Drumlin Security Launches Ground-breaking Low Cost PDF Publishing Service

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Drumlin Security, the UK-based secure publishing specialist, today announced the launch of its high-security PDF Publishing service. With a zero entry cost, high performance and extremely flexible incremental pricing plan, Drumlin is set to provide a new benchmark in the secure PDF distribution marketplace.

Drumlin Security (http://www.drumlinsecurity.co.uk) today announced the launch of its unique high-security PDF Publishing and distribution service, http://www.pdf-publishing.com. The service has a zero entry cost and includes the free Drumlin PDF reader/publisher, coupled with a very competitively priced digital rights management (DRM) service. Traditional and specialist authors and commercial enterprises are already using the technology in areas such as the distribution of technical manuals and drawings, field engineering, marketing document distribution and the publication of technical ebooks.

The Drumlin software and service ensures that PDF versions of documents such as books, technical manuals, market research reports, courseware, subscription newsletters, financial statements, contracts and similar materials can be distributed with complete safety. The fully secured version of PDFs created using the Drumlin software can be placed on a web site, CD or emailed to a user or customer without concern that they might be intercepted, read, decrypted or copied.

The PDF-Publishing service enables users to choose a hosted facility provided free-of-charge or simply to link to their own website or storefront that hosts their documents. Secured documents may then be sold and distributed to end users. Example current users of the service are provided on the EBOOKS page: http://www.pdf-publishing.com/Ebooks.htm),

The "publisher" facility in the Drumlin PDF reader/publisher strongly encrypts conventional PDF files with the option to ensure that they can only be read once they have been authorized. Even then, these files can only be opened on the individual PC on which they have been authorized - such files cannot be copied and read elsewhere. Drumlin's publisher facility enables many controls to be applied to such documents, such as enabling or disabling text copy facilities; setting start and end dates for viewing; and specifying the number of times a document may be viewed, and the number of times it may be printed (if at all).

The "authorization" facility within the Drumlin PDF reader enables the recipient of a secured PDF to open the document. They enter an alphanumeric authorization code supplied to them by the publisher of the secured PDF, which is checked against the records on the central Drumlin DRM service. If all is OK the file is decrypted, saved on disk as a new encrypted file and the user can view and optionally print this file according to the settings the publisher has made. For more details and demonstrations please see the web sites.

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