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Charley:

I don't believe that one can obtain Acrobat Distiller completely seperate.
I DO know that it does come with some other Adobe products.  For example,
I got Distiller with my license of Adobe PageMaker, but I still mainly use
the version that got with Acrobat.

Scott


On Fri, 8 Dec 2000, Charley Hamilton wrote:

> Regarding Greg's question, acrobat distiller's security preferences 
> (set under the Settings->Security pull-down menu) are exactly the same 
> as acrobat writer.  I honestly wasn't aware you could get distiller 
> without the full package.  
> 
> On Chris' comments:
> Yeah, you can password protect the document itself, but then nobody 
> can view it without the password, or print it since you have 
> to open it to print it.  That defeats the prupose of sending it 
> electronically.  Or, if you give the password, then whoever has the 
> password and access to the file can open it, take a screen shot, and 
> then follow the lengthy process I described to you over personal mail
> to get *just* the parts they want out of the image.  
> 
> As far as the encryption hacking route, it only adds the additional 
> security of having to hack through one more password.  Which can be 
> substantial, assuming a well-picked password, if you haven't got access 
> to pretty fast computers.  The skill set necessary to do encryption 
> hacking pretty much eliminates your average contractor.  People who
> do this professionally usually end up working for (or running from) 
> the NSA.  
> 
> Finally, with scanners being as cheap as they are, a detail can be 
> scanned, modified, then exported to acad as an image file, with 
> printed copy leaving basically no one the wiser.  Still not as simple 
> (or probably as cheap) as paying the engineer to do the job in the first 
> place.  Well, unless one were to steal details routinely.  That would 
> be bound to get around, however.  
> 
> It's just like PGP encryption for email: pretty gooed privacy, but not 
> proof against the determined or the moderately skilled.  It all comes 
> back to doing business with people you feel you can trust, and taking
> reasonable steps to be able to thrash the ones who turn out to have 
> hoodwinked you.  I'm not sure any (tolerable) level of security would
> eliminate the problem.  However, distributing files as PDF with 
> copy protection turned on is probably the highest tolerable level of
> security available at this point.  It maintains ease-of-use, while 
> discouraging the easily tempted.
> 
> Charley
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