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1  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Discussion about special ways to protect a PDF on: September 07, 2013, 11:39:10 AM
Javelin seems to be a DRM files reader, not an utility to produce super protected pdf files.
 embarassed

Drumlin seems also a reader. Are a method to read pdf files when you have the code, but are not the program to protect the pdf o create the pdf protected.

 embarassed

Drumlin ist exactly the software that you need: "The secure versions of PDF files are created using our Drumlinsoftware, which is also free." (cited from http://www.drumlinsecurity.com/)

Download here: http://www.drumlinsecurity.com/downloads.html

See also here: http://www.drumlinsecurity.com/drm.html (how this DRM stuff works)
2  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Discussion about special ways to protect a PDF on: September 07, 2013, 10:21:30 AM
I mean "Digital Rights Management" (DRM), i.e. copy protection. Many e-book vendors use it to protect books (although the term DRM is not restricted to e-books). There are several (incompatible) DRM schemes. Essentially, the PDF is encrypted and can only be viewed if the PDF creator allows it. To open a DRM protected PDF one needs a special PDF reader application (usually provided free of charge by the vendor that sells the DRM solution).

2 PDF DRM solutions (both prevent screenshots of a protected PDF):

Drumlin Security (free of charge, at least the last time I looked)
LockLizard (very expensive)

No idea if this is what you're looking for.
3  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Discussion about special ways to protect a PDF on: September 07, 2013, 06:38:24 AM
If you want to protect a PDF, you can try a DRM solution. DRM makes copying and/or editing a PDF somewhat harder, and some DRM implementations are even intended to prevent screenshots (so no OCR possible unless someone cracks/removes the DRM).

But I'm not sure from this thread if protecting a PDF is actually your goal.
4  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: "Do copy acceleration utilities actually lower file transfer speeds?" on: August 18, 2012, 11:43:03 AM
How can one write an article about copy accelaration utilities and then forget to mention the exact Windows version used?

"Windows version: Windows Home 64 bit."

Very meaningful indeed...
5  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Why ebooks are bad for you on: July 25, 2011, 05:49:07 PM
One thing that I think hasn't been mentioned so far in this thread is that sometimes the e-books are put together in a thoughtless way. While e.g. the printed equivalent of a programming book might come with a CD-ROM that contains addional chapters (that just didn't fit in the book) one can be pretty sure that these chapters are not available in the e-book (have seen it myself in an actual programming e-book).
6  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: General Poll: What should there be more of on DonationCoder? on: May 31, 2011, 10:57:10 AM
Personally, I find the comprehensive software reviews the most useful thing here on DonationCoder. Alas, most software reviews naturally become obsolete after just a few years, which happened to some reviews on DonationCoder as well. Certainly it would take serious effort to update them, so I don't see that happening any time soon.
7  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: (another) Linkman Review on: April 10, 2011, 11:16:10 AM
jaden, thank you so much for this comment.  i almost felt like no one was reading these.  I am a little embarrassed to admit how much effort I put into these reviews.
Just to make sure you won't stop writing reviews (cheesy), let me chime in and say that just because of your review I'm going to give Linkman (light) a try. Thanks for pointing it out.  Thmbsup
8  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: How to program for all 3 platforms at once on: December 16, 2010, 02:14:37 PM
I've heard Adobe AIR mentioned a lot lately.  What code does it use?  Java?

As far as I can tell, AIR supports different technologies, so the developer can use the one that he is most familar with:

  • Flash Player (the developer can use Flash Builder, formerly known as Flex)
  • HTML/CSS/JavaScript (rendered using the WebKit engine)
  • PDF. However, I heard the PDF support in AIR is weak.
9  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: How to program for all 3 platforms at once on: December 07, 2010, 01:50:09 PM
The most interesting RealBasic/Real Studio feature is IMHO that one can compile standalone executables without having access to the other platforms (especially the Mac since I don't have one).

Are there other compilers or IDE's with such a feature?
10  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: How many times do I have to update my mutherf---ing Flash?? on: November 01, 2010, 01:40:32 AM
Maybe you already know this, but just in case: Adobe's web page Flash Player Version Check is a quick way to identify both the currently installed version and the newest available one.

Other ways of finding out the installed version of Flash Player are cumbersome IMHO.
11  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Which archive software are we using in 2010 (and why)? on: September 18, 2010, 01:06:25 PM
I notice that nobody uses WinRK. What do you think? I heard the stability should have improved a lot compared to previous versions. Anyone tried the demo of the current version yet? On the other hand, I'm not sure WinRK is still actively developed - the newest version ist two years old now...

I currently use StuffIt on WinXP currently, but only because I found the StuffIt CD before I downloaded 7-Zip. I guess if I encounter a 7z archive I will replace StuffIt with 7-Zip - always liked the lean 7-Zip better than this bloated file manager, backup scheduler, e-mail, FTP... and *cough* compression package called StuffIt...
12  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA: PPMd ZIP packer/extractor (i.e. WinZip 10 compatible) on: October 29, 2006, 02:24:39 PM
Addendum:
PKware seems to follow the WinZip path:
PKWARE's APPNOTE.TXT Version: 6.3.0 covers now LZMA and PPMd support

As a consequence, both will probably be implemented in 7-Zip since Igor Pavlov uses PKware's Zip specification. See also:

http://sourceforge.net/fo...587697&forum_id=45797

Greetings,
Def
13  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA: PPMd ZIP packer/extractor (i.e. WinZip 10 compatible) on: October 07, 2006, 03:29:24 PM
No, the first post actually doesn't answer "why pander to silly Winzip users?". It says there are people out there who still use it - and of course there are - but doesn't answer why not just tell them to get a decent, standard-supporting (and free!) archiver. There are lots of great options - Tugzip, IZArc, ZipGenius, etc, etc. Or if they must pay, get WinRAR, which is far more capable and whose proprietary format actually doesn't suck. cheesy

All I'm saying is don't put up with their crap - tell them it's crap and get them to switch. It's your duty as a lover of good software. Wink

Sorry, you are right, I didn't say it as clearly as I thought. Given that most WinZip 10 users are somewhat new to computers they are really happy as soon as they manage to get along with WinZip that they are not likely to switch. Also, once they have already paid for WinZip, there's no point in arguing "try XYZ, it's even free!"
In general, I feel my job is not to convert people to other tools. I just accept the world as it is.  undecided
Anyway, I believe that we both don't like WinZip and we both prefer other tools, so we don't have to act as if we were arguing.  cheesy
14  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA: PPMd ZIP packer/extractor (i.e. WinZip 10 compatible) on: October 07, 2006, 11:53:16 AM
Ah, but why pander to silly Winzip users? Tell them to get a free archiver that supports .7z and they'll probably have better compression *and* not have to pay for the crappy Winzip. cheesy

- Oshyan

The reasons for that are stated in my original post.  cheesy
Seriously though, it seems that PPMd ZIP support will eventually get added to 7-Zip because PKWare decided to include it into their ZIP specification (along with LZMA within ZIP although it seems no archiver supports it yet  huh) See http://sourceforge.net/forum/forum.php?thread_id=1580258&forum_id=45797 for details (Igor's comment near the end of that page).

Def
15  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA: PPMd ZIP packer/extractor (i.e. WinZip 10 compatible) on: September 30, 2006, 08:49:00 AM
So what's special about this new PPMd format?

That it is the format with the best compression that can be extracted by WinZip 10 without any addional software.  Wink
Erm... That's all I can say about it...

Def
16  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: PPMd ZIP packer/extractor (i.e. WinZip 10 compatible) on: September 25, 2006, 01:08:06 PM
Okay, okay, you convinced me.  Wink
I hereby withdraw my wish.  smiley

Greetings,
Def
17  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: PPMd ZIP packer/extractor (i.e. WinZip 10 compatible) on: September 24, 2006, 04:27:59 PM
Thanks for your answer, wr975.
An SFX archive might just be the solution. So far I have resisted the temptation to do so, not so much because of the overhead (size of SFX stub) but because people seem to fear viruses in EXE files.
But still it might be better to send an EXE file than to support WinZip's dirty attempt to mess with PKware's ZIP standard.

Thanks again,
Def
18  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / IDEA: PPMd ZIP packer/extractor (i.e. WinZip 10 compatible) on: September 24, 2006, 01:48:06 PM
I'd like to see a free program that can create and extract PPMd ZIP archives (introduced with WinZip 10). Specification is here: http://www.winzip.com/ppmd_info.htm

Although this format is not yet wide-spread and might never be, some people do use WinZip 10, and it would be nice to send them archives that use WinZip 10's full compression abilities. A command line program is totally suffient.

I've not yet found a program that is free of charge that can create PPMd ZIP archives. The only program I found is ZipStar http://www.speedproject.de/enu/zipstar/index.html that can extract PPMd ZIP archives and which is free for personal use.

Thanks for any comments,
Def
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