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I need an open source solution to simply make any PDF unprintable. I know there's questions about editors, but I need this particular feature only and editing the content isn't a concern.

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How do you stop someone from taking a screenshot and printing that? –  Nifle Mar 22 '10 at 16:01
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Be aware that setting permissions on PDF documents like that is only kid-sister grade protection. –  dmckee Mar 22 '10 at 16:53
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I tried it quickly with pdftk: http://www.accesspdf.com/pdftk/

Use something like:

pdftk my.pdf output noprinting.pdf owner_pw MYSTRONGPASSWORD allow

The allow parameter has no argument (defaults to none). It seems, that you have to set some owner password (otherwise, printing won't be really disabled).

See the documentation in my link for more options!

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