I work for a city government and I have 25,000 scanned maps as PDF documents. Our users (they have Acrobat Reader) would like to be able to use the measure tool to measure distances on the maps.
From my research, it seems I need to turn on "Enable Usage Rights in Adobe Reader" in order for that tool to work in Adobe reader. Also from my research, it seems there is no way to automate, or batch process, these action for the 25,000 PDF files. There are some references on the web that LiveCycle can do this, but nothing confirmed, and when I called Adobe support they said in face, it was NOT possible to batch "enable usage rights". At. All. Period.
So... dear forum readers: Can you help me?
Remember, these are not forms. They are scanned historical parcel records. A black and white map with a scale. No OCR. Nothing fancy. Just a scanned map.
1. Do I in fact need to enable usage rights to have Adobe Reader users use the measure tool? Really? It's just a measure tool.
2. Does LiveCycle batch process this setting? (I would love for someone to actually do it and confirm the results that may have LiveCycle. I can send you a dozen PDFs to test on if you like).
3. What is LiveCycle? What does it do? I see that it is made of different software pieces and is a suite of tools. Can I purchase/use just one of those tools? Is LiveCycle Designer what I need? If not, can I order what I need stand alone? How much is it?
4. Has anyone tried Batch ReaderEnable offered here:? http://soft.rubypdf.com/software/batch-readerenable. Is this what I need (see question 1)? Does it really work? Why can't Adobe offer this simple function if some guys in China can offer it for $39.99?
(Sorry if my frustrated tone comes through a little too strong here.)
I'm using Acrobat Professional V 8.0. Upgrading is an option if it solves the problem.
Thank you, dear forum users, in advance, for your time and help!