PDFKey Pro
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Edit/print password-protected .pdf files.   Shareware ($24.99)
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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
What's New
Version 3.16: Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated.
Requirements
Intel, Mac OS X 10.4.6 or later



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PDFKey Pro User Discussion (Write a Review)
ver. 3.x:
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Deanl commented on 22 Dec 2012
The requirements needs to amended. It appears that as of V3.14, PDFKey Pro is Intel Only.
[Version 3.16]

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Deanl replied on 22 Dec 2012
My apologies that should be V3.15 + are Intel Only
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Xco commented on 15 Aug 2012
Requires Java Runtime 6. But I just installed the last Java Runtime 7 from Oracle. Must my Java downgrade to run. Bummer.
[Version 3.15]

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Xco replied on 15 Aug 2012
Ooops: Must downgrade my Java 7 to run this app. Bummer.
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Ront reviewed on 25 Jul 2012
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.
[Version 3.14]


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Sforf reviewed on 12 Jun 2012
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.
[Version 3.13]

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Don Morris replied on 17 Sep 2012
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.
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Martin reviewed on 10 Jul 2011
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.
[Version 3.13]

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Martin replied on 10 Jul 2011
“joice“ should be ”choice” *shame*
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Doug Engelbart tipped on 14 Apr 2010
@FUNJOY Then don't use snow.
[Version 3.11.0]

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Funjoy commented on 27 Apr 2010
Or maybe don't use the free 'alternative' that doesn't work for anyone using the current operating system.
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Ajmac25 commented on 22 Mar 2010
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.
[Version 3.11.0]


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Myrrhrrym commented on 03 Mar 2010
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.
[Version 3.10.2]

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Kobalt replied on 08 Jan 2011
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.
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Davebarnes reviewed on 20 Feb 2010
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.
[Version 3.10.2]


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Leif Heflin commented on 17 Feb 2010
Just wondering...what's the point of password protecting a PDF with your app then?
If your app can just break it.
[Version 3.10.2]


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Aargl had trouble on 15 Jul 2010
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?
[Version 3.11.0]



Code4delta rated on 26 Mar 2013

[Version 3.16]



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Zincker rated on 13 Mar 2013

[Version 3.16]



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mwab rated on 15 Aug 2012

[Version 3.15]



Dzdork rated on 03 Aug 2012

[Version 3.14]



26 Hupp rated on 21 Jan 2012

[Version 3.13]



Efrancis rated on 19 Oct 2011

[Version 3.13]



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Gryphonent rated on 07 Sep 2011

[Version 3.13]



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Denzman rated on 06 Sep 2011

[Version 3.13]



Skorpion81 rated on 07 Jul 2011

[Version 3.12]



+8

Widber rated on 22 Apr 2011

[Version 3.12]


Downloads:72,859
Version Downloads:5,088
Type:Business : Applications
License:Shareware
Date:13 Oct 2012
Platform:Intel 64 / Intel 32 / OS X
Price: $24.99
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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 usage, such as printing and copying, permissions with a password.
  • Batch processing
  • Automator actions
  • Automatic update system via Sparkle
  • Command Line Tool to use in scripts
  • Localized in English, Italian, French, German, Japanese, Portuguese and Traditional Chinese
  • Free support and upgrades
  • Compatible with Unsanity's SmartCrash


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