received an NDA from a potential client. They’re a big company, so it came with some understandably bulletproof language, and was signed by an exec in their legal department (via a pasted-in scan of their signature).
The instructions that accompanied the NDA said I should sign and print two copies, mail one, and fax or email a copy back to them.
We don’t have a fax machine, let alone a landline, so we typically just paste in our signatures, create a PDF and send it back. Unfortunately, it wasn’t that simple. Fortunately, Adobe’s silly PDF protection was felled quickly by the OS X Print command.
- Attempt to open original NDA from client in Adobe Illustrator.
Fail because of PDF password protection.
Open original NDA in Preview.
- Print, and Save PDF from within Preview.
- Open printed PDF in Adobe Illustrator.
Fail because of character-set mangling.
Open printed PDF in Preview.
- Save As generic PDF-X3 or whatever.
- Open exported PDF in Adobe Illustrator.
Fail because of charset mangling.
Smoke cigarette, bitch, drink whisky, beat dog, etc.
Create new multipage document in Adobe Illustrator.
- Use the Place command to put each page of exported PDF into new document.
- Copy & paste in signature from signature PDF.
- Save as PDF.