How can hyperlinks be enabled and most of the text remain copy-protected (in the PDF)?
Good day Mike,
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What application are you trying to create your PDF files from? There are a couple of different ways to accomplish this depending on how you're creating your PDF files.
If you're creating them from Office, could you let us know what version of MS Office you have as well as what version of Acrobat you have.
I have Word 2007. I don't have Acrobat. Which version is lease expensive for
the job? The hyperlinks are internal and external (to the net). The product
needs also to control the PDF thumbnail numbering (so the first five or six
pages, before page "1", will be in Roman numerals).
I know that Acrobat Pro (which I use) can accomplish what you describe as desired.
However, a license for Pro is more than a license for Standard.
I do not know if Standard can accomplish what you describe (specifically in regards to post-processing a PDF for Page Label configuration).
With Adobe Acrobat X Standard, you could convert your Word 2007 documents to PDF in such a way that hyperlinks will be preserved. You also have the ability to control the PDF thumbnail numbering the fashion you described. I just tested that workflow this morning.
You can find an overview of Adobe Acrobat here: http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat.html
This table highlights the main differences between the versions of Acrobat we offer: http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/matrix.html
Please let us know if you have any questions.
So most of the text would remain copy-protected and the hyperlinks would be
Here is the original question.
How can hyperlinks be enabled and most of the text remain copy-protected (in
How can hyperlinks be enabled —
--| For an existing PDF use Acrobat's "Link" tool.
--| For content from an authoring application.
Use an application that has adequate export/create PDF such that links in the authoring file come through in the output PDF. You've mentioned that you have Word 2007.
With Acrobat installed you'd have use of the PDFMaker.
This is an addin to the Office applications. It can be configured to process Word hypertext to PDF links (along with much more).
... text remain copy-protected (in PDF)?
Within a "closed system" (such as a Corporate LAN/WAN) Acrobat's password security could, in many cases, be adequate.
For PDFs (or most any other digital content) out in the "wild" only Digital Rights Management (DRM) provides high-confidence.
However, effective DRM is not cheap. This begs the question: "Is copy-protected important enough to justify the expense?".
If it is then you must pay the freight, eh?
If you have links in a WORD document for example, you can use PDF Maker to retain them in the PDF. You can also create the links with the link tool in Acrobat. Once you have the links inserted, then simply use ctrl-D to open the document properties. Under the security tab, set the desired copy restriction. As mention, the security in Acrobat is not that robust and is easily gotten around unless you use DRM. Acrobat is what you have to work with if you do not want to go to the expense of DRM. It will secure the PDF for most folks, but there are those who think that any thing they can read digitally they should be able to copy and use as they wish.
It seems that by "copy-protected" you mean secured in a manner similar to PDF eBooks or ePub eBooks such as that used for Kindle eBooks, Apple eBooks, or for eReaders (Nook, Sony, etc.)
For all of these DRM is applied. For all, if an eBook internal link is present prior to application of DRM these will be present and functional after DRM is applied.
(e.g., a TOC that links to content within the PDF eBook or ePub eBook)
The PDF or the ePub file must be created first.
For PDF you master content (MS Word file) then output to PDF (using Acrobat's PDFMaker).
Then the PDF is processed for DRM.
No, Acrobat cannot provide DRM. For PDF you use Adobe's Content Server to apply DRM.
DRM secures all content not just most/some.
The copy-content restriction in a PDF can be done without DRM, but it is not all that secure. That is all that we were getting at. DRM also provides an additional protection in terms of copying the file itself. So if you are not worrying about the ease of breaking the copy-content protection in the PDF, you can do it with the security features of Acrobat. Why not just try it and see if it meets your needs.
Please don't ask the same question over and over again. We have provided explanations and links to the product help section relating to password security controls, which indicate that the copy/select restriction applies to page content and not to links, bookmarks, etc. - if they're in the PDF file before it's secured, they will carry on working afterwards.
As you don't have a copy of Acrobat, I suggest you download the free trial and see how it works for yourself. It's very easy to use.
Several folks answered the question in various ways. If we go back to your original question "How can hyperlinks be enabled and most of the text remain copy-protected (in the PDF)?", You simply select ctrl-D within Acrobat and select the security tab. You then select to password protect the content.
The rest of that answers were just a warning to not expect the security to be full proof. As mentioned, if you do not have a copy of Acrobat, then download the trial and try it. If you don't wish to do that, then the answers to your question will probably not make much sense.
If we were offensive, I apologize for all of us. We are generally just users of the product trying to help. At the end of my last post I suggested you try the security features of Acrobat. Apparently you have not tried or you would not keep asking.