But most important is the ease of use for both PDF document publishers and their authorized users.
For there to be realistic security, an applications program must be installed on the user’s computer. So Locklizard minimize the need of the user becoming involved in entering codes, passwords or similar. The user establishes a single generic license with their publisher and Locklizard take care of all the document access permissions, monitoring, counts and so on without the need for any user or publisher intervention.
From the publisher’s side, the publisher is presented with a small number of panels that step them cleanly through the protection process. They do not allocate codes or generate coding structures. They are not involved in PKI administration (under the hood Locklizard use that technology, but the way it was originally intended, without anyone having to get involved with it, or understand it) and deal with questions that are business relevant – when is the document available from and to – how many prints are left – are thin client systems or similar environments forbidden – how often must the license be verified – and so on.
A quick look at screenshots of the Safeguard PDF DRM protection dialog shows that choices offered to the publisher are obvious and logical – no use of mysterious codes such as ‘enter -1 for unlimited’ are required. Locklizard get the protection input from business people in their own language. Not exactly rocket science, but it shows the gulf between suppliers who can’t even be bothered to understand their customers, and those who go the distance.
Locklizard’s DRM customers clearly identify that they chose Locklizard as their PDF DRM supplier because it is the most cost effective and the easiest system to implement. It allows them to choose the level of controls that they believe are correct with respect to individual documents, and subsequently vary them in a meaningful way per customer.
So it is possible to have a high PDF DRM security system without making it impossible to use, but please don’t tell the security ‘experts’ since they might be out of a job.
Locklizard PDF DRM software is used by a wide variety of industries to protect everything from financial and share trading information, accounting and investigation information, maps and charts, service manuals, sales and competitive analysis, training materials, proprietary designs, open tender documentation, membership and subscription information for both professional associations and financial services businesses, and so on.