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Installation: Linux - SwissSigner
To install the SwissSigner Software follow the above instructions of the installation of the SuisseID Software. When this has been completed successfully, you can install the SwissSigner directly from the SwissSign Repository using the package manager of your Linux distribution:
Debian / Ubuntu
Graphical version: use the Software Center (Gnome) or Add/Remove programs (KDE)
command line: apt-get install swisssigner
Graphical version: use YaST
command line: zypper in swisssigner
Graphical version: PackageKit
command line: yum install swisssigner
To use SuisseID with SwissSigner please ensure the following:
Two main goals are pursued with the digital signature/certification:
1. Integrity (inalterability)
The digital signature of documents guarantees that a document has not been changed since the time the signature was attached. If there are subsequent changes the signature will be displayed as «invalid» on the document.
2. Statement of will (legally binding)
A digital signature can also be used for a (legally binding) statement of will (content commitment). The «legal quality» of the digital signature varies according to which signature certificate is used (advanced, qualified) and in the case of qualified certificates is on a par with the manual signature according to the Swiss Signature Act ZertES.
The meaning and purpose of “certification” are described at the end of these instructions.
Step-by-step instructions: SwissSigner single signature
1. Start the SwissSigner software
2. Open the corresponding document
Option A: Open the file using the symbol «Folder» (Fig.1) and locate the appropriate document
Option B: Open a file from your Home screen
Option C: Drag documents with drag & drop into the SwissSigner
Opening image files (JPEG, BMP...) automatically initiates conversion into PDF.
3. In the bar click on the symbol «Sign» and with the left mouse button draw a field at the intended place for the signature (Fig. 2) and then click on the green symbol «Sign»
You are now asked to enter your personal PIN (Fig. 3)
4. Now you have the choice of entering the location and reason as well as setting the language for the text in the watermark of the signature (Fig. 4)
It is also possible to put a signature image in the watermark.
5. In the next step you can define where to save and the name of your signed PDF (Fig. 5)
6. If it is a qualified signature you are explicitly asked again to enter your personal PIN (Fig. 6)
7. When signing the PDF document is:
If there is a connection with the SwissSign online services:
8. SwissSigner automatically checks the created signature and its characteristics. The details can be displayed by double clicking on the signature (Fig. 7).
9. It is also possible to send directly via an e-mail client or send confidentially via IncaMail (Fig. 8)
Instructions: SwissSigner multiple signatures
Put as many signature fields as you need (analogous to the single signature), put your signature in one of the fields.
Now the document can be signed by other persons (Fig. 9).
Instructions: SwissSigner signatures - special case certification
A PDF document can be visibly or non-visibly certified after completion. This means the author has no content commitment for the document but ensures that the content is not changed after he has worked on it.
In some cases the author of a document is not the person releasing the document who signs it. Examples:
With the visible or non-visible certification only the form and signature fields can be filled in by third parties. The document is still displayed as “unchanged”.
For certification please proceed as follows:
Please click on Sign / Special / Multi-signature (Fig. 10):
The next step is to place a field for the certification and another field for the countersignature.
Then click «certify » (Fig. 11)
For the other steps proceed according to the «Instructions: SwissSigner single signature».
Instructions: Checking signatures with SwissSigner
When opening a document containing signatures these are automatically checked.
If everything is in order a green bar appears (Fig. 12.)
To receive a more detailed report click on Document / «Validate...», then optionally on «Save validation report...»
The following features are part of the check:
The following examples show invalid signatures:
The document was changed after it was signed. (Fig. 13)
Validation could not be carried out. (Fig. 14)
A signature was made with a revoked certificate. (Fig. 15)
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