Locked document

  • Locked document

    Posted by Tabz Nixon on January 12, 2023 at 3:12 pm

    Our aim is to combine multiple separate documents into one PDF. Unfortunately some of our customers lock their documents which in turn greys everything out in BlueBeam and does not allow us to create that one document that we need. Troy recommended that I try and print to PDF to create a new document. I have also tried stapling to other files but that didnt work either. Does anyone have any suggestions please? Any help would be very much appreciated.

    Doug McLean replied 1 week, 2 days ago 5 Members · 8 Replies
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  • David Cutler

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    January 13, 2023 at 6:09 am
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    Welcome to the Brainery @tabz-nixonkingspan-com !

    First solution I would recommend is to ask the original creator for an unlocked copy of the file, explaining what you are trying to accomplish as part of the request.

    Dave

    • Tabz Nixon

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      January 24, 2023 at 11:56 am
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      Thanks for your thoughts David.

  • Isaac Harned

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    January 13, 2023 at 10:10 am
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    Back when we used to have Foxit PDF creator, I found it to unlock certain docs when printing to PDF. Do not know if this is still the case.

    Are these single sheets or multi-page docs?

    If single sheet, you could always take a screenshot for a one off work around.

    • Tabz Nixon

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      January 24, 2023 at 11:55 am
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      Thanks Isaac, yes we are currently using the screenshot function. This is fine if its a single document but if it is multiple documents it can cause problems.

  • David Cutler

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    January 25, 2023 at 7:37 am
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    Would it work @tabz-nixonkingspan-com to bring all of the files into a Studio Project? Doing so may take some re-training of your end users, but it could work as a way of collecting everything into one central location that can be shared. Others in the group are more familiar with this process.

    Re-reading your post a further thought on my previous comment about asking for unlocked copies of the files would be to work this into your qualifications for your services. Be upfront with your needs in your quotes/contract language. Something along the lines of “Customer will provide all required documentation in unrestricted PDF format for incorporation into final project records.” might do the trick. As Civil Site Contractors we include language in our proposal that requires the Customer to provide a CAD file for us to build our survey model from. This saves us a tremendous amount of time and cost when developing our survey models.

  • Bob Ritger

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    January 26, 2023 at 2:02 pm
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    Tabz: I’ve found the quick way around a locked PDF is to drag it into a Google Chrome browser. Then print it to a PDF file. I usually use the Bluebeam PDF driver. Give it a new name and open it in Bluebeam. The restrictions are typically now history. Let us know if this works for you.

    -Bob

    • Isaac Harned

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      January 27, 2023 at 4:01 pm
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      This is really cool, and works on my end. Thank you @britger !

  • Doug McLean

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    January 27, 2023 at 4:59 pm
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    Dealing with locked PDF’s is one of the best parts of Revu (and one more thing that sets it apart from other PDF readers)

    First see if you can break it into individual files, sometimes you can, sometimes you can’t. More often than not, if you can do this, the signature is only on one page and the doc is open.

    If all else fails, as has been mentioned, open it in Chrome and then Print to PDF. Google algorithms destroy all security. I’ve done this several times with multiple documents. Works like a hot damn