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How can I securely present a PDF on the web?

Jul 8, 2013 1:24 AM

Tags: #present #adobe_pdf

Hi,

is there any Adobe tool that would allow me to present a PDF on the web, so that visitors can open and browse through a PDF but can not download or alter the content? I know there are services that convert a PDF into a "browseable" form, but is there any other way with Adobe's own tools?

 

Thanks.

KM

 
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    Jul 8, 2013 1:32 AM   in reply to hirte7

    Unless you stream the file using expensive DRM technology, in order to view

    a PDF is has to be downloaded, so that part is out of the question.

     

    Restricting modification of a PDF is possible by applying a security policy

    (File - Properties - Security), but there are plenty of PDF viewers out

    there (cough, Apple Preview, cough) that do not respect these policies so

    overcoming such protection is quite easy.

     
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    Jul 8, 2013 6:41 AM   in reply to Gilad D (try67)

    Even with DRM, there is no concept of streaming in PDF files. The content can be viewed only after it's been downloaded to a local cache.

     

    When a PDF file is "optimized for web view", the order of the content is arranged so that the first pages can be seen before the document has finished downloading; but it's only a matter of time, the file is always sent in its entirety.

    Gilad D (try67) wrote:

     

    Unless you stream the file using expensive DRM technology, in order to view

    a PDF is has to be downloaded, so that part is out of the question.

     
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