Recover Locked PDF

Posted on 2007-08-10
Last Modified: 2013-11-17
I just started working for a small company doing their website. I am replacing someone who apparently didn't keep original document files. He seems to have printed and locked all his PDFs. Is there an easy way to open the locked PDF and print it to a file without the protection?
Question by:strickdd
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    Expert Comment

    Unfortunately answering this question may be in violation of EE guidelines, as the answer may be used for hacking... Maybe the mods can help here
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    Author Comment

    I understand your concern, thanks for pointing that out. I will search some more online to find a way to do this.
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    Accepted Solution

    The following suggesstions are because you already own the rights to the document but its overzealous creators restricted you more than they should. Your first workaround should be to contact the creator of the document to relax the restrictions. If you do not have the rights to the document, it is probably illegal for you to apply any of the suggested methods below. If the original author has lost the password, then try the following:

    Install a PostScript printer driver (there's an Agfa one built into Windows XP). Print the PDF to it, and check the Print-to-File option. You now have a PostScript document that should look exactly the same as the PDF. Use GhostScript to play with it.

    Have a few dollars?

    Come to think of it, if you just install something like CutePDF, you might be able to print it straight to another PDF.

    Print the PDF, then scan it back in on a flatbed and OCR (Optical Character Recognition) it.

    Have MacOSX?
    Open the restricted PDF in ColorSync.
    Choose File: Save as, and name it whatever you like.
    Open the saved file in Adobe Reader or Preview and enjoy!

    There are more options. Google knows all!
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    Author Comment

    Thanks LOOM. I will try to find the original creator and see if I can get another copy of the document form.

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