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PDFKey Pro can unlock PDF documents protected for printing and copying when you've forgotten your password. It can now also protect your PDF files with a password to prevent unauthorized access and/or restrict usage permissions. PDFKey Pro can also integrate in complex workflows using command-line and Automator tools (included).

Features:

  • Completely unlocks files restoring editing and printing capabilities
  • Supports PDF with viewing password set as well (providing the correct password)
  • Protects your PDF files with a password to prevent unauthorized access
  • Restricts more...

What's New

Version 3.16: Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated.

Requirements

Mac OS X 10.4.6 or later

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Ront Member IconReview-1
Ront
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I just tested this on an Acrobat XI Pro passworded/encrypted document and it would not work.

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Version 3.16
Deanl Member IconComment+0
Deanl
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The requirements needs to amended. It appears that as of V3.14, PDFKey Pro is Intel Only.

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Version 3.16
Deanl
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My apologies that should be V3.15 + are Intel Only

Xco Member IconComment+205
Xco
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Requires Java Runtime 6. But I just installed the last Java Runtime 7 from Oracle. Must my Java downgrade to run. Bummer.

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Version 3.15
Xco
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Ooops: Must downgrade my Java 7 to run this app. Bummer.

Ront Member IconReview-1
Ront
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Uses Java Runtime, so doesn't work after installing Mountain Lion 10.8 unless you reinstall Java, so I gave it 1/2 star on stability. Due to security issues, I am reluctant to install Java on my Mac. It would be nice if the developer could recompile to run under Mac OS X.

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Version 3.14
Sforf Member IconReview+50
Sforf
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Stay away... this is one of those developers who wrote a program for a very specific function and charges way too much, then the very specific function becomes freely available elsewhere and they continue to milk cash by not changing or adding much over the years and again charging way too much for tiny incremental upgrades. They prey on the unsuspecting.

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Version 3.13
Don Morris
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Specific function: just what I'm looking for.
Charges way too much: seems to be competitive with other paid apps in this category.
Freely available elsewhere: only if you're willing to roll back three full versions of Mac OS X.
Not changing or adding much: it's a PDF unlocker, it unlocks PDFs -- there's nothing to add.
Charging way too much for tiny incremental upgrades: the last charge was $6 for the upgrade from 2.x to 3.x and that was 6 years ago, right?
Prey on the unsuspecting: color me unsuspecting, then. I researched the market, looked at my options and chose an app that was supported, looked nice, did the job, and had favorable reviews from reasonable people. I chose this PDFKey Pro.

Martin Member IconReview+96
Martin
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I really like PDF Key Pro and used it for several years. For example, I receive regular invoices via mail which are encrypted. I know the password to encrypt the PDF but I prefer to save the PDFs as unencrypted documents for easy review and QuickLook compatibility.

I also have a bunch of PDFs which I could not print or extract single pages. After squeezing them through PDF Key Pro, I can do all those things.

Works great and received several updates. If you need this kind of software, PDF Key is a good joice.

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Version 3.13
Martin
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“joice“ should be ”choice” *shame*

Aargl Member IconComment+354
Aargl
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Well, using Skim instead of Acrobat, you can still copy material from a "copy protected" document (though print protection is ok)... :-(
Where is the protection if there is at least one (free!) app in the world that can break it with no effort?

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Version 3.11.0
Ajmac25 Member IconComment+11
Ajmac25
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Ok, I guess I do not understand this program. When I lock or encrypt a file I do this to the whole file, not copying and printing only. I have a PDF, that I saved over a year ago and cannot remember the "viewing" password, so this program does me no go. I guess there are some people who set PDFs so they cannot be printed or copied, but I have yet to encounter one.

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Version 3.11.0
Myrrhrrym Member IconComment+1
Myrrhrrym
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Fine program for demo use, but you can save yourself $25 with several open source solutions. I recommend mupdf:

http://ccxvii.net/mupdf/

If you can use a terminal, it comes with a program, pdfclean, that will do the exact same thing.

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Version 3.10.2
Kobalt
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Hmm. MuPDF website and ReadMe file that comes with the (uncompiled) tar ball mentions encrypting PDF files, but does it UN encrypt files for which the password is unknown - like PDFKey Pro can? Can't see any reference to that function.

Davebarnes Member IconReview+46
Davebarnes
+5

I have used PDFKey Pro since 2005. Although I only need it about 5 times a year, when I need it, I need it.
It has UNlocked every PDF that I thrown at it.
It is trivial to use.
Highly recommended.

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Version 3.10.2
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Code4delta
Version 3.16
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Zincker
Version 3.16
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mwab
Version 3.15
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Dzdork
Version 3.14
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26 Hupp
Version 3.13
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Efrancis
Version 3.13
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Gryphonent
Version 3.13
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Widber
Version 3.12
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Ralfch
Version 3.11.1
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Seequest
Version 3.11.1
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Downloads 75,211
Version Downloads 7,440
License Shareware
Date 13 Oct 2012
Platform Intel 64 / OS X / Intel 32
Price $24.99
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