How can PDF be set so only one person can view at a time?

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How can a PDF be set up so it limits only one person in the file at a time?
ASKED: October 13, 2010  5:03 PM
UPDATED: October 16, 2010  3:06 AM

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i dont think you could limit this in any fashion except through acrobat standard/professional, the reader is just reading the document so it doesnt place a lock on it like office would with a word doc

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PDF does not have that capability. You would need to host it on either a web-based system (IIS/Apache) which max connection set to 1. You can attempt to host that on a file system on the network based on Windows 2008. On sharing this folder where the PDF resides, set the “limit the number of siimulataneous users to” value to 1. This should give you the single access you desire.

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  • Labnuke99
    Password protect the document and give only one person the password. Actually - I don't think you can limit number of simultaneous viewers.
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  • Labnuke99
    The recommended option about limiting connections to 1 on a share or webserver would not prevent a user from downloading the file and then hosting it elsewhere if they so desired.
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  • TomLiotta
    ...it limits only one person in the file at a time? Just to be certain... Your question subject asks about "viewing" a .PDF, but the text of the question asks about "in the file". Are you wanting to stop people from looking at the .PDF or from updating a .PDF? Maybe you're trying to get a kind of work-flow problem solved. (Grasping at straws, but maybe...?) Tom
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