What’s the best way to share PDF documents with a closed group?

Matt Goldstein August 10, 2012

I have some PDFs that I’d like to share with a closed group, and prevent members from downloading or printing. Would be nice if they could join using Google Accounts, but not essential. Suggestions?

  1. Jehan Seedin
    August 15, 2012 at 6:49 am

    Use Google Docs/Drive You can invite the people you want to share the PDF file with that group of people and it will be private to them

  2. Pankaj Lakhani
    August 11, 2012 at 7:29 am

    We have many resources to share documents privately with your friends.

    List which i prefer the most:

    1. Google Docs - Upload and share the URL with your friend
    2. Dropbox - Same things as above
    3. Slideshare - Register, upload and mark as private. then Share with your friend's email which will be downloaded by your friend only


  3. James Gillespie
    August 11, 2012 at 2:24 am

    If you want them to be able to download the PDF's before viewing them then you can use Dropbox, it is a free 2GB cloud storage which should be enough for some PDF's.

  4. Justin Pot
    August 10, 2012 at 9:02 pm

    If everyone has Google Accounts, Google Docs/Drive is the way to go. Upload the files, add to a folder and share that folder with them; done.

  5. So Nia
    August 10, 2012 at 5:46 pm

    you can try the tool named "Undownloadable PDF".
    It creates a link to an exe file,instead of creating a link to your pdf file, hence preventing it from downloading.... the readers can only view it.No opton of "save" or "print".Right click is disabled.Even keyboard shortcuts are disabled
    To read the contents,the readers have to just press the "run" button.. it doesnot leave any traces in reader's browsing history or temp folder.

  6. Saikat Basu
    August 10, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    Look into Mendeley - http://www.mendeley.com. There's a basic (Free!): 1GB Private Storage plan.

    Also, Doocu.com - http://www.doocu.com/ could be of help.

  7. Yasin Soliman
    August 10, 2012 at 2:39 pm

    You could use an online viewing service, although sites may not permit sharing documents with a specific group.

    Dropbox is another option, although the functionality to prevent printing and downloading has not been integrated.

    I believe there are some ways of preventing PDFs from being printed (preventing through the actual file) although it could still be downloaded.

  8. ha14
    August 10, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    perhaps with Scribd


    Free online web services to create, view, share and edit PDF files

  9. Vipul Jain
    August 10, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    you can try out scribd.com
    It allows you to presnt your documents in such a format that it isnt downloadable or printable.
    but be wary that anyone can print screen the document and print it.
    So you cannot make it full proof at all.
    If you trust the guys you want to share the document with, just share on dropbox or mail it to them directly.

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