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    Convert a locked pdf to word (or allow printing?)

    I've got a locked PDF document that a music teacher wants to print so she can write on it. It's 7mb and most free options for converting i can find all require it to be less than 5mb. Any suggestions please?

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    Using Foxit Reader and CutePDF Writer

    Download the latest versions of Foxit Reader and CutePDF Writer. These are both free programs. Foxit Reader will allow you to open the PDF file and write it to a PDF printer. CutePDF Writer is a PDF printer than bypasses security restrictions.

    Trying this process using the Adobe reader and printer will result in the security preventing the writing process.

    Use Foxit Reader to open the secured PDF file. Select File, then Print to open the printer menu. Print the secured PDF file to CutePDF Writer.
    Save the printed file to your computer as a new PDF file.

    Open your new file. You can check the security settings by clicking File, then Properties. The security settings are detailed under the Security tab.


    Using Microsoft XPS Viewer

    Open the PDF in Adobe Reader. Select File, then Print. From the Printer drop down menu, select Microsoft XPS Document Writer. This will convert the PDF into an XPS file. When you start the print, you will be prompted to save the file.

    Open the XPS file with XPS Viewer. This program comes installed with Windows. From the Tools menu, select Print. Select the PDF Printer from the list. You will need either Adobe Acrobat or another PDF writer such as CutePDF.

    Save the file. After being prompted for a filename, the document will be converted back to PDF. The newly-converted PDF will be unsecured.

    This method might not work for some security measures applied on the original Secure PDF file.

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    Thank you both, perfect instructions tehre X-13

    EDIT: Blast, still no use, print is greyed out so i can't use any of that functionality.
    Last edited by mrbios; 24th September 2013 at 01:42 PM.

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    Pretty sure i've used this in the past - PDFUnlock! - Unlock secured PDF files online for free.

    Can't see the file size limit, although it says one is set..

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    More importantly how was this pdf brought? Are you allowed legally to strip the security?

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    Would uploading to Google Docs do it?

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    Snipping tool--> screen grab each page and print out each screen grab?

    Once printed out use an MFD / scanner to use ocr etc and scan to pdf
    Last edited by mac_shinobi; 31st December 2013 at 06:58 PM.

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    You can use linux and ghostscript that will just create another doc with no restrictions

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    Quote Originally Posted by wesleyw View Post
    You can use linux and ghostscript that will just create another doc with no restrictions
    I thought cutepdf used ghost script ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrbios View Post
    print is greyed out so I can't use any of that functionality.
    As @wesleyw mentioned, GhostScript is what you need.

    I used a Windows app called PDF Blender which acts as a front-end to GhostScript to remove the restrictions on a PDF I created and it worked a treat.


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    Cutepdf might but i dont think it will unlock those restricted pdfs not sure why but i never had any success with it.

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    Office 2013 ftw

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    you need a professional and mature pdf reader that can unlock the pdf document, and with related pdf to word converter, it would be easy to convert pdf document.
    the key is can you unlock the pdf document? any suggestion would be appreciated.

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    I've got Passware Kit Standard if you want to PM me your details I'll see if that will unlock it for you?

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