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Placing locked PDF not working / crashing

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It is impossible to place a locked file in Publisher. There are two results what happens if you try.

Result 1: Place the file directly -> Nothing happens
Result 2: Make a picture frame and place the file -> Publisher instantly crashes

I think Publisher tries to convert the file to editable content and fails with the above results.

lockedpdf.pdf

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I can confirm this behavior.

A work around, If you need to do this, is to open the file in Foxit Reader (possibly other PDF readers, but not Adobe) then print to a virtual PDF printer, such as Primo. That will remove the encryption!

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My idea placing a locked PDF had some other motivation. I thought maybe eventually perhaps Publisher would not touch/convert the PDF and place it as a container.

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The bug is (partly) solved. There is no crash, but the PDF is not going to be placed because the file is using a non-supported encryption. The file in this thread is password protected with 128-Bit AES encryption. In Indesign a prompt pops up where you have to type in the password.

Added: 256-Bit AES encryption get you the message: The file could not be parsed.

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