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Copy text from a copy/paste protected pdf file

Isn’t it annoying when people don’t hide their information, but make it hard to work with them?
Like, you know, uncommented open source code or in this case copy/paste protected pdf files.
To copy text from such a pdf open it with kpdf (a KDE pdf viewer) and unselect “Obey DRM limitations” in the KPDF settings.
Then you can use the Select Tool to copy and paste text.
Have fun!

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  1. rg
    March 25th, 2010 at 14:14 | #1

    Also Okular, ne stand of the art pdf reader from kde 4.x kann that. just to let you guys know

  2. jens
    March 25th, 2010 at 18:01 | #2

    thought a pdf2ps and ps2pdf is enough to remove the protection stuff, can anyone confirm that?

  3. rg
    March 30th, 2010 at 02:55 | #3

    no … pdf2ps asks for a pasword, if its pw protected

  4. robert
    March 30th, 2010 at 08:07 | #4

    @jens
    If you do a pdf2ps on such a file, it’ll print the text as image, so there’ll be no copy and paste in the resulting ps

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