FreeMyPDF Liberates Your PDF File From Printing And Other Restrictions

You've got a PDF file on your hands that you really need to print, copy, or otherwise edit but it's locked down like Fort Knox. You're out of luck, unless you use a service like FreeMyPDF.

A few years ago, I would have killed for a simple service like FreeMyPDF. Countless times people within my company would send me PDF files that had all sorts of unnecessary protections which frequently made it impossible for me to work with them the way they requested: "Hey can you print that off and bring it to the meeting?" "You locked it down with a password. I can't print it." "Oh really? Huh. I dunno what the password is."

FreeMyPDF helps you deal with situations like that. Upload the file to FreeMyPDF and passwords and restrictions are stripped from the file before it is returned to you. It should be noted however that the process only works for files you are able to view—files which you need a password to even view can't be unprotected by FreeMyPDF.

Have a tool for solving your PDF-related headaches? Let's hear about it in the comments.

FreeMyPDF [via MakeUseOf]


Comments

    Once you have taken the protection off it, goto http://www.pdftoword.com/ and turn it (back) into a word document for them...
    "Using our PDF-to-Word conversion technology, you can quickly and easily create editable DOC/RTF files, making it a cinch to re-use PDF content in applications like Microsoft Word, Excel, OpenOffice, and WordPerfect. Best of all, it's entirely free!" (I'm sure this was featured on Lifehacker before; I get all my good tips from there ;-)

    This is evil - as a graphic designer I need to send proofs to clients before printing and I use locked PDF files to do that. A client being able to circumvent this protection causes two issues - first, they can take my work to another printer and simply not pay me, ie stealing from me, and secondly they can make changes to a proof after it has been signed off for printing, causing potentially severe legal issues along with expensive reprint costs. I hope Adobe somehow works out how to stop these products from working before I have to look for another career. And shame on Lifehacker for promoting a product that can be used to steal from people.

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