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Old 02-01-2011, 01:37 PM
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Here is just one (of many ways) to read the original PDF into a non-Adobe PDF program on Windows ... and then save it so that you can modify it later.
  1. Download GPL Ghostscript 9.00 for 32-bit Windows (gs900w32.exe)
  2. Download GSview release v4.9 Win32 self extracting archive (gsv49w32.exe)
  3. Optional: Download ps2edit (pstoeditsetup350.exe)
  4. Run each of those installers in the order downloaded above
  5. Bring up GSView by clicking on its shortcut
  6. File->Open->protected_pdf_file.pdf
  7. File->Convert (pdfwrite, 600dpi, all pages, ok)
  8. It will ask for a file name for the new editable PDF file
  9. Wait for the task to complete (it won't always be obvious while it's still working on it)
  10. Voila! An editable PDF file exactly like the original protected PDF file
At this point, you can do anything with it that you want, even open it up in Adobe products. It's the same pdf; just sans any silly password.

For example, in Adobe Acrobat, you can save as JPEGs or as TEXT or RTF (MS Word) or whatever you like to save it as.

Here, for example, is your original file, sans password protection (and no other edits made to the file other than to allow editing and copying and printing, etc.). Also is the text output of that file, without any edits whatsoever on it (output from Adobe Acrobat).

Note: The smaller of the two files is actually a text file so remove the .pdf on the end for use in Windows operating systems.
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File Type: pdf unprotected_BMW_PCodes.pdf (1.31 MB, 2009 views)
File Type: pdf unprotected_BMW_PCodes.txt.pdf (641.4 KB, 804 views)

Last edited by bluebee; 02-02-2011 at 09:45 AM.
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