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Locked PDF - for what it's worth
« on: November 12, 2008, 02:24:32 PM »
I get a weird locked PDF sometimes. When I open in in Acrobat (6), the screen goes dark, then nothing but the PDF on a black screen. Have to press Escape to get out of it. This time I pressed Command Escape, and the thing went back to a normal display with a PDF I could do whatever with.
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Re: Locked PDF - for what it's worth
« Reply #1 on: November 12, 2008, 02:29:27 PM »
Trick I actually learned here... Open the locked PDF in your OS X ColorSync Utility, found in your /apps/utilities folder. Save as out of Colorsync... whallah! No locked PDF, works everytime... so far.
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Re: Locked PDF - for what it's worth
« Reply #2 on: November 12, 2008, 04:24:36 PM »
stupid locked pdfs...

why why why?
They think they can stop us from messing with them if they lock them?
gez, I can rip one over, unlock it change all kinds of crap, send it back, just to show them it's a waste of time and effort.

but, they think they're making a "bullet proof" file...

whatever.
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Re: Locked PDF - for what it's worth
« Reply #3 on: November 12, 2008, 04:28:02 PM »
Gotta love that word "whatever" David. Saves me from tons of stress in this crazy business. :rolleyes:
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Re: Locked PDF - for what it's worth
« Reply #4 on: November 12, 2008, 05:59:19 PM »
Doesn't really sound like a locked PDF. Just one that is set to open in full screen view. Command + L should make it view normal. (Acrobat 9 here though. Other versions may vary)
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Re: Locked PDF - for what it's worth
« Reply #5 on: November 13, 2008, 11:12:26 AM »
I'll try that Command L next time, although I'll bet it's locked also, knowing the source.
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Re: Locked PDF - for what it's worth
« Reply #6 on: January 02, 2009, 09:39:14 AM »

Trick I actually learned here... Open the locked PDF in your OS X ColorSync Utility, found in your /apps/utilities folder. Save as out of Colorsync... whallah! No locked PDF, works everytime... so far.

DigitalCrapShoveler is correct (love that screen name by the way), you can use the OS X ColorSync utility to remove a password from a PDF.  One thing I will mention though is I believe they have closed that hole in the Leopard ColorSync utility...I think.

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Re: Locked PDF - for what it's worth
« Reply #7 on: January 02, 2009, 10:42:33 AM »


Trick I actually learned here... Open the locked PDF in your OS X ColorSync Utility, found in your /apps/utilities folder. Save as out of Colorsync... whallah! No locked PDF, works everytime... so far.

DigitalCrapShoveler is correct (love that screen name by the way), you can use the OS X ColorSync utility to remove a password from a PDF.  One thing I will mention though is I believe they have closed that hole in the Leopard ColorSync utility...I think.


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Re: Locked PDF - for what it's worth
« Reply #8 on: January 05, 2009, 08:17:48 PM »



Trick I actually learned here... Open the locked PDF in your OS X ColorSync Utility, found in your /apps/utilities folder. Save as out of Colorsync... whallah! No locked PDF, works everytime... so far.

DigitalCrapShoveler is correct (love that screen name by the way), you can use the OS X ColorSync utility to remove a password from a PDF.  One thing I will mention though is I believe they have closed that hole in the Leopard ColorSync utility...I think.


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Re: Locked PDF - for what it's worth
« Reply #9 on: August 20, 2009, 01:47:23 PM »
Thanks for the work around, just used it.

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Re: Locked PDF - for what it's worth
« Reply #10 on: August 20, 2009, 07:04:22 PM »



Thanks for the work around, just used it.


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Re: Locked PDF - for what it's worth
« Reply #11 on: July 03, 2018, 08:47:46 AM »
I learned of a new way around a locked PDF and it's too good to keep to myself. 

I used to use a website that would take your PDF and email you back an unlocked one.  I had lost the link so I googled it and found this instead;

1) Open a new tab in Chrome browser (not sure if it works with other browsers)
2) Drag and drop the locked PDF into the browser window - it uploads and displays the PDF
3) instead of Downloading it again go to Print and select Save as PDF
4) This saves an UNLOCKED version of the PDF to your Desktop (or wherever)

You're welcome.

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Re: Locked PDF - for what it's worth
« Reply #12 on: July 03, 2018, 08:49:09 AM »
can't wait to get a locked pdf to try it! :laugh:

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Re: Locked PDF - for what it's worth
« Reply #13 on: July 03, 2018, 09:22:02 AM »
Hey, tried it and it works!

Took a password protected pdf and made it available for editing..... this could really come in handy when we get a secure pdf. Trying to get a password for them is sometimes next to impossible.

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Re: Locked PDF - for what it's worth
« Reply #14 on: July 03, 2018, 10:16:51 AM »
It doesn't work if the the security is set to make you supply the password to open the PDF. Chrome just asks you for the password.

If the password is set to be required to 'Print' then 'Print' is disabled in Chrome.

So if it is only password protected to prevent editing it works but...

It does change the document type as shown below which is notorious for not working well with PDF's that contain transparency so I would be careful of this.

Original:

[attach width=400]18786[/attach]

Re-saved from Chrome:

[attach width=400]18788[/attach]
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