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Creating an animated signature

With Live PDF you can create your own animated signature!

Here's how:

  • Print any of the Quick Print notes documents (or any other blank document) to the Live PDF printer.
  • In the New Live PDF dialog, add @animate as a recipient.
  • Sign the document and dock your pen.
  • An email will be sent that includes an animated GIF of what you wrote!

A few notes:

  • The animation includes only the most recent download.  So if you're not happy with your first signature, sign and download again.
  • The email with the animated GIF will be sent to the email address of whoever created the Live PDF (whoever printed it).
  • The animated GIF can be used as part of your email signature, or with many other applications.
  • To use the animated GIF, you can either right-click it in the email you received then copy and paste the image elsewhere, or you can use the GIF file attached to the email.
  • While most email applications and platforms (PC, Mac, tablet, phone) support and properly display the animated GIF, please note that Microsoft does not allow the GIF to "play" in Outlook on PCs.

You can further fine-tune how your animation appears (or "plays") by adding comments to the document in the Live PDF Feed.  When you add a comment, Live PDF rebuilds the animated signature file according to your preferences and emails it to you again.

Here are the preferences you can set, along with some examples of how to enter each:

  • #repeat sets whether your animation plays once (0) or continuously (1)
  • #frames sets how many parts your animation is divided into for playback.  In general, your optimal frames number will correlate to the length of your signature.  Default value is 50; maximum value is 200.
  • #delay creates a delay (in milliseconds, 1/1000 of a second) between each frame during playback.  Default value is 0; maximum value is 2000 (2 seconds).

To add a comment that expresses multiple preferences, string them together in a single comment.  Here are some examples:

  • #repeat 0 - creates a 50-frame file that plays only one time
  • #repeat 1 - creates a 50-frame file that plays continuously
  • #repeat 1 #frames 100 - creates a 100-frame file that plays continuously
  • #repeat 0 #frames 100 #delay 50 - creates a 100-frame file that plays only one time, which has a 0.05 second delay between each frame as it plays
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