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10.6: Remove passwords from edit-restricted PDFs
Authored by: newpolluter on May 25, '10 09:22:19PM

Hi everyone,

Been coming here a long time and never posted; thanks to the community for all the help over the years. Anyway, I had a really nasty PDF that wouldn't let me do hardly anything to it, and when I tried pietrond's pdfaux info trick it generated blank pages for me (for whatever reason), and I like to find non-command line solutions when I can (if only as a challenge). So, I tried this really simple Automator workflow, and it suprisingly worked: just render the pdf pages as images, and then gather them back up and create a new pdf. I'd be interested to know if this works for other people. You do get a MASSIVE increase in file size (3-4x), but tricks for reducing pdf file sizes have been well-covered. Here's the workflow:

-Ask for Finder Items
-Render PDF Pages as Images
-Copy Finder Items
-Make Finder Item Names Sequential
-Get Selected Finder Items
-New PDF from Images

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