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, if you import the password-protected PDF files using the Project Setup Station in the project directly, or through the Scanning Station, you will see the message to input the password and will be able to process the file after you input the password:




You can also setup the Import from Folder option in the Scanning Station and point it to the folder with all password-protected PDF files:


That way you can import all password-protected PDF files using the Scanning Station when you click the Scan Pages button.

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, you can do the following:

  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.

Printed PDFs without password protection now can be processed by FlexiCapture normally.

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