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Acrobat document protection

I'm looking for a code breaker to remove the protection on a PDF document.  This is for Acrobat 4.0.  If anyone can point me in the right direction, I'll greatly appreciate this!This is worth 400 points!!
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S Connelly
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pwoolfordCommented:
Why do you need to edit this document ?
Do you own the copywrite ?
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linda101698Commented:
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As part of the customer agreement, we ask that customers not violate any applicable local, state, national, or international laws which would include copyright laws.

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Please post a comment when you have read this and I will delete the question for you.

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S ConnellyTechnical WriterAuthor Commented:
Dear Linda (et al),
I am simply asking for a program that already exists (cannot recall the name).  The document in question is owned by our company.  It's a 25 page report that was protected (mark/copy) by a former employee.  We could print this document and scan/ocr it but the easiest method would [obviously] be to break the protection. Using such a program would absolutely NOT constitute anything illegal since we own the copyrite to the document.  
I've been on this service for about two years now and have never seen EE get hyper-sensitive. Wow! I thought my question was legit and straight-forward.  I am sorry, however, I do not believe I broke any of the EE rules. I wish you would not have made such an incorrect assumption as to my intentions Linda.
Shawn
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S ConnellyTechnical WriterAuthor Commented:
Linda, BTW... I took no offense to your comment.  I understood where you were coming from, you could not have known my intentions especially considering that I was rather ambiguous about my intentions.  Shawn
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pwoolfordCommented:
Bit of a silly question - but
Have you asked Adobe ?
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1cellCommented:
by protection, are you talking about a password, write protection, what?
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S ConnellyTechnical WriterAuthor Commented:
Actually no.  It would make no point to ask them for two reasons:
* They would never admit any vulnerability [to security] within their acrobat product line.
* If they could remove to protection flag (which is all that it is), I would have to send them a confidential file (which is not an option).
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S ConnellyTechnical WriterAuthor Commented:
1cell: I can read or print the document but I cannot modify or copy and paste into Word (etc.).

If I must, I'll simply OCR the document but I'd rather find and easier method (if possible).

Here is another 200pts for an acceptable solution.

Shawn
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pwoolfordCommented:
Have you tried any of these plugins http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/plugins.html ?
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linda101698Commented:
I guess I'm confused but it seems to be me that even though you own the document that if the information were to get posted here, others could use the information who do not own it.  Am I wrong?  We have to remember that you are not the only one viewing this question.

Linda
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pwoolfordCommented:
Linda
I do not claim to be any sort of expert on Acrobat - but to sumerise the product

Acrobat lets you produce documents in a globally veiwable format (that is to say what ever your operating system, hardware etc. the doc will always look the same.)  The only way I have ever created a PDF (acrobat) doc is to create it in a "normal" word processor. DTP etc., install Acrobat (Distiller or Exchange) and the from the original software print (or save) to a PDF file.  Apart from the plugins I mentioned above I do not think that there is any way Adobe produce that allows editing of PDF files.  I am not sure what Shawn means by the protection, perhaps he is confused by the way Acrobat works (but then again may be I am)
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1cellCommented:
sconnel,
<<I can read or print the document but I cannot modify or copy
and paste into Word (etc.).>>

1)  open the file in acrobat
2)  hit the print screen button
3)  open a graphic editor (ie. paint )
4)  edit | paste
5)  edit the image to your needs
6)  save as .bmp file ( easily imported into MS ware's )
 
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1cellCommented:
awww, never mind, this is text huh?
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1cellCommented:
you can't edit PDF's with Acrobat, you need pagemaker or exchange or something like that to creae/edit pdf's
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pwoolfordCommented:
Do you think that my comment is the correct solution to your problem?
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linda101698Commented:
sconnell,
Has anyone provided the information you need?  If so, please grade their comment.

Linda
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