The Adobe Reader 7.0.8 is available as a free download from the Adobe webspace.

With Adobe Reader 7.0.8 one can add comments to a pdf which has previously been produced using the Acrobat 3D program and which during that producing has been given the security setting that commenting is allowed. One can then save the annotated version of the pdf as a new pdf.

An interesting part of the commenting process using Adobe Reader 7.0.8 is that one can add stamps to the document. Various plain and personalized stamps are provided by Adobe Reader 7.0.8. There is also a facility to generate custom stamps, using a pdf as the source for the stamp.

This page provides some pdfs which are suitable for use for producing custom stamps in Adobe Reader 7.0.8. They are not personalized custom stamps, though producing the stamp within Adobe Reader 7.0.8 does allow personalization to be added to the description of the stamp, though not to the displayed design of the stamp.

The first stamp pdf listed was produced as part of my learning curve. It can be viewed using Adobe Reader: it is just an ordinary pdf, though with a smaller page area than most pdfs. When using it to produce a stamp in Adobe Reader 7.0.8 please note how the white surround is made invisible automatically by Adobe Reader 7.0.8. After a stamp has been applied to the annotatable pdf, please note how the name of the font in the stamp pdf becomes listed in the fonts list of the now annotated pdf.

William Overington

29 August 2006

There is a pdf with 3d content which is annotatable available from the following web page.

Here are some stamp pdfs which I have produced. Many are produced after 29 August 2006. They started as examples for learning about how to produce custom stamps using Adobe Reader 7.0.8 yet have now started to be produced as art.




The stamp produced by Adobe Reader 7.0.8 using the excellent.PDF stamp is transparent with yellow CMYK lettering. This stamp can look especially good when placed in the lower left corner of a design which is presented on a black background.


This stamp asks about the recyclability of materials being used for a product.


This stamp has a grid of lines based on a centimetre grid.


This stamp is two-dimensional yet has a representation of a cube drawn upon it.


A stamp for superb precision.


A stamp showing a font which is intended to have the look of lettering drawn on a computer graph plotter using a pen.


A stamp using a character from a font produced using the Alphabet Synthesis Machine.


What happens if the pdf used to produce the stamp has two pages? Here is a pdf which has two pages.


This pdf for producing a stamp has lots of text in it at a very small size, yet that text can be made larger by enlarging the view of the stamp. So, using a custom stamp in this manner can be a very effective way of including a large amount of text in a stamp yet keeping the default view of the stamp not very large. Most of the text is set at 4 point, yet the information necessary to display the font correctly at larger sizes is available within the pdf automatically as it is stored independently of font display size.


The fontinastamp pdf is an experiment in a suggested new technology named font_in_a_stamp. The pdf contains glyphs for uppercase and lowercase letters of the basic Latin alphabet, digits and some punctuation characters, together with a glyph for U+2615 HOT BEVERAGE all from the 10000 font. The glyph for HOT BEVERAGE has been added to the 10000 font so that this example of a font_in_a_stamp can be produced in a pdf document. The idea is that a custom stamp for use with Adobe Reader could include glyphs for rarer characters and that maybe Adobe Reader technology can be developed so that the glyphs embedded in such a stamp could then be used to make comments using Adobe Reader. This could be a useful technique for mathematical symbols. Certainly some fonts could not be used to produce a font_in_a_stamp due to licensing restrictions, yet other fonts, maybe sponsored custom fonts, could be so used and the technique could be very useful. As the 10000 font is my intellectual property I am able and happy to state that this stamp can be used in experiments and development to find out if the glyphs in the stamp can be used to add notes using Adobe Reader: also in real use if the technology can be developed. The suggested test is as to whether a note using the hot beverage symbol from the 10000 font can be added. Once that technology can be established, complete with protections in the technology for people who do not want their fonts used in such a manner, the technique could perhaps be useful for adding comments involving rarer glyphs into commentable pdf documents, such as, for example, the glyphs for mathematical expressions.

William Overington

1 September 2006


Most of the fonts used for producing the lettering in the above designs are all available on the fonts page of this webspace.

The Cranes_before_a_gibbous_moon font used in cranesstamp.PDF is availabe from font0200.htm. Readers might like to have a look at font0000.htm as well.