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  • Date Added:
    Feb. 17, 2014
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    Free to try (1/2 page saving trial); $29.95 to buy (Buy it now)
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Editors' Review

PDFs are common in the business world, yet full-featured PDF software is often expensive. Developers have responded with an army of specialized utilities designed to do one or two things as quickly and easily as possible. PDFArea's PDF Protection Remover is a good example. It removes encryption from protected PDF files, including copy, print, and edit protection.

PDF Protection Remover's skinnable interface is just what we like to see in a utility designed to save time and enhance productivity by simplifying common processes: just the basics, clearly laid out. The controls couldn't be simpler, either: Add, Remove, Start, Stop, and Exit, and a main display with tabs for file lists and setting, or destination folder. It's so easy to use that it's probably self-explanatory to anyone who's done much with PDFs, but there's a fully indexed and well-illustrated Help file that explains every step. Nevertheless, with such obvious controls, we successfully unlocked encrypted test files moments after installing PDF Protection Remover, saved them, and opened them in a common file viewer. In fact, PDFArea claims PDF files unlocked by its software can be opened in any PDF viewer or editor. Nothing extra comes with the program, beyond a skinnable look; it's a specialized tool that does one job well and as simply as possible.

PDF Protection Remover worked just fine in Windows 7 and Vista. It can open virtually any kind of protected PDF and get you back to work in the time it takes to load and study some of the do-it-all packages.

Editors' note: This is a review of the full version of PDFArea PDF Protection Remover 3.0. The trial version saves only the first half pages of the PDF file.
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Full Specifications

What's new in version 7.0
  1. Bug fixed.
  2. MSI Installer
Publisher PDFArea Software
Publisher web site
Release Date February 14, 2014
Date Added February 17, 2014
Version 7.0
Category Business Software
Subcategory Document Management Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows XP/2003/Vista/Server 2008/7/8
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 5.76MB
File Name pdf-protection-remover.msi
Total Downloads 18,895
Downloads Last Week 2
License Model Free to try
Limitations 1/2 page saving trial
Price $29.95
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