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Printing non-printable PDFs May 23, 2009

Posted by CK in IT, Software.
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I recently purchased a certain product, which unfortunately had no English (or Greek, for that matter) manual. I looked online for the product manual, only to find that it was provided as a non-printable PDF. On purpose.

Incompetence of international distributors is not my problem. Buying something in Germany certainly does not mean I am not entitled to a manual which I can read and understand. Also, it doesn’t mean I must read 200+ pages on screen. This was not acceptable.

Solution: Load in xpdf, print to postscript file, ps2pdf. End of story.



1. sbrakl - July 10, 2009

It doesn’t work for now! The xpdf now respect the DRM writes and does not allow you to print the file to ps

2. Mehdi-Iran - August 24, 2009

Oh, I tested this way….is not working!
I downloaded Xpdf and ps2pdf from the site is written in wikipedia,
BUT…when I wanted to change a non printable pdf file to “ps” file said:
—“printing this file is not allowded!”—

3. CK - August 31, 2009

Yes, it looks like it is now fixed in xpdf. Of course, you can always download an older version of any linux distribution which includes it, deploy it on a virtual machine and have it there only for this purpose.

CK - January 24, 2010

…or use qpdf with the –decrypt option.

kp - April 24, 2014

qpdf works fine…

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