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Chapter EIGHTEEN. Making Your Documents Secure > TIP 146: Comparing Documents

TIP 146: Comparing Documents

What if you have had several signatures on a document and have granted users rights to change the content as the workflow progresses? How can you keep track of who has done what to your document? Simple. Acrobat includes a neat feature that allows you to compare documents based on signatures. Each time a document is signed by another person, a copy of the document as it exists when they signed it is appended to the original document, which allows you to view changes.

What Are You Comparing?

Click the pull-down arrow and choose a level of Page by Page visual comparison. The default is the detailed analysis (shown in Figure 146b); choose Normal or Coarse. These alternate choices still display the same information but in less detail. For example, in the sample document, the extra signature fields are circled individually using a Detailed analysis, and circled as a group in a Coarse analysis. You can access these tools in the Compare Documents dialog, which is described on page 375.

Figure 146b. Scroll through the document to see the differences between the versions. The signature version information is shown at the top of each page.




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