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Opening SealedMedia files using Adobe Acrobat 8 on Mas OS X

UPDATE 2013-12-16. If you are still using spdf files, please contact me so I can update these instructions.

I could not find instruction for opening DRM-encumbered .spdf files using Acrobat 8 on Mac OSX. So I'm including my own instructions:

The first part is to get these files up on your screen.

You will have to download Acrobat 7 for mac first. Use this link: ftp://ftp.adobe.com/pub/adobe/reader/mac/7x/7.0/enu/AdbeRdr70_enu_full.dmg
note that the installation will succeed with no indication that the process is complete.

You will need to install SealedMedia unsealer first http://download.sealedmedia.com/unsealer/index.asp

Unfortunately you will need to provide root access to the DRM installer for this to work and it will not work with a low-priv test account.

The second part is to get these files into postscript format:

To do this, I installed a virtual printer driver for Mac OS X. http://www.codepoetry.net/projects/cups-pdf-for-mosx

What this program will do is let a program save…