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Sorry for the delay in response.
As per the issue description mentioned above, you want to restrict editing of several pdf files at once, is that correct?
Try the following steps:
1- Launch Acrobat>click Tools>type Action>select Action Wizard
2-Click New Action>Protection>double-click Encrypt
3- Click Specify settings>Security Method>Password Security
4- Check the box next to Restrict Editing.....>type the password>click OK>give the action a name. for ex- encrypt files
5- Once the action has been created, you will see it under Actions list in the right-hand pane
6- Click on the action and add the files you want to restrict editing for and click Start.
Let us know if you have any further questions.
I followed these steps through Priorities and through the Action Wizard and I am still able to extract the text from the saved PDF.
Examine the security properties in detail for one of the files. What exactly is shown?
I upgraded to Acrobat DC and was able to affect Properties to read now read
Printing and Contect Copying for Accessibility: Allowed
Everything else: Not Allowed
My client does not want her copy to be extracted from her files and I tried to do this in InDesign, Acrobat Pro X, Preview and now, Acrobat DC. None of the tutorials or Adobe discussions are working for me.
Ok, so copying is not allowed in Adobe software. Are you able to copy it with Adobe software after all?
Every time. From Preview to Text Edit. Odds are I would be able to read it in Acrobat Reader and paste to Notepad on the PC as well. Shouldn't the ability to copy the text be gone?
Don't open the file in Preview. It corrupts the file and might be removing the security policy. After applying the security policy in Acrobat, save the file, close it and then open it in Adobe Reader. You should not be able to extract any content from it there.
“odds are“ is not a very good test of what actually happens. Like I said, you shouldn’t be able to copy in any Adobe software. But I don’t really know why you’d go to all that trouble when much non-Adobe software ignores it.
"MVP" indeed! Thank you! Preview was the problem. I tested the first file, reopened in Acrobat DC, and voila, text not copied. I also tested it with a second file and again, it pasted the test copy and not selected from new doc. YOU'RE THE BEST! Thank you!!