[OS X TeX] iTeXMaC and secure documents

William Adams will.adams at frycomm.com
Mon Mar 27 13:39:12 EST 2006

On Mar 27, 2006, at 1:28 PM, Jason Davies wrote:

> My department wishes to produce secure pdfs (ie not copyable). I am  
> testing a pdf and, though iTeXMac will not allow me to copy  
> material from the original, it will let me save a copy then happily  
> copy via the clipboard.
> Is that desirable? Does anyone know how to prevent this happening?  
> The PDF was created in Acrobat Reader 7 on a PC.

Programs which are intended to display .pdfs are supposed to honour  
the security bits in a .pdf --- since TeXshop and iTeXMac aren't  
specifically intended for displaying .pdfs, this has not been  
considered AFAIK.

.pdf security is pretty weak, and it's just a matter of toggling a  
check in xpdf and re-compiling it to get a version of it which'll  
bypass .pdf security.... so if you're wanting somehing really secure  
you should try something else, say one of the rights-managed ebook  


William Adams
senior graphic designer
Fry Communications

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