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Cut/copy/save prevention in pdf file presented on website

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Would like to hear experienced solution for this.  Understand can create pdf from image to
handle (mostly) the cut/copy prevention.  This takes more time to do, decreases quality and
does not prevent Save-As.

Files would be displayed on a website.  Have thought about php.  In my experience (limited), PHP
would be best all around solution - but am not a code-writer.  
A drag/drop solution to generate php files for web display would be helpful.
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by:DrDamnit
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"A drag/drop solution to generate php files for web display would be helpful." does not exist. PDF is PDF, and PHP is PHP. You cannot drag and drop a PDF file to create a PHP file. Do you mean taking the PDFs and generating images out of them?

As far as copy / paste prevention goes, are you trying to keep people from copy / pasting your TEXT in the PDF or pictures?

The general rule is: if it can be seen or used, it can be copied. So, how much protection do you really need?
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by:hayeshomeworks
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Not trying to merge the two formats.  Was suggesting PHP as an alternative to PDF publishing.

Protection:  No cut/copy/save.  Viewed through virtually any computer with widely available software (suchs as Adobe).

Scenario:

A UI presents a series of questions, and conditional answers gather particular documents and pre-populate a few forms and make this set of docs available for print.  But "highlight dragging" and saving is disabled. (internal struggle: perhaps the docs never have to be shown on screen - maybe small sample thumbnails of the set will suffice.  Alternatively - it seems less background is required if actual forms are shown on screen for direct entry by user)

On this forum, I have recently discovered that Print2flash seems (so far) to be a viable option, still have to figure out the path to pre-populate a few of the docs based on the answers - thinking a script will be required - but at early stages of figuring this out (and without all the brainpower and experience required)
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Why not just use javascript to disable right mouse clicks and highlighting?

http://www.hypergurl.com/norightclick.html

Specifically, see the code that references ondragstart and the part that disables mouse clicks.
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by:hayeshomeworks
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I like the simplicity of the solution though in my particular case, it won't be quite enough.

My current path is to use PHP to accomplish my aim...now I just have to learn how exactly...
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