CopySafe PDF Protector - Windows GUI
Version 3.0 CopySafe PDF Protector provides 3 different sets of options as a copy protected document
only, copy protected with DRM or copy protected using domain
lock for online viewing.
The first screen of the wizard, the welcome screen, shows if and who the
software is licensed to, and if it is licensed (not in demo mode) a list of the
domains licenses will be shown that you can use domain lock protected PDF to
specific sites. Licensing for the software and licensing for Domain Lock are
separate issues as most users will not need to display from web pages.
Domain Lock license files can be purchased online and then imported into the
wizard. There is no limit to how many site licenses can be managed by the
wizard, but the maximum number of sites that any one PDF can be locked to is
three (3) sites.
The 3 different output options are self-explanatory. An unmanaged
distribution does not require user registration or interaction with a DRM
Portal server. Such files can be freely distributed and shared by anyone. A
DRM distribution does require user registration and interaction with a DRM
server before the user can open the document. Protected for web site
means that the protected PDF can only be viewed online and if a site is
nominated it will only be viewable from that site.
* Note: documents converted for distribution and display using the CopySafe PDF
Reader cannot be viewed online. Likewise, documents encrypted for display online
cannot be viewed in the reader.
Select PDF to Encrypt by Single File or by Folder
Select the PDF to import and output folder and the new protected file will be
named as the original*.
Or you can select a folder for all PDF in that folder to be automatically
converted and named as their original file name*. An additional option is
available to include sub-folders, and another option for preserving that
sub-folder hierarchy in the out put files.
* File conversion generally preserves the original file name with the
exception of illegal characters and spaces. Because these files are being
processed by web servers, mail services and other possibly unforeseen
applications, only alpha-numeric characters (letters and numbers) are permitted
in file names and the Protector will endeavor to remove any illegal characters
Copy Protected for Email, Download and on Disk Without DRMThis output requires the CopySafe PDF Reader. Files can be saved to the user's
hard drive and read at any time.
When converting PDF for copy protection only (without DRM) the protection
settings are embedded in the document. Unlike documents protected by most PDF
solutions, including Adobe software, the password, expiration and other settings
that are available here, cannot be exploited, removed or altered in any way.
Consequently, these settings and limitations are permanent and they cannot be
changed. Such documents will be protected from all copy and printing (if
disallowed) and also safe from screen capture (unless allowed). However
protection from sharing is related to copy protection and this option because to
prevent sharing and unauthorized distribution you need to employ DRM This
distribution does not use DRM (covered in the next section).
The above mentioned options should be self-explanatory. Secure Print
means that printing is allowed but only via hard-wired printers and not virtual
printers which can include printer-drivers and file converters. Print
Anywhere means that there are no restrictions on printer or driver type (not
recommended but available as an option if needed).
Prevent or allow capture has obvious meanings. The middle option for
Allow VM means that computers running in virtual spaces can access the document.
The threat from VMs is that they can view your content without being under copy
control (not recommended by available if needed).
Copy Protected Distribution with DRMThis output requires the CopySafe PDF Reader. Files can be saved to the user's hard drive and read at any time
providing the user is online to get DRM permissions for access rights. With DRM
you have all of the abovementioned protect options plus much more. For example
expiration is no longer fixed (can be changed by the author remotely) and
instead of using a set date you can expire by the number of hours or days since
the user's first use of the document.
To apply DRM control to a document, you only need to nominate the authoritative
URL to embed in the document. Then all of your protection settings can be
managed online from your DRM Control Panel*.
* A free author account in our DRM Portal is included for free with every
license purchased for CopySafe PDF Protector. This DRM account provides for
unlimited usage and also enables licensees to upload and convert PDF documents
from any computer as no software is required when you can use the server-side
version of the Protector. More information about the many options that are
available when using DRM can be found in the
Copy Protected PDF for Web Page Display
When converting PDF for online display, a different type of file is created.
Instead of using .ENC files, for online display the file type is .class so that
web servers do not need to be especially configured to handle what could
otherwise be an unknown file type. The different file type also helps authors
distinguish between which files they have prepared for online display and which
they want to distribute on CD.
Here you can nominate up to three (3) sites to use for Domain Lock. PDF.class
files are different to DRM protected files and being Domain Locked means that
they cannot be displayed from any other web site. With a protected PDF locked to
your website, you can then apply whatever DRM options that you like from your
existing CMS solution.
NOTE: Displaying protected PDF online without Domain Lock is not secure and only recommended for test purposes because unlocked documents can be saved from the web page and uploaded to any other website where the parameters can be set to allow printing and screen capture. Using Domain Lock will prevent this exploit so you must use it in your real environment at all times.
Add-ons For Adding Protected PDF To Your Favorite CMS
Once you have a license for the CopySafe PDF Protector software, you then upload protected PDF to your web site using one of the many CMS add-ons that are available for free:
These add-ons are free and provided without warranty as they may or
may not suit your site if it has been customized or changed from the
original default installation as provided by the CMS provider.
DRM Add-ons for use with CopySafe PDF Protector
CopySafe PDF protector includes both a Windows GUI (executable) and a COM object
which has been specially optimized for command-line operation. The COM object
can be used via a DOS prompt or run from a .bat file. However, to increase the
scope of its use, there are now additional add-ons to enable you to use the
Protector online, running server side and controllable from your web pages.
CopySafe PDF is by far more secure than all other eBook and PDF document
protection solutions because it was designed to be so. Performing a web
search on "extract password from PDF" or "remove DRM from eBooks"
can provide an insight to how
useless most document protection solutions really are. Any similarities
between the total control management of documents provided by ArtistScope DRM
and the "claims" of others are mostly inspired and pioneered by ArtistScope DRM.
CopySafe PDF is ideal for the distribution of documents
by download and on CD, but if your documents are to be
viewed from your website, then you should check
out the ASPS Web Reader which is specially designed for copy protecting web content
instead of exposing it like other web browsers do. ASPS
provides the most secure copy protection for all web
page content including PDF, Flash and video.