PDF

PDF is Adobe's "Portable Document Format." People often find the format useful for exchanging files that would otherwise require specific software to read (such as Microsoft Word). On Mac OS X one can easily save to PDF, but there is no built-in way to do this on Windows. This article lists some options. I decided to use PDFCreator.

Converting to PDF

On Windows XP

Free software

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Here's freeware designed to convert a file to PDF, sometimes by installing some add-on as a print driver ("Print to PDF" or equivalent then should appear as a printer choice):

  • Primo PDF
    • "Completely free PDF creator - Create PDF files from 300+ file types."
    • "Make 100% industry-standard PDF from any files that print."
    • "Create PDF files optimized for print, screen, ebook, or prepress."
  • CutePDF Writer
    • "CutePDF Writer (formerly CutePDF Printer) is the free version of commercial PDF creation software. CutePDF Writer installs itself as a "printer subsystem". This enables virtually any Windows applications (must be able to print) to create professional quality PDF documents - with just a push of a button!"
    • "FREE for personal and commercial use! No watermarks! No Popup Web Ads!"
    • "Requires PS2PDF converter such as Ghostscript (recommended)."
  • PDFCreator (pictured above)
          • "Create PDFs from any program that is able to print"
          • "Security: Encrypt PDFs and protect them from being opened, printed etc."
          • "Send generated files via eMail"
          • "Create more than just PDFs: PNG, JPG, TIFF, BMP, PCX, PS, EPS"
          • "AutoSave files to folders and filenames based on Tags like Username, Computername, Date, Time etc."
          • "Merge multiple files into one PDF"
          • "Easy Install: Just say what you want and everything is installed"
          • "Terminal Server: PDFCreator also runs on Terminal Servers without problems"
          • "And the best: PDFCreator is free, even for commercial use! It is Open Source and released under the Terms of the GNU General Public License."

Reviews

  • edugeek.net discussion (November 2007):
    • "Another vote for PDFCreator, I like and use it, very good tool. So for making them its PDFCreator and reading them FoxIT Reader"
    • "We used to use Primo PDF, but it started having ads in the free version, so I tried PDFCreator. It seems to produce better quality PDFs than Primo PDF, in my opinion."
    • "Have deployed PDFCreator across the whole site on Tuesday, have had some good feedback from staff."
    • "PrimoPDF (even works within a TS environment)"
    • "We use CutePDF - easy to install and use. We install it as part of our standard image."
    • "we use pdf995 http://www.pdf995.com/ It's free if you don't mind the ads - Rates are reasonable if you want to lose the ads! (eg USD19.95 for single user - USD325 for 25 users for the full pdfedit995 suite)"

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