Flare supports redacted text, which is text that is "blacked out" in Adobe PDF output. This is much more efficient than attempting to black out text or other content after the document has been printed.
Redaction occurs when content is permanently eliminated from a printed or electronic document. In place of that content, end users will see black rectangles that indicate where the original content was found.
Let's say you are generating a sensitive legal document, and the names of individuals and other personal information need to be hidden. In that case, you can perform redaction for those areas so that they are blacked out when you build the output.
Here is what a topic with redacted text might look like in the output:
Redaction is useful for distributing or selectively releasing classified, sensitive, or private information. You might want to redact your output so that hackers cannot extract certain information in it that needs to remain hidden.
The consequences of failing to completely redact text in a document can range from the inadvertent release of sensitive information to legal liability, unwanted media exposure, or in the worst case, material harm to property or personnel.
You can set redacted text on any kind of content (e.g., characters, paragraphs, images, tables). You can do this locally at the font level by highlighting each piece of content
Let's say you plan to redact both individual words, as well as entire paragraphs. In that case, you might open your stylesheet and create a class of the span character style, calling it "Redacted." You also might create a class of the p style, naming it "Redacted." After specifying the redaction value for each of those style classes, you can then apply those classes to your content as needed. If you highlight a few words within a paragraph, you can select span.Redacted to black out those words. If you want to redact an entire paragraph, you can click the tag bar to the left of that paragraph and select the p.Redacted style class.
Whereas condition tags allow you to remove text from output, redacting text lets you black out the necessary information but show that the original document once contained that information. If necessary, you could retrieve the redacted content
Following are the basic steps for redacting text.
- Set on Content At each place in a document where you need to perform redaction, you can select the necessary content and apply the redaction
via a style (recommended) or locally. See Setting Redacted Text on Content.
- Set on Target For each PDF document that needs to include redacted content, you can open the target. Then you can use the Advanced tab to specify how the content marked as "redacted" should be treated in the output.
See Setting Redacted Text on Targets.
Important: When you use this feature, the text in the generated output is truly gone. There is no way a user can peek into the output and find it.