[muglo] Re: printing unprintable PDFs

  • From: Doug Bale <dougbale@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "muglo@xxxxxxxxxxxxx" <muglo@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 13 Apr 2012 10:46:17 -0700 (PDT)

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 
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.


> 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?

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