Update: Dynamic Paid and Received Stamps

I was speaking with author David Blatner at the 2015 Adobe Max conference. David is a top speaker and author on many Adobe creative products. I was surprised to hear that he was using some Stamps from this blog, but he also informed me that a previous post on Dynamic Paid and Received Stamps was missing.

Mea culpa. I had meant to update the article, but had set it to Draft status.

Here’s your fix, David!

Unlike static stamps, Dynamic Stamps use a bit of JavaScript to enter variable information.

Via this article, you can download a set of four Paid and Received stamps:

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Four Types of Stamps
I included four types of stamps in this set:
– Received Stamp with current date
– Enter your own info Received Stamp
– Paid Stamp with current date
– Enter your own info Paid Stamp

 

Below, I cover:

  • Download
  • Installation
  • How to use the stamp

Enjoy!

Download the File

Received and Paid Stamps (68K)

Make sure you download the file, don’t just view it in your browser.

Install the Stamp File

You must INSTALL the Stamps file to use it. Opening it in Acrobat won’t do anything!

You will need to be an admin on your computer to install the file.

  1. Quit Acrobat if it is already open.
  2. Copy the Review Stamps.pdf file to the User Stamps folder:

Windows
Acrobat DC
C:\Users\USERNAME\AppData\Roaming\Adobe\Acrobat\DC\Stamps

Acrobat XI
C:\Users\USERNAME\AppData\Roaming\Adobe\Acrobat\11.0\Stamps

MAC OSX

Acrobat DC
/Macintosh HD/Users/USERNAME/Library/Application Support/Adobe/Acrobat/DC/Stamps/

Acrobat XI
/Macintosh HD/Users/USERNAME/Library/Application Support/Adobe/Acrobat/11.0/Stamps/

The folders might be hidden . . .

These folder locations may be hidden on your computer, so don’t freak out if you don’t see them at first.

Here are some tips for finding them:

WIN: Open an Explorer window and paste the path into it. Change the USERNAME to your user name and hit enter.
MAC: Open your Home folder, then go to the View menu and choose Show View Options. Check Show Library Folder.

On the Mac, you will need to show your Library folder

On the Mac, you will need to show your Library folder

Another way to find the Stamps folder

An alternate way to find your stamps folder is to have Acrobat tell you where it is located. You can do this from the JavaScript debugger. Here’s how:

  1. Hit CTRL-J (Win) or CMD-J (Mac)
  2. Enter app.getPath(“user”, “stamps”);
  3. Hit CTRL-ENTER (Win) or CMD-Enter (Mac) to see the stamps path

debugger

Using the Dynamic Paid and Received Stamps

The instructions below are for Acrobat DC. For instructions for Acrobat XI, see Adobe Help

    1. In the Right Hand Pane, choose Comment
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    2. Click the Stamp tool in the Stamps bar above the document window:
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    3. From the dropdown menu, choose Received and Paid Stamps category:003a_pull_down
    4. Stamp the document by clicking where you want to place the stamp to go.
      NOTE: if you chose one of the stamps which add custom text, a pop-up window will appear in which you can add your text:
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Sorry, No Custom Versions

Unfortunately, these stamps cannot be edited or changed. There’s “special sauce” in building them.

 

If you are really interested in building a custom dynamic stamp, check out  http://www.pdfscripting.com/ which has several dynamic stamps available and instructions for building them. Note that this is a paid website.

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