I hope I am posting to the right location, and that my question does
not sound too foolish.
What is the relationship between Acrobat and Acrobat plug-ins?
I have been searching for a way to add security to Acrobat documents
from the command line through a standalone executable, or through an
ActiveX Server control in VB. Essentially, I want to be able to point
to an unprotected PDF file, set security on it, and then add a
password for access.
I have read about a couple of products, including ARTS Security, but
in my searching I have become confused about the role plug-ins play
with Acrobat. On some newsgroups, I have seen correspondances which
seem to indicate it is not possible to do the security functions I
want without writing a Plug-in. According to Adobe, plug-ins are only
initialized when Acrobat is loaded. However, the ARTS product
demonstration, while it does require that the user have a full version
of Acrobat installed, does not need to run Acrobat when the security
changes are made. Am I wrong in thinking the security settings can
only be accessed using a plug-in, or is it possible to use a plug-in
without actually running Acrobat?