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Auto incrementing number stamp in pdf docuemtns

I have a pdf document of an engineering drawing.  I'd like to be able to mark up the drawing and label certain areas with numbers (ie 1, 2, 3, etc...).  I'd like the numbers inside of a "bubble" so it stands out in the document.

I've seen the annotation abilities in software such as Foxit, but basically you have to draw the text box, then type the number, then resize the text box fit.  I was looking for a way to speed up the process as users need to number quite a few areas in a single document... sometimes 100+.
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Joe Winograd, EE MVE 2015&2016DeveloperCommented:
Although it's more often used in the legal and medical professions, I think a Bates Stamp would work for you. There are many Bates Stamp packages out there (just Google it). Here's one that I've heard good things about, although I haven't personally used it:

http://www.intellipdf.com/bates_stamp.htm

Regards, Joe
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bobct1Author Commented:
Joe,

Bates stamp software... nice tool, but it's not really what I am looking for for this application.  The attached image is an example of a section of what I am talking about.  The numbers correspond to numbers on another document that contains additional information.  The Bates Software that you sent a link to is limited to only 16/32 stamps on a pages, depending if you get the standard or pro versions.  Secondly, I don't know that it will allow the type of placement that we need.

Thanks for the input!
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bobct1Author Commented:
The number in the image were done in Foxit Reader, but it was a fairly cumbersome process --> Create the circle, enter number, size it properly, etc... so they are not always the exact same shape or size.

I've also been able to do something similar in Powerpoint... but again, somewhat cumbersome.

I was looking for some sort of app that you can use the mouse pointer as a stamp to create those numbers... having the stamp increment by 1 automatically.
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Joe Winograd, EE MVE 2015&2016DeveloperCommented:
Should the stamp increment by 1 on just the current page, or across all pages of the current doc, or across multiple specified docs, or forever on all docs until you reset it?
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bobct1Author Commented:
Just the current page.  The current document is only a 1 page drawing... but I can see how having that functionality to go across all pages of a single doc could be useful.

These numbers will be used to reference notes in another document... ie an excel workbook or word doc.
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Joe Winograd, EE MVE 2015&2016DeveloperCommented:
Two ideas:

(1) Bluebeam's PDF Revu has a feature called Markup Sequencing:
http://www.bluebeam.com/us/products/revu/

Markup Sequencing includes a text box with a number (or letter) that can be set to increment automatically. Problem is, PDF Revu is a robust, relatively expensive product, and this may be the proverbial "killing a fly with a sledgehammer."

(2) Here's an article called "Create a stamp in Acrobat 6 Pro with automatic numbering" that may do the trick for you (assuming you have the full Acrobat, not just Adobe Reader):
http://nitman.com/2010/03/25/create-a-stamp-in-acrobat-6-pro-with-automatic-numbering/

Regards, Joe
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bobct1Author Commented:
I used option # 2
(2) Here's an article called "Create a stamp in Acrobat 6 Pro with automatic numbering" that may do the trick for you (assuming you have the full Acrobat, not just Adobe Reader):
http://nitman.com/2010/03/25/create-a-stamp-in-acrobat-6-pro-with-automatic-numbering/

Steps were a little different in Acrobat 9... but still worked.  Very happy user.

Awesome!  Thank you. Thank you. Thank you!
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NuclearOilCommented:
Bobct1,

We have to do the balloons on our engineering drawing too, the link you used is no longer there. Do you remember the instructions on how it was done?

Regards,
Robert
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