Create PDF files for download only.

Ann DiLoreto February 4, 2010
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With Adobe Acrobat Standard is it possible to create a PDF file that when published on the Web is able to be downloaded only and not viewed in a browser?

  1. Oron Joffe
    February 5, 2010 at 9:37 pm

    @marun2 is right, but if you put your PDF into a ZIP file then it won't be viewable on the web and the user will have to download it, unzip it and then view it.

  2. @marun2 on Twitter
    February 5, 2010 at 1:39 pm

    I am afraid this cannot be done when creating a PDF. A PDF is a PDF and can be downloaded or viewed in side the browser depending on how you set it up when you put it for public consumption on your website. When you put it on your website, you can set appropraite HTTP headers to make sure the PDF is downloaded and not exactly viewed inside the browser itself. The way to set the appropriate HTTP headers differs according to the server side language which you are using, it is different for PHP, ASP.NET, etc. For PHP it looks like this: