RE: Acrobat security - restrict document but allow Extract pages?

Subject: RE: Acrobat security - restrict document but allow Extract pages?
From: "Combs, Richard" <richard -dot- combs -at- Polycom -dot- com>
To: "Wroblewski, Victoria" <vwroblewski -at- NECsphere -dot- com>, "techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 28 Jul 2010 14:02:18 -0700

Wroblewski, Victoria wrote:

> I've come to actually appreciate some aspects of Adobe's security
> features for PDFs. At the current place of employment, we
> password-protect all documents that leave the confines of the writing
> group. We do enable security to allow for printing and copying of text
> However, in addition to just copying text, we'd like to be able to let
> users (or even a subset of users) have the ability to extract pages of
> the some files. I know we can password protect and allow the copying of
> text, but is there any way to let users extract pages and still have the
> content protected? The file in question is over 400 Framemaker chapters
> in a single book (that gets updated about once a month). I suppose we
> could have each chapter/topic as its own PDF file, but that is a lot of
> PDFs to manage considering we already have about 100 document bits &
> pieces to manage with each release. I just don't get why Adobe doesn't
> seem to have a default to allow you to be able let people extract pages
> from a secured document into another secured document.

If people who don't know the password can extract pages, they can extract them all and reassemble the document with no security. IOW, the ability to extract pages from a secured document would negate its security.

Richard G. Combs
Senior Technical Writer
Polycom, Inc.
richardDOTcombs AT polycomDOTcom
rgcombs AT gmailDOTcom


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