I've had some PDF files that couldn't be printed directly to the "Adobe PDF" printer (WinXP Pro) - couldn't copy/paste, couldn't save as another file type, couldn't do anything except look at it or print hard copy. Security won.

So, a work-around that worked was to print hard copy and then scan the physical printout back into a PDF file. Then I had a file I could work on. The setup was Adobe Acrobat 7.0, which has been OK for what I need, and a Brother 8840DN multifunction printer/scanner/copier/fax, which came with a non-updatable version of ScanSoft PaperPort. If I had had the time, I might have tried to OCR the file, but it was a form with boxes and multiple fonts, and quick and dirty was good enough then.

So, maybe some combination of printing and/or OCR could work for you.


Daniel Else wrote:
There are various tricks of the trade to recreate files that have various reproduction restrictions. I don't have Adobe Reader on the computer, but with Professional I can print a PDF to an "Adobe PDF" printer, which may be what is referred to with the Mac. This prints the document to a new file. Does Adobe sales say that a document created in this manner transfers the security restrictions? I'd be willing to play with one of your documents if you want to send it to me outside the listserv (I have Adobe Acrobat 8 running on Windows XP Pro).


b_s-wilk <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> 02/13/08 7:46 PM >>>
Can the file be printed? On a Mac you can print to Preview, then save
again as a PDF. Is there a Windows equivalent you can use?

Daniel Else wrote:
Mike, if you have someone in the family who qualifies for the Adobe Acrobat Education pricing structure, I'd recommend that you go ahead and purchase AA Professional. It is a terrific discount. That will allow you to do anything you
want to a pdf.

Not anything! Turns out that the creator of a PDF file can lock it in such a way as to prevent any markup even by a recipient who uses Adobe Acrobat 3D Version 8, the highest version of Adobe Acrobat. I confirmed this with Adobe's

Or do you have a different experience?

I'll be purchasing articles and then might have to highlight them. That's why I want to be able to highlight. I might have to print out and highlight hard



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