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    Prevent editing of certain files

    Hi guys.

    Got a quick one. Im setting up a school website and we're aiming to host certain documents on the website for parents and such to read; Policies, prospectus, emergency contacts etc etc.

    These are in .doc format and we want to host them so they can be downloaded/printed out by whatever user is browsing the website at the time. However we dont want to allow users to edit the files for obvious reasons.

    Is there any way of locking down the files to prevent editing of them once they have been downloaded? I have looked into the mark as final stuff but its not appropriate for what im aiming to do.

    Thanks in advance for the help.

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    Convert them to PDF - cute pdf is free and very good.

    THanks

    James

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    Hi

    I could, but there are plenty of free/paid for editors out there that people can use to edit the documents =-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bluetooth View Post
    Hi

    I could, but there are plenty of free/paid for editors out there that people can use to edit the documents =-)

    Thats the same for virtually any file format on the market - nothing is 100% secure you can only provide the most compatible format and make sure you have copies off all originals used.

    Thanks

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    Mhm.. Alright so basically there isnt a way to make files un editable then..

    Alrighty thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bluetooth View Post
    Mhm.. Alright so basically there isnt a way to make files un editable then..

    Alrighty thanks

    No im afraid not - use the old web adage make it cross browser compatible (PDF or ODF) as much as possbile - consider people with macs, *nix etc etc.

    THanks

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    Flash paper might be another option.

    But personaly I'd go for PDF (I use Primo PDF).

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    Quote Originally Posted by K.C.Leblanc View Post
    Flash paper might be another option.

    But personaly I'd go for PDF (I use Primo PDF).

    Flash papers no good if you have an iPad LOL!! or if you have full flash you can rip the content.

    PDF is your friend.

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    If you have Adobe professional then you can lock the files so that a user can't copy the text from them and can't edit them.

    It still won't stop someone from screen grabbing an image and OCRing it (or even just typing it out from scratch!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by srochford View Post
    If you have Adobe professional then you can lock the files so that a user can't copy the text from them and can't edit them.

    It still won't stop someone from screen grabbing an image and OCRing it (or even just typing it out from scratch!)
    There is an even easier way to override the locked file -but i wont disclose it on a public forum.

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