I seem to remember once upon a time having noticed that in saving or exporting document as PDFs there was an option to make them nonprintable except with passwords. Not seeing the slightest use in sending someone a PDF they could see but supposedly couldn't print, I've never used it (although I can see there might be rare occasions where one would send someone a PDF that only they could OPEN without a password, which is another option). Anyway, the latest fool to send my wife a composition that he wanted her to play did make it nonprintable, knowingly or not, and if there's a password key for it, he didn't trouble to send that. Rather than futz back and forth with him over that, I just opened it and printed it in Photoshop. It's true that Preview will open and print nonprintable PDFs, but it has only rudimentary print controls. Also, it appears that what made my self-created PDF nonprintable, even without my having touched the security controls, was my having combined it in a multipage PDF with other people's nonprintables; it acquired their pesky attributes rather than giving them its own. I was hoping for a setting or a command directly in Acrobat that would unlock any locked ones, but I guess that ain't in the deck. ________________________________ From: Dean Danis <dean_danis@xxxxxxxxxxx> To: muglo@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Sent: Thursday, April 12, 2012 5:27:25 PM Subject: [muglo] Re: printing unprintable PDFs Good point Mary. Also try opening the PDF using Preview rather than Acrobat Reader. It the printing is password protected for the document Reader won't give you the option to print it, but Preview will. Also keep in mind there's a big difference between Acrobat Reader and Acrobat Pro on the mac. ________________________________ Dean Danis 519-494-8639 90 Caprice Cr. London Ontario N5V 3M2 ________________________________ From: m.k.read@xxxxxxxxxx Subject: [muglo] Re: printing unprintable PDFs Date: Thu, 12 Apr 2012 16:56:39 -0400 To: muglo@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Have you looked under "Security" in settings when you are exporting the PDF from InDesign (File/Adobe PDF Presets)? There's a box that allows you to restrict printing and other editing tasks which you'll need to deselect. Not sure why you may have problems printing others' PDFs, unless there is something in your Acrobat preferences that has disabled it. If I were you, I'd trash its preferences from your library and start from scratch. Can't hurt to trash the InDesign prefs at the same time, and sometimes I find dumping the Library/Preferences file "com.adobe.mediabrowser.plist" along with the others will also help. Mary > I want a way to make them print in their original Acrobat format, but I can't >see any command to enable that, and I can't figure out what I must have done >to make my own PDF unprintable too. Anybody know?