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April 18, 2006

Use Gmail To Copy Text From Restricted PDF Documents

Some PDF documents have restrictions: you can't copy them or you can't print them. If you have such a PDF and you have to copy a fragment from the text, just send it to yourself in Gmail. When you receive the message, just click "View as HTML" next to the attachment link.

From: Circumvent PDF DRM with Gmail

31 comments:

  1. Thanks for this tip - very useful

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  2. Doesnt work anymore...

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  3. It told me the author had placed restrictions on the content. didnt work.

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  4. It was fixed a few days after the post (one year ago).

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  5. A great idea, but unfortunately it didn't work for me either. Guess they "fixed" it.

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  6. free demo of 'able2extract 5' software on download.com...just did it, worked like a charm.

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  7. It dint word and also 'able2extract 5' does nt worked for me.. after converting from the 'able2extract 5' the text shows like
    ??????????//???//??/?////>?????????{????????{{:?:?::":>:L"L?


    Need Help...

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  8. google 'remove pdf restriction'

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  9. it didn't work

    is there any body to convert me the file

    http://www.palpr.com/Researches/BOOK%20PR%20BASIC.pdf

    and send me in this email naweed_jamshidy@hotmail.com

    i tried alot but i couldnt!!! i need the text in side this pdf file

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  10. go to http://www.ensode.net/pdf-crack.jsf. You will be able to unlock (copy/ print) pdf file upto 5 MB! It worked for me; hope it does for you :)

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    1. Thanks a lot.It works for me........
      http://www.ensode.net/pdf-crack.jsf great idea

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  11. Thanks! Worked for me (sans some images, but I only needed the text to cut down on unnecessary re-typing for notes)

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  12. This is a good method but you can also use http://www.marqed.com which has a specific tool designed for copying text from a pdf document and pasting it to your clipboard. It's a free webapp made for students. I like it.

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  13. This link worked like a charm
    http://www.ensode.net/pdf-crack.jsf

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  14. Thank you soo very much, research paper and I was trying to copy paste so it would be with all my other notes!!! Thank You!!!!

    A Very Greatful College Student!!!

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  15. Does not work with large files. As Gmail does not allow to attach large PDF more than 25mb

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  16. Man, even the Ensode website couldn't do the one I have. It must have some type of mega-encryption.

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  17. I have downloaded the pdf password cracker..... and this method is working quite well from years ;)

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  18. GT Text is awesome!
    http://code.google.com/p/gttext/

    It can copy text from any image. Just taking an snapshot of the pdf , I press Ctrl+k and I have all the text right away.

    5 Stars!

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    1. Wow thanks! I just selected the text from the image and it was copied in my clipboard

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    2. Nice! Worked super fast! It copied in the clipboard automatically

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  19. pdf pirate is excellent ! !

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  20. I second pdfpirate.org, it reprocessed my file and I was able to copy from it :)

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  21. It's now 2 steps. Next to the attachment in gmail, you have two options: View and Download. Click on View. This gives you screenshots where you cannot select text at all. However, now click on View in the upper left, and then on Plain HTML. Then it works. You can select and copy text.

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  22. It still works just then, thank you so much for the tips!! Very useful!

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  23. Great Great
    Absolutely great byddy



    Its magic Its magic

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  24. Hi everyone

    The gmail works for me on a windows computer but i am having trouble with the mac computer. It shows the option to view or download (same as my windows computer) but when it opens i can't select anything. Nor can i find the option under view for 'plain html'. Does anyone know what happens here????

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  25. http://www.crackmypdf.com/ worked for me.

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