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sukobiru
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Work-usable Portable PDF printer

My office computer is on lockdown, and I don't want to push the limits too hard. However, it is necessary in my job to unfortunately work with PDF documents. PDFTK is brilliant in that I can open and manipulate most PDF docs. However, lately there are a few that come to me SECURED. I may print to a normal printer with the docs, but I cannot crack it open or remove the restrictions.

I am looking for a simple, non-installable, completely portable solution that will do one of two things for me:

1) allow me to remove the restrictions so I may manipulate the file in PDFTK

or

2) allow me to print the secured PDF to regular PDF, which will allow me to do the same.

Right now I am printing the docs and scanning them to PDF in order to achieve the results I need. Also, I am stuck on Windows Explorer for my web browser (not even the latest version, either).

Thoughts?

John T. Haller
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Driver = Admin

Anything that you need to install a printer driver for (say allowing you to 'print' a secure PDF) would require admin rights, so won't work for you.

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re: Driver = Admin

True -- so that just leaves me with the only other option of possibly stripping the security from the PDF document, rendering it a normal PDF that I can then crack open and rearrange with PDFTK. Any thoughts?

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xps writer

there were times when I was printing locked pdf to microsoft xps 'printer' delivered with the office and then tried to import this to into other docs and produced from there new (not locked) pdf.

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It works! Good solution

OK, so I printed to Microsoft XPS. Then I used a free app called "CheckPrixa XPS to PDF" to convert it right back to PDF, and I have a document I can use and manipulate as I need to.

Excellent tip!

Now, i just need "CheckPrixa XPS to PDF" to be added to the list of available portable apps!

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Depending on the document,

Depending on the document, can't you just use LibreOffice? Or do you mean PDF from things like a web page too

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Existing PDF

He's talking about an existing PDF with security enabled.

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