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By cbaxter ·
Here's a funky one... one of our clients publishes a 50+M pdf file periodically. Now they need approx. 200 users to view specific parts of that file, without ability to view remainder.
Has anyone ever heard of a way to do this? If one user needs to view all of the bookmark "x", how do I keep them from seeing "y"?
This needs to be based upon user permissions.
Any ideas, short of busting the parent file into 200 discrete pdfs?
Thanks!
Chip

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by Hasse MCSE/Brainbench In reply to PDF Random Accessibility

Hi!

It's not possible. Only way this could work would be by asking Adobe to implement som security system into pdf that would allow you to set diffrent passwords for various page ranges.

It's not possible in any way to get this kind of permission through NT/Novell or Unix user rights.

Only way to do is allow everyone access to the whole document or split it up into a bunch of smaller pdf files and set file permissions accordingly.

/Hasse

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by cbaxter In reply to PDF Random Accessibility

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by wbm1968 In reply to PDF Random Accessibility

OK, big IF here:
IF you can locate a PDF reader ActiveX control, you could use Visual Basic to do the security, and use the control to display pages within the range.

I have no idea if this is even possible, but that is where I would start looking.

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by James Johnson In reply to PDF Random Accessibility

Use the Acrobat Control for ActiveX that comes with Adobe Acrobat under <Installed location>\Acrobat\ActiveX to control access to the PDFs and some UI elements of the Reader.

You could also create "security template" PDFs containing links to the main document. For example, a Users.PDF containing only links to the parts of the document that all users can access and Executive.pdf containing only links to the parts of the document that only Executives need, etc. Of course, these "security template" PDFs should only be accessed by your program with the ActiveX control.

Worse case, you can go to the Adobe web site and look up the PDF SDKs for some down and dirty direct access.

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