How to process password-protected PDF files in ABBYY FlexiCapture 12

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How to process password-protected PDF files in ABBYY FlexiCapture 12?

Answer

In ABBYY FlexiCapture 12 it is impossible to import the password-protected PDF files through the Hot Folder (Mail Server or Local\LAN Folder).

However, on the manual load of the password-protected PDF files using the Project Setup Station, it will ask to input the password, and after that, the image will be added to the batch:



If a PDF file is not protected from printing, it is also possible to print it as a not-protected PDF before processing. This will delete the password protection from the PDF alongside other metadata, but FlexiCapture will be able to process it.

To automate it:

  1. Set up a HotFolder and populate it with several PDFs, with or without password protection.
  2. Normal PDFs will be processed normally and password-protected PDFs will go to the Exceptions folder.
  3. User can now navigate to the Exceptions folder, Right-Click on files, and choose Print (as PDF).
  4. Rename the files and save them to the HotFolder.

Described actions (printing of the files in the Exceptions folder) can be automated using Windows Task Scheduler.

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