Monday, March 5, 2012

Create Encrypted Copies of a PDF File

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Have you ever encountered a situation where you have a PDF file that you wish to distribute to a group of people, and want to have a uniquely secured version of that file for each one of them? Think for example on a movie script that you wish to send to various people, or on a e-book that you want to sell to your clients, but one each of them to have a different password. How would you go about doing it?
Up to now the only option was either a very expensive product, or to do it manually in Acrobat... But not anymore.

Using this new stand-alone tool which I've created you can make as many secured copies of your file as you wish, using a variety of security options.
You can add a password that the user will need in order to open the file, or to use a password to determine what the user can and can't do with your file (such as print it, extract content from it, fill in the form fields in it, etc.), or both.

A FREE demo version of this tool is available to download from here. It contains all the functions available in the full version, but will process up to 5 files only. Of course, the full version can process as many files as you wish...

Here's how the main window of the tool looks like (click all images to enlarge):

The passwords can be either randomly generated by the tool, or you can use a list of passwords if you prefer. For the password that controls the editing of the file you can even decide to use the same password for all copies (it can be identical to the file open password, or one that you determine).

This tool works on both Apple and PC computers, and will generate a list of all the passwords used for the various copies of your file, so you can have an overview of them when distributing them to the recipients.

When you select to apply a File Edit password, you'll be prompted to select the permissions applied to the files:

Finally, you'll be asked to select the file-name format of the generated files:

The result is shown here: In the folder containing the original file (test.pdf in this case) we now also have 20 identical copies of it, as well as a text file with the passwords generated for each one of them, and a log file.

If we open the text file we'll see the passwords generated by the tool:

For more information about this tool you can contact me directly.


Unknown said...

Hi There,

This script looks like it does exactly what I need. Does it work in the latest version of Acrobat, and does it work on the Mac? The screen shots are all Windows.

I've signed up for the demo but haven't yet received a link.



Gilad D. (try67) said...

Hi Brian,

This tool works independently of Acrobat, and yes, it will work on a Mac computer.
The download link should have been sent to the email address you used.
If you didn't get it check your Spam folder or contact me privately ( and I'll send it to you directly.

(Sorry about the delay in replying. The comment was stuck in a hidden moderation queue.)