I have finished making a form fillable PDF. I want to put some restrictions on the form, so that end users cannot edit the forms or add additional text/move text around. When the users complete the form, I want them to be able to print the document to PDF. My current encryption is as follows:
Printing = allowed at high resolution
Changes Allowed = filling in form fields and signing existing signature fields
Right now, when I print the document to a printer, there is no issue. But, when I print the document to PDF, I get the following message:
%%[ ProductName: Distiller ]%%
This PostScript file was created from an encrypted PDF file.
Redistilling encrypted PDF is not permitted.
%%[ Flushing: rest of job (to end-of-file) will be ignored ]%%
%%[ Warning: PostScript error. No PDF file produced. ] %%
I have read countless posts about not being able to print an encrypted PDF file to PDF, but that just is not accurate. I use form fillable PDFs all the time. Those PDFs have encryption, yet I can somehow print them to PDF.
This is beyond frustrating, so I figured I would ask to see if anyone knew how to make this work.
This is working exactly as designed, even if someone has found a loophole. Adobe will not change it.
But the forms I am filling out and then printing to PDF -- without any hiccups, are not "in house" forms. These are official forms used by thousands of people. So, whoever created those forms, found a loophole to enable printing to PDF?
why do you want to print PDF To PDF? Why would others? The chances are there is a better way.
It's a form fillable PDF. Once the user completes the form, they need to be able to print it to PDF ... so that the fields go away, and it just looks like a regular PDF document. Just saving it to PDF won't work, because all of the fields will be in view.
The end users for the form fillable I am creating won't be able to navigate that way. They are used to printing to PDF. Am I just out of luck?
These are bad suggestions made in bad faith. Please just help people to answer their questions instead of trying to project manage them.
The answer has been made many times. People just don't like to hear that Acrobat won't allow it.
I certainly hope so. It shouldn't be easy to work around, for reasons that might (or might not) be evident.
That's not going to work, either. The security policy will prevent JS from flattening the file.
The best you can do is set the fields as read-only.
Nice catch. I suspect, though, that taking the security off will be the answer.
Here is another common frustration along the same lines: I open a large secured PDF (call it several MB's worth of data in a single pdf) -- I want to excerpt and send via email only a couple of pages of the file. Sure, I can do this by printing only the desired page range to a physical paper printer, then scanning those paper pages, then creating a pdf from those pages. But excerpting directly from source pdf to destination pdf...fugetaboutit...this is just plain stooopid to me...
Acrobat Reader can't extract pages from PDF files (secured or not).
Adobe didn't make the rules. Wait, they did make the rules. But that was 20 years ago and now ISO took over the rules. Adobe follow them. The problem here is not that Adobe software offers security, or that Adobe software honours the security it adds, but that some people use security when it is not convenient or appropriate. Like, if someone puts a chain across the car park, and you're still parked in there, it's bad, but it isn't the fault of the people who made the chain.
Try opening in chrome browser and print to PDF. One of my banks and only one decided to owner protect my statement so I can’t combine them. Why? No idea. Adobe wouldn’t distill it. Many other programs did but it made the file grow 4x.
This is really helpful. Thanks
As a note one of my users was recieveing this message and they need to fill out the form for a secured PDF then print the PDF to flatten it. What I ended up having them do is when they wnet to setting I would have them select print to PDF and then going to the Advanced setting and select "Print As Image".
I tried it and it worked. Simple but genius...
The person (Test Screen Name) seemed a bit obtuse to not consider the "poster" had a very legitimate reason they needed a work around the issue without the reflex response being seen as an attempt to hack the software.
I for instance needed to signed a fillable PDF and didn't have access to a printer. Normally I would simply print to PDF, then sign the flattened document "on screen". I can do that with my Surface Book pen.
However this simple workaround is NOT possible, because the secured fillable form could not be printered to PDF. Alas TwisterAir clued me to a solution.
Best solution is instead of using Adobe PDF as Printer, on the same drop-down menu, use Microsoft Print to PDF. This will work better as it will flatten the image and make it as small as possible.
For others who may be searching, there is a "small" online PDF tool that will do this for you.
It is 2023 and still has the same problem.
I created a fillable PDF form. It is a static pdf form and Adobe Reader Enabled. It has a sign field. It is encrypted so the layout cannot be changed. The end user who will fill out this form is not the IT people who know technical stuff.
So my intention is to make create a form with less hassle as possible. People can fill that with free Adobe Reader they can save it if they can complete that in one go, then they can either e-sign or attach signature image, then print that to normal PDF.
It works with Microsoft Print to PDF, but not with Adobe PDF converter. Same message appear many times.
Look the point of all this dicussion is that PRINT IS ALLOWED for these fill in the forms, and the NEW acrobat subscription suddenly does not allow printing of a form created by the user of Acrobat with PRINT allowed but everything else encrypted so the form ITSELF will not be changed. This never happened to me before I installed the new version. I use forms that are sold and that allow printing and that I fill in with the appropriate information that have under security PRINT ALLOWED, but that I can no longer print, because of this distiller error. WHAT IS THE FIX? This CANNOT BE BY DESIGN.