ElcomSoft's Press Release for its Advanced Acrobat eBook Processor software
Below is a copy of ElcomSoft's original press release for Advanced Acrobat eBook Processor (AEBPR) as posted to the Planet eBook Forum. Because of its commercial nature it was subsequently removed from the forum. To give our readers a better background on how this story began we have decided to republish it here.
Press Release: Advanced Acrobat eBooks are NOT Really Secure
ElcomSoft's initial announcement of its new Advanced eBook
Subject: Press-release: Advanced Acrobat eBooks are NOT Really
Date: Fri, 22 Jun 2001
From: "Vladimir Katalov"
ElcomSoft Co. Ltd. has released Advanced eBook Processor, a Windows
ME/98/95/NT4/2000/XP program that makes it easy to remove both
password encryption and usage restrictions from Adobe Acrobat PDF
files and eBooks. The latest addition to ElcomSoft's family of
password recovery software allows business managers to deal with lost
and destroyed passwords, as well as with employees who, intentionally
or unintentionally, are unable to edit and print password-protected
Advanced eBook Processor lets users make backup copies of eBooks that
are protected with passwords, security plug-ins, various DRM (Digital
Rights Management) schemes like EBX and WebBuy, enabling them to be
readable with any PDF viewer, without additional plug-ins. In
addition, the program makes it easy to decrypt eBooks and load them
onto Palm Pilot's and other small, portable devices. This gives users
- especially users who read on airplanes or in hotels - a more
convenient option than using larger notebooks with limited battery
power to read their eBooks.
PDF protection can prevent users from changing or printing
information, adding or changing annotations and form fields, or even
selecting and copying text or graphics. With Advanced eBook Processor,
these PDF files can be decrypted, opened, and used without any of
these restrictions. Once protection has been removed, PDF files
created with Adobe's Acrobat program can be opened in any PDF viewer,
including Adobe's Acrobat Reader.
Advanced eBook Processor protects businesses from losing control of
their eBooks, technical articles, documentation manuals,
presentations, and all PDF documents that could be rendered unusable
by improperly managed passwords and licenses.
Advanced eBook Processor costs $99(US) and may be purchased securely
online at http://www.elcomsoft.com. You can download a free trial version of the software at the same web address.
For more information, contact:
ElcomSoft Co. Ltd.
2-171 Generala Antonova St.
Moscow 117279, Russia
fax: 1 (509) 471-9510