Copy Protected PDFs and PIL

Brett Bowman bnbowman at gmail.com
Thu Nov 11 21:28:38 CET 2010


I'm trying to parse some basic details and a thumbnail from ~12,000 PDFs for
my company, but a few hundred of them are copy protected.  To make matters
worse, I can't seem to trap the error it causes: whenever it happens PIL
throws a "FATAL PDF disallows copying" message and dies.  An automated way
to snap a picture of the PDFs would be ideal, but I'd settle for a way to
skip over them without crashing my program.

Any tips?

Brett Bowman
Bioinformatics Associate
Cibus LLC
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