CopySafe PDF for Moodle

Moodle plugin for copy protectionThis module enables the insertion of CopySafe PDF documents into Moodle posts and pages from the Moodle page editor.

  • Copy protect eBooks and PDF documents displayed online.
  • Safe from PrintScreen and all screen capture software.
  • Documents cannot be retrieved from browser cache.
  • Domain-locked documents cannot be displayed elsewhere.
  • Documents stored on the server are safe from webmasters.
  • Encrypted documents cannot be saved or scraped.

How this Moodle Plugin Works

When editing a page or post, you may insert the short code by clicking on the [PDF] icon above the HTML editor toolbar where the cursor was last placed in the text area. After uploading or selecting an existing PDF class file (from a previous upload), you can then nominate the security settings to use for the page or post. Different pages can use different security and display settings:

 Width  Width in pixels of the PDF viewing area
 Height   Height in pixels of the PDF viewing area
 Print Count   Enable printing and/or limit number of prints 
 Print Anywhere   Restrict printing to virtual or hard-wired printers 
 Allow Capture  Enable protection from PrintScreen and capture
 Allow Remote  Prevent computers using remote or virtual access
 Language   Set the language used in toolbar messages
 Background   Set color in the unused area of viewer window 

Default Settings for this Moodle Plugin

Default settings can be applied to all CopySafe PDF pages and posts. Most useful for corporate networks and others who need to limit access to certain types of web browsers, the default settings page allows you to nominate which ones you want to allow. Any browsers not qualifying will be redirected. You can also select from 3 modes, which can be changed at any time:

 Demo Mode  Allows use of the Module without requiring a CopySafe PDF license
 Licensed  For users with the CopySafe PDF software for encrypting images
 Debug Mode  Displays the HTML for object tag instead of displaying the image

CopySafe PDF Licensing

The CopySafe PDF Protector enables the encryption of PDF documents for distribution by email, download and disk with copy protection options and the ability to assign DRM control. It can also convert protected PDF for display online, from a web page, using the web browser plugin included with the CopySafe PDF Reader. Such documents encrypted for online use do not need to be domain locked. However, domain locking is most recommended to prevent their display on other websites.

Every CopySafe PDF Protector license provides for unlimited use and includes free DRM hosting to manage subscribers. But it does not include licensing for online display using Domain Lock. If the Protector is unlicensed documents distributed for local viewing will include a watermark and documents displayed online with a Domain Lock will not be secure. ArtistScope oversees the use of domain lock in CopySafe PDF by requiring the registration of each separate site (fee applies).

Otherwise, the free trial version of CopySafe PDF Protector can be downloaded for evaluation to create encrypted PDF documents to upload for testing with this Joomla Module.

CopySafe PDF Version Detection

When CopySafe PDF is used on a web page, if a visitor does not have the reader module installed, they are redirected for download and install instructions. This Joomla Module includes everything needed for this task including download and error pages.

Downloads

CopySafe PDF plugin for Moodle

Moodle cannot install automatically as three (3) pages need to have code added manually and this module also requires a special editor module for the TinyMce toolbar. The step by step instructions are included in the readme and PDF user-guide.

Moodle plugin for copy protection  For Moodle version 2.5   891 Kb   Download 
Moodle plugin for copy protection  For Moodle version 2.6   889 Kb   Download 
Moodle plugin for copy protection  For Moodle version 2.7   889 Kb   Download 
Moodle plugin for copy protection  For Moodle version 2.8   889 Kb   Download 
Moodle plugin for copy protection  For Moodle version 3.2   1.22 Mb   Download 

Install Instructions for Moodle

The packages and install instructions are very different between Moodle version 2.2.4 and later versions because the earlier version requires extra code for the tiny_mce editor. Also, that only modules for version 2.5.1 and later can be used with the CopySafe PDF module on the same web site.

The downloaded package can be uploaded to your website using various means. If you are uploading via FTP or a file manager within your website's control panel you may need to unzip the package first and then upload it folder by folder. The full install instructions can be found in each package in both text and PDF format.

CopySafe PDF Moodle Plugin Modes

There are 3 mode settings to choose from in the module's default settings:

  • Demo : This option will add a placeholder image at the designated location.
  • Licensed : To use encrypted PDF created by the CopySafe PDF software.
  • Debug : Use this option to check the HTML code that is added.

Using the CopySafe PDF Moodle Plugin

Once the module is installed, you can now add CopySafe PDF to your courses and pages from the inbuilt HTML editor. When adding new content by creating a new resource as a "page" you can work without layout limitations and display the PDF at any size that you desire. However when adding new content by adding a resource for "CopySafe PDF" you may be limited on the size that can be displayed, in which case you may have to modify your Moodle templates to increase the width/align position in your respective theme CSS.

Adding CopySafe PDF to Pages

1. On the edit article, click on the [PDF] CopySafe PDF Button at the bottom of the Editor, this will open a popup window.
2. On this popup window, you can upload and embed CopySafe PDF protected PDF in your current article. When inserting a protected image object, the necessary short code is automatically inserted into the post editor.
3. You can upload new image class documents or select from a list of already uploaded class files. After selecting an image class file you can then set the security options to apply to the page such as:
  • Enable or disable protection from PrintScreen and screen capture
  • Enable or disable the option viewing by computers using remote or virtual connections
  • Enable or disable use of browser menus
  • Enable or disable use of the keyboard
Note that you can only upload protected PDF that have a [.class] file extension.

You can create encrypted document files from the demo version of CopySafe PDF Protector (click to download). Until you have CopySafe PDF software and a protected PDF you can use the protected documents provided here. When prompted to upload or select your first document, you can use those to get started.

NOTE: Displaying protected PDF online without Domain Lock is not secure and only recommended for test purposes because unlocked documents can be saved from the web page and uploaded to any other website where the parameters can be set to allow printing and screen capture. Using Domain Lock will prevent this exploit so you must use it in your real environment at all times.