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bypassing pdf restrictions.
By using Mac OS X "Save as PDF" capability, you can bypass existing PDF password "protections".

Contributed by:
sam stover
[03/28/03 | Discuss (5) | Link to this hack]

I received a password protected .pdf file. I'm running Mac OS X, and the default viewer is preview. Upon opening the doc, I got a password prompt telling me that I could view the doc and print it, but I couldn't copy/paste anything. So I try to open it in Acrobat Reader, and sure enough, the edit commands are greyed out. Well, Mac OS X gives you the ability to save any document as a pdf, so I did that and saved it as another pdf file. And now, I can copy/paste to my heart's content. Evidently that copy-protection isn't carried forward in this operation.


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