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My insurance company requires me to fill in claim forms in a .pdf form, but won't let me save it once it's filled in (it is password protected). After using virtual printers, utilities, etc. I have found an easier way to bypass the password and save the .pdf (and thus the drudgery of filling in the same info every time I make a claim). Just mail it!

When Preview doesn't allow you to save a file, nor 'Save as PDF' (nor open in Preview) from the print dialog, you can still use 'Mail Selected PDF Document' from the File menu.

Mail will then open a new message with the unprotected document as an attachment. The unprotected document is buried deep inside the private/var folder but can simply be opened in Preview by clicking on it in the mail message and then saved (unprotected) wherever you like.

[crarko adds: I haven't tested this one. This strikes me as a bug.]
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Another way to remove PDF passwords
Authored by: arcticmac on Apr 27, '11 07:52:54AM

We just did this hint about three weeks ago:
http://hints.macworld.com/article.php?story=20110401101729922



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Another way to remove PDF passwords
Authored by: cmac6126 on Apr 27, '11 08:11:54AM

This has been in existence for quite some time.
If it is a bug, I hope you didn't just tip someone off so they 'fix' it!
It's incredibly useful and one I use frequently.



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No hint
Authored by: xhinter on Apr 27, '11 11:58:39AM

This and the previous hint pointed out by articmac don't work.
An encrypted PDF remains so even when you select 'Mail Document' in Preview.
Tested in 10.5.8 with a fully encrypted receipt.

Edited on Apr 27, '11 11:59:21AM by xhinter



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GOOD hint
Authored by: N57WH on Apr 29, '11 09:32:56PM

Works for fine under 10.6.7



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Authored by: hefbe on May 04, '11 09:36:41AM

Works as described for me too. You have to save the pdf from Mail.app though :)



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Another way to remove PDF passwords
Authored by: Hejde on Apr 27, '11 01:10:35PM

Wouldn't it be just as easy to select print - and in the dialog choose "save as pdf" - or am I missing something?

hejde



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Another way to remove PDF passwords
Authored by: hefbe on May 04, '11 09:34:22AM

I tried it and it renders the file non-editable.



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Another way to remove PDF passwords
Authored by: kevinp on Apr 27, '11 10:17:04PM

Just print the protected PDF to a virtual printer: CUPS-PDF or (my favorite) VipRiser. You can now type on the resulting unprotected PDF using FormulatePro or (at a pinch) Preview. It's not super convenient but it has the advantage of working.

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Kevin



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Another way to remove PDF passwords
Authored by: lian on Jun 15, '12 07:09:55AM

Good one, I used to use free online services. Till I had to buy one desktop application.



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Another way to remove PDF passwords
Authored by: crackermac on Apr 18, '13 12:19:10PM

Platform: Using Preview v. 5.0.3 (504.1) on OSX 10.6.8.
Problem: Downloaded credit card statement pdfs on which the card issuer had inserted a hidden owner password that prevented using Previews annotation tools.
Solution: "Save As" command. After much research and downloading pdftk (free) and PDFKey Pro (free demo but about $20 for full license) and trying the "Mail Selected PDF Document" hint (which only worked intermittently), I just tried the "Save As" command (duh). That saved a document that had no owner password manipulation restrictions. All Preview annotation tools worked on the new document. My problem solved.



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