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Old 07-09-2009, 07:54 PM   #1
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what reader(s) read secure PDFs?

i'm reviewing a site that offers their comics in secure PDF format only. i wrote to them asking if they knew if their comics could be read by larger format readers like the illiad, kindle dx or sony 700. they hadn't heard of any of them - or ebook readers at all, actually - and explained that their comics were created for desktop computers, laptops and netbooks.

so anyone here know which large format readers can read protected pdf's that come as .pdc files? also is it standard for such files to only install if the computer has no screencap software?

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Old 07-09-2009, 07:58 PM   #2
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also is it standard for such files to only install if the computer has no screencap software?

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Seriously? That's one of their conditions? I wouldn't give a company that institutes that policy one farthing of my money. They don't deserve a penny.
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From locklizard's page about their PDF security, it sounds like the actual files reside on a server, and are accessed through special software, not copied to the viewing computer at all. In that case, they'd only be readable when the computer is online, and not transferable to mobile devices.

(Or maybe the encryption key is tied to the web if the copy is not. It's hard to sort out exactly what they mean, and I suspect some of that is deliberate.)
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Old 07-09-2009, 08:49 PM   #4
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Old 07-09-2009, 08:53 PM   #5
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i'm not. i'm getting paid to review their site and content. the sad part is the content is beautiful if you're into gay erotica. very high end professional stuff from an extremely well known artist, but SO restricted it would be better for buyers imo just to buy the paper comic books.

btw, they don't tell you this - you discover it on your own.

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Seriously? That's one of their conditions? I wouldn't give a company that institutes that policy one farthing of my money. They don't deserve a penny.
the comics reside on your harddrive. i refused to deal with them, so i had one of my minions download a couple. each took up over 400 mb on his harddrive. i figured this is a form of DRM that "phones home". it didn't seem that their support had a clearer understanding than i do - even less in some areas.

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From locklizard's page about their PDF security, it sounds like the actual files reside on a server, and are accessed through special software, not copied to the viewing computer at all. In that case, they'd only be readable when the computer is online, and not transferable to mobile devices.

(Or maybe the encryption key is tied to the web if the copy is not. It's hard to sort out exactly what they mean, and I suspect some of that is deliberate.)
i'm a paid reviewer here - i didn't have to pay to view the comics originally we strongly recommended they do a subscription website rather than this DRM stuff that people won't want to deal with.

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Old 07-09-2009, 09:05 PM   #6
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400mb each! What are they, 300dpi uncompressed jpgs? Uncompressed tifs?

I hope your review will mention the technical hassles involved.
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the site i am writing this for only posts accurate reviews, so of course i'll be mentioning these issues - they're the sort of things potential buyers will want to know about. the sad part is that anyone who really wants to steal the content can still whip out a good quality DSL and photograph the comics off a good quality LCD monitor - the only people this kind of restrictions will inconvenience is their legitimate readers.

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400mb each! What are they, 300dpi uncompressed jpgs? Uncompressed tifs?

I hope your review will mention the technical hassles involved.
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I never heard about them before. Well anyway, thanks for making me aware of it.

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