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If your PDF is not explicitly protected or locked by signing with a digital certificate, you can edit it without leaving any explicit traces. It is still possible to examine the file for some signs of modification, but those would not be direct or conclusive. Soon, the Content Authenticity Initiative will make its way into Type Into Pdf , and hopefully, other PDF solution vendors will follow suit. That will enable one to turn on edit tracking in a PDF (and other digital formats), so every edit is accounted for. Until then, it's very hard to confirm that an unprotected PDF was manipulated.

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The next best solution is to use a DRM-free PDF reader, and then go through it one line at a time and verify that the changes are in fact present. However, that's a lot of work. That's why I recommend doing a full PDF transformation first, and then doing a manual evaluation later. 4) Encrypted Media If you are using a file that is encrypted, then it is even harder to do evaluation on your particular document. A PDF file can be sent to a trusted recipient, such as a friend, and stored in a locked safe. You would expect that you'd still be able to copy your document over that safe and read it. But then the document is encrypted, and nobody but you can read it. Your file becomes untraceable. So in order to evaluate a PDF document, you'd have to decrypt it. That's a lot of work --.

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