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PDF Cleaning Instruction Mariposang Bading 15/05/03(Sun)06:12 No. 81634

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Below are the best solution for the peeps who like their shared pdf cleaned. Please don't clutter the Request Thread by asking how to do it. Anything related to PDF cleaning shall be replied here.


How to remove embeded name in DrivethruRPG:

1.) Use pdf password remover;
2.) After removing pdf lock, open the pdf file using Adobe acrobat XI PRO;
3.) on the menu panel located at the upper left panel, click View;
4.) click Show/Hide;
5.) Click Navagation Panes;
6.) click Content;
7.) on the left panel click the + on the pdf viewed;
8.) if done correctly, there are pages comming out, click the + besides the page;
9.) you will find the information stored there;
10.) Left click on the name and Delete.

How to embed text at Content just like DrivethruRPG watermark:

1.) Open the pdf file using Adobe acrobat XI PRO;
2.) Click "Tools" located at Upper right;
3.) Click content tab;
4.) Hold CTRL key and click "Edit Document Text";
5.) Hold CTRL key and click the area where you like to place the watermark
6.) If done correctly, there will be a "New Text Font" window box that will
appear with the choice of Font and Mode for you to choose from;
7.) If ok with the setting Click Ok;
8.) Now type the name and the order number just like DrivethruRPG did;
9.) You can edit the size and font (depending on the font stored in the pdf
by clicking Edit Text on the Content drop down at Tools (located at the
upper left).

LOG - November 01, 2014

If you encounter error in saving a specific pdf, you need to remove password using
different pdf password remover as there are some digital rights management
encryption that has link in that pdf java script.

How to redact watermark text:

1.) Open the pdf file using Adobe acrobat XI PRO;
2.) On the "Tools" tab choose "Protection";
3.) Click the "Redaction Properties";
4.) In the Redacted Area Fill Color, choose the appropriate color that matches the background of each page.
For mulitple color background that is not found on the list of the Redacted Area Fill Color, you really need
to remove the watermark page by page or you will create an ungly block of lines as traces of the redacted
5.) In the Redaction Mark Appearance, change the Outline Color to the color matching the background of the
pdf pages;
6.) Once done, click ok;
7.) Still on the "Protection", click "Search & Remove Text". Just click ok on the notification that will
appear on your screen. Copy paste the name and order number (simply by choosing the entire phrase and copy
paste) to the "What word of phrase would you like to search for?" blank area. Then click "Search and Remove
Text". After a while, a list of the pages with watermark will appear, click "Check All". Then click "Mark
Checked Results for Redaction";
8.) Still on the Protection", click "Apply Redaction". Ignore the next notification by clicking "No" then save.

updated April 28, 2015


Mabuhay kaming mga Bakla!!!

Paizo Cleaning Anonymous 15/05/03(Sun)08:23 No. 81643


What is the secret to Paizo cleaning? I thought I was doing a pretty good job but apparently left secondary DRM in my file. Thanks for your help.

I also have this ebook on cleaning https://www.sendspace.com/file/v3mz9k

Is the information in this ebook no good? If not could you update it for us?

Also maybe we can post emails here in this thread so we can get in touch with one another.

Anonymous 15/05/03(Sun)17:57 No. 81660


Here are more simplified cleaning instructions for DTRPG/RPGNow:

1. Use a PDF password remover
2. Select the TouchUp Object Tool
3. Click on the watermark, press the delete key. Press the down arrow to move to the next page.
4. Repeat step 3 until you have removed all the watermarks
5. File -> Save As and overwrite the existing file or you can save as a new file.
6. Close the file and open it again in Adobe Acrobat
7. Select the Examine Document command uncheck Metadata.
8. File -> Save As and overwrite the existing file or you can save as a new file.

Easy Mode Anonymous 15/05/03(Sun)21:03 No. 81671

Stripping Metadata the easy way.

Linux users:
Open the PDF in your reader of choice.
Print -> Print to file -> Output Format: .pdf

Mac Users:
Open the PDF in your reader of choice.
Print -> PDF -> Save as PDF

Windows Users:
First install PDF Printer: http://www.nchsoftware.com/pdfprinter/index.html
Open the PDF in your reader of choice.
Print -> Print to file -> Output Format: .pdf
Select Bolt PDF as your printer.

Voila, no more pesky metadata, no more passwords and no more DRM. The only downside is watermarks remain and you lose your index which is only a bother if the .pdf is 500 pages long (and given how the larger ones tend to be more popular it's likely quicker to find a previously cleaned source than clean your own).

Anonymous 15/05/07(Thu)13:54 No. 81949

Just curious though, are posts like these legal? I mean... Jezz.. you guys can be seriously sued by Drivethrurpg and other authors for this info.

Anonymous 15/05/07(Thu)17:18 No. 81955

>Just curious though, are posts like these legal?

Just like backing up a DVD, using torrents and the TOR network this is fully legal. There are plenty of legitimate reasons people would want to clean .PDF's.

It's like a gun, owning one may be legal but it's the manner in which you use it that can get you arrested.


volcanohound 15/05/11(Mon)23:27 No. 82267

None of these methods work for Paizo or DriveThruRPG. Please do not attempt to clean files yourself.

Anonymous 15/05/12(Tue)07:15 No. 82294

says the guy using a generic well known automated program....

Anonymous 15/05/12(Tue)10:17 No. 82299

which is called what??

CLEAN Anonymous 15/05/13(Wed)02:46 No. 82344

God bless us everyone!

Chad Lagoon

Anonymous 15/05/13(Wed)17:48 No. 82382

Just my thoughts though...

If we keep posting solutions like this, people at the DRM or copyright will make another way to protect copyrighted materials, thus making this obsolete over the course of time rather than keep it in the dark and more books are set free.

Anonymous 15/05/14(Thu)15:21 No. 82453

I Agree...

Let's petition the admin to delete this thread and keep the method to a few trusted mouths. This way, we keep the sharing alive and more people benefit from it.

I'll start...

Mr. Admin, please delete this thread for the sake of free pdfs.

Anonymous 15/05/14(Thu)20:05 No. 82465

Yeah... Because they haven't figured out people know how to crack it yet... And they have the budget to keep investing in new security measures.

Anonymous 15/05/14(Thu)21:54 No. 82472

Paizo sock puppet

NybbleM3 15/05/19(Tue)02:04 No. 82715

That wasn't nice. Don't insult the guy that cleans the toilets. He has a thankless job but he does it well!

Anonymous 15/05/21(Thu)06:44 No. 82909

What, no fag ass jpg this time?

Anonymous 15/05/21(Thu)11:37 No. 82918


You keep using that word, why?

Anonymous 15/09/16(Wed)23:49 No. 90385

I have some files that I'd like to clean (for cosmetic reasons, not for sharing, since they're free files).
I have Acrobat X, and thanks to >>81634 I got how to delete my name and mail from them.
The only problem is doing it manually is quite some work; I'd like to automatize the action for each page of each document, but have no idea how to do it with the action wizard, because it looks like that kind of action can't be implemented.
Is there a way?
Thanks in advance.

Anonymous 16/04/06(Wed)02:34 No. 102236

Reup this thread so that everyone knows how to clean.

Anonymous 16/04/06(Wed)02:48 No. 102237

Link to the softwares mentioned bu Mariposang Bading:

1.) Elcomsoft pdf password recovery:

2.) Adobe Acrobat Pro XI:

All you need to do now is try and be patient. This is a long process (I Know) but it is far better than trusting someone with your purchase details.

Anonymous 16/04/10(Sun)03:21 No. 102468


Is this reliable? Can anyone help verify?

Thank you.

Anonymous 16/05/04(Wed)16:32 No. 103869

The only thing that famous cleaners here says that this is unreliable is the fact that they need to discredit posts that leads to more cleaners.

More cleaners means bad business for them and no more contribution from donators.

Fubarini 16/05/04(Wed)20:48 No. 103880

As someone who does a boatload of cleaning for folks on another sharing site, I can say with absolute certainty that NO ONE who cleans and shares books is in ANY WAY put off when others learn how to properly clean files. It's that much less work for us. PROPER is the key, however. Half-assed cleaning means more work for everyone, and potential trouble for those who buy the books.

Anonymous 16/05/05(Thu)02:15 No. 103894

Paranoia spawn business opportunity to other people!

How to get away from legal suit:
1.) Declare your PC was hacked and files was stolen.
2.) Pretend you do not know about computer.
3.) Declare that you lost your USB in a public place.
4.) Blame someone, specially your enemy.
5.) Hire a good lawyer.
6.) If you are left with no choice, NEVER ADMIT!!!

You worry that your DTRPG account gets erased and you are banned? Reason with them, provide police blotter that you are indeed being hacked or you can make another account!!! But believe me, with the current financial crisis, only a stupid merchant attack their own customer by banning them. They will weigh your purchasing habit, and if you are a good and consistent customer, who is stupid enough to ban you?

Ask yourself, if you are an entrepreneur, Which do you prefer you:
a.) someone paying you regularly for products you sell but they copy it and give it away for charity.
b.) respond to someone who never buy from you but who want you to stop selling your products to your regular customer because your regular customer is copying it and giving your product away for charity.

Marco 16/05/08(Sun)22:03 No. 104022

It worked, thank you!

Greenfield, Edward 16/05/17(Tue)13:33 No. 104333


This works for me. Thank you Filipino gay.

Sure fire way Anonymous 16/05/22(Sun)06:09 No. 104521

The most surest way for me is to simply screenshot the PDF pages, save them as images, then place the images into its own PDF.


Just make sure the visible watermarks are taken down.

Anonymous 16/05/29(Sun)02:40 No. 104770

Does anyone know of a good cross-platform way to clean PDFs using automated scripts?

Anonymous 16/07/09(Sat)02:25 No. 106631

Hi Guys,

I found this:

Discussion on "How to"

Works perfectly well and a bit faster than manually doing it.

Long live the 3rd sex!!!

Anonymous 16/11/29(Tue)01:13 No. 113102


Terrific! Maybe send them to one of the dedicated cleaners here? I don't know who to send them to or how to do it, though. Actually, I'd also be interested in a reliable guide to cleaning PDFs and testing them so that I could do it myself.

Anonymous 16/11/30(Wed)02:12 No. 113164


Send them to the cleaners whom you do not know personally or haven't met yet and you send them all your purchase info. You clean them yourself, hard for it as it sounds, but you get to trim down vital info that can expose your identity and risk getting sued by publishers or your account closed.

Either way, it is your option.

nuff said...

Anonymous 16/12/21(Wed)23:41 No. 114396

Hello i am trying to clean a PDF from Drivethru but i am running on a couple of problems


>1.) Use pdf password remover;
>2.) After removing pdf lock, open the pdf file using Adobe acrobat XI PRO;
>3.) on the menu panel located at the upper left panel, click View;
>4.) click Show/Hide;
>5.) Click Navagation Panes;
>6.) click Content;
>7.) on the left panel click the + on the pdf viewed;

And step 6 and 7 is where i am stuck, i dont have adobe acrobat XI PRO. I am using reader, i wanna see if the PDF has some kind of ID but i can find the "content" option maybe its layers"?

Mageguru!1mpu.dpn.g 16/12/25(Sun)11:04 No. 114578


Acrobat reader will not allow you to edit, and make changes.

Also the instructions in this thread a really outdated.

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