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11/10/2009 01:41 AM by
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"Locked" PDFs, where security setting have disabled the copy-pasting of text, are an annoying and unnecessary obstacle in today's decentralized research-friendly web universe. Fortunately, they can be conquered without user OCRing or printing the document.

Earlier this season, Austin Layton showed me this online tool for unlocking PDFs. It works flawlessly, so I figured that I'd pass it along.

All you need to do is: save the PDF to your computer, go to the above link, and upload it. The site will produce a new version of the document that is copy-paste-able. Remember to go back to the original document to get the correct web address, though.

Published in: Paperless Debate

Tagged: research, pdf, adobe