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Save Safari-loaded password-protected PDFs Web Browsers
When viewing a password-protected PDF from within Safari, or by selecting Open in Preview from Safari's Contextual Menu, the option to save the PDF doesn't exist, nor does the Print to PDF option exist within the Print Dialog box.

However, if you copy the PDF's URL, open the Downloads window (Command-Option-L within Safari) and then paste the URL, the PDF will start to download (i.e. be saved).

[robg adds: A comment on the queue site notes no copy is required; just drag the icon next to the URL into the Downloads window. Note that this hint doesn't defeat the password protection; it merely allows you to download the document.]
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Save Safari-loaded password-protected PDFs
Authored by: macavenger on Nov 29, '07 09:29:47AM

This works to download ANY file/page you have the URL for, and has for some time. Very useful-I have frequently used this procedure to initiate file downloads, most commonly when I need to re-download a file for some reason. Just right click the previous download in the downloads window, copy location, then paste it back in. Viola-file downloads again! Usually at least, sometimes sites are set up with redirects/cookies/etc such that this doesn't work. Good tip-I'm surprised this hasn't been posted here before!

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Save Safari-loaded password-protected PDFs
Authored by: macdad82 on Nov 29, '07 12:20:00PM

Can't you also press option-return in the address bar?

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Save Safari-loaded password-protected PDFs
Authored by: spicyj on Nov 29, '07 03:35:40PM

Yes, pressing Option-Return works as well.

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Save Safari-loaded password-protected PDFs
Authored by: toby0815 on Dec 03, '07 04:25:50AM

Remember that password protection for pdfs is apple trying to bullshit you. As long as you know the password for the pdf, these restrictions are artificially imposed by apple because they think their users need a nanny. If you know the password, you can do anything you like to a pdf (whether you are allowed to is a different question, but that's not up to apple to decide).

Any sensible browser (except maybe Safari) will let you download and save whatever pdf you like, and you can use pdftk for instance to remove the "password protection" and tell apple f*** you, you ain't bullshitting me :)

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