Urgent...need quick help in a PDF doc!

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  1. pianodude123 macrumors 6502a

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    Hello....

    I need to know how to password protect a pdf document that I just saved from word such that any user can open it, however you have to enter a password to copy or select text...

    Thanks...

    any help appreciated!
     
  2. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor

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    Do you have Acrobat? That's what I use to lock my PDFs.

    There may be free utilities that can do this, but I'm not aware of any specific ones.
     
  3. pianodude123 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    No ...i dont...is there any way to do it in preview?
     
  4. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor

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    Nope...Preview isn't sophisticated enough for that.

    And in a quick search, I'm not finding any free utilities for protecting PDFs.

    Edit: Found this one for $20.
     
  5. iMeowbot macrumors G3

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    PDFLab, freeware, can set encryption options under its Tools menu.
     
  6. IJ Reilly macrumors P6

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    Oh yes it is! Open the PDF in Preview, Save As... and select "encrypt." You'll be prompted for a password.

    Done! :)
     
  7. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor

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    Oh yes...I always forget about PDFLab. :eek:

    That's all-or-nothing though, isn't it? You need a password to even view it. There's no way I'm aware of to allow users to view but not copy/print/edit/whatever it.
     
  8. IJ Reilly macrumors P6

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    True. PDFLab gives you all of those options, Preview only a general encryption option.
     
  9. pianodude123 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I have tried PDF lab...but it freezes every time i try to open something up....AGHHh
     
  10. IJ Reilly macrumors P6

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    Actually freezes, as in has to be force-quit? I've never seen this behavior from PDFLab, and I use it constantly.
     
  11. pianodude123 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    correct....this is the behavior im experiencing.

    It occurs whenever I try to import a file.
     
  12. IJ Reilly macrumors P6

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    As in, add a file? Do you drag them into the PDFLab window, or use the File menu?
     

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