I recently rewrote my CV in LaTeX using Overleaf.com. Once I finished writing my CV in LaTeX, I downloaded it as a PDF. I'm now trying to upload my CV on brassring (careers website) and every time I select the PDF file I get the following error: 'The system does not allow files with active contents.' However if I try and upload my original CV that was written in Word it successfully uploads.


There are many embedded objects that can be flagged in a pdf with active content that may be seen by others as a threat in a pdf.

The simplest way to restructure to a dumbed down pdf is to use "windows print to pdf" to "reprint" as a simplified pdf much the same as you did for outputting word to pdf.


In pretty much the same situation you described, I was able to "clean up" the PDF using GhostScript:

gs -dNOPAUSE -sDEVICE=pdfwrite -sOUTPUTFILE=clean.pdf dirty.pdf

The company website accepted clean.pdf without complaints.

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    Your script generated a corrupt PDF. This script worked for me "gs -dNOPAUSE -sDEVICE=pdfwrite -sOUTPUTFILE=NEW_FILE.pdf -dBATCH OLD_FILE.pdf" – Imam Bux Jun 15 '19 at 16:03
  • @ImamBux your solution worked for me as well, I also got a corrupt file from LMB's script. Thanks! – teerav42 23 hours ago

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