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Disable file printing and saving

  Date: May 29    Category: MOSS    Views: 2118

I've been asked to create an extranet for my company to allow ecternal
counterparties to view some documents published by ny company. Our Legal
department wants to ensure that users cannot Save or Print documents.

The docs are Office Docs, PDFs, and Pictures as far as I know so far.

I'm thinking Office web apps can maybe stop printing or saving of office docs.
Or Do I need a DRM Server?

I don't think the ms DRM server will work with PDFs though.

I Have no Idea about how I could stop images fed or printed.



3 Answers Found

Answer #1    Answered On: May 29    

Unfortunately, it really can't be done.

1) Office Web Apps isn't really licensable for use in an extranet

2) Office Web Apps would only solve your problem for Office documents,
not for PDFs or pictures.

3) Rights Management (DRM) requires installation of a client which
again won't work in an extranet scenario

4) Without custom code Rights Management only works with Office
documents, not PDFs or pictures.

5) Even when displayed in a web page a picture is downloaded to the
client's PC in temporary storage.

6) To even view a PDF, Office Doc, or picture it has to be downloaded.

The bottom line is that there just is no real way you can accomplish what
you client's legal department is asking for. You can secure PDFs in such a
way that they can't be printed, but that's about the best you can do and
there are multiple programs available on the Internet that will break them
open and re-enable printing if someone really wants too.

Answer #2    Answered On: May 29    

Please check right management server for office document. I Have no Idea
about how I could stop images fed or printed? which images you need to stop
printing office doc or aspx html pages?

Answer #3    Answered On: May 29    

The problem is that would require installation of a Rights management client
on each workstation trying to access the documents. Since he said this is
an extranet that's unlikely to happen.

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