I have many, many pdfs; some password protected and some not. Is there any way I can search for just the password protected documents? Jerry.
Are they protected from opening or from editing? If from opening, I don't think you can do it since you won't be able to open them at all...
If from editing, it might be possible to do it with an Action. Either way, it's possible to do it with an external application.
You can run the profile against a folder of files either using an Action, or by exporting a 'droplet' from the Preflight options menu. It'll report the files which 'fail' - i.e. that have encryption - and you can choose to move them someplace, etc. as you wish.
This will also catch files with other forms of protection (certificates, LCDRM, etc.) - anything that Preflight can't open will trigger a fail - so if you need to find only password-protected files it gets more complicated. You also can't run the profile against PDF Portfolios.
What version of Acrobat do you have? It may be it was not an option in your version. Preflight is one of those areas that seems to have a lot of additions with each new version, at least for the scripts that are already available.
I just went through the process in AA9 and it is kind of confusing. Once you have created the new profile (but still in the edit window), expand the list in the left window:
That may be where you can't find Document. Note that the "PDF document is encrypted" is now in the right window. Hope that helps. It might be a bit different in newer versions of Acrobat, but the same concept should apply.
Steve is probably giving the correct advice. I was just trying to help in finding what you needed (and learn a bit in the process!). I think there is a create droplet option also. I really don't know how to use it.
Well guys, I don't know what I'm doing wrong. I've got the profile set to find encrypted files; I've created a droplet for it; I've put a known encrypted document onto the droplet; and... nothing. I tried running the profile under batch processing, and .... nothing. I even downloaded a profile that, among other things, looked for encrypted files, and... nothing. But, if I run the preflight on a single known encrypted file, it confirms that the file is encrypted (but not via the droplet). So, I know the profile works, but I cannot seem to get it to work via droplet or batch processing. Any ideas would be appreciated. Jerry.