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Is there a way to turn off "saving" in a PDF document?  To be more specific, I would like a particular PDF document to be viewable, but would not like people to be able to save or download a copy.

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No, you cannot prevent somebody from saving or copying a file (any file). What you can do is limit what they can do with the file by e.g. requiring a password to open the file. This can be done with just Acrobat (or 3rd party tools). If you want more features (e.g. only allow to open the file on certain computers), you need full blown DRM (digital rights management) like the solution provided by http://www.fileopen.com - be prepared, DRM always means expensive.
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hi khkremer,

thanks for the response, much appreciated.

i was just looking at the specs on acrobat 8 and it states that you can set permissions for who can print, save or copy a document.  have you looked at version 8 yet?

thanks,
cuc
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Yes, I am running Acrobat 8. It uses the same security mechanism as Acrobat 7. Again, you cannot prevent somebody from copying the file - it's just a file and as long as the operating system gives you permission to copy the file, you can copy it. The Acrobat security let's you prevent somegbody from copying information out of a document (e.g. with copy&paste), prevent printing, ... (that's what "... is limit what they can do with the file..." was supposed to mean). Do you have Acrobat (the full version)? If so, open a document, open up the document properties (under the "File" menu) and select the "Security" tab. Select the "Security Method" of "Password Security" and play around with the settings.

Again, if you want more, you need a DRM solution.
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hi khkremer,

thanks for the response.  i have acrobat 7 full version and have been in the security tab.  i was able to turn off printing, but i was hoping to turn off printing and saving and i do not want to password protect the document.  so...i guess i am out of luck unless i use a DRM solution, which is doubtful since you said it is expensive.

thanks for the help, i'll just work with what i have.

cuc
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