Recommend me a Good PDF Creator Program

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  1. AnthonyG

    AnthonyG Registered Member

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    I was wondering if anyone knows of a good aplication (free, or retail). That creates PDF files.

    My university has obviously Adobe Acrobat Pro but it costs a bundle and am hoping maybe there is something just as good but for really cheap.

    I need something that integrates into other applications, such as MS Office 2003 which lets me save as PDF and also integrates into my scanner which lets me scan to PDF.

    Adobe does all this but i was hoping for maybe a small, good little program that may do the same (or maybe even better). That wont cost a fortune and take up around 500mb+ install size on my hard drive, as surely all that space is not neccessary.

    Thanks
    Anthony
     
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    You can try PdfFactory. Cost about 50$, is light (3MB) and works very well. It is not a standalone converter, but it integrates in any print capable application as a pdf printer. There's also a Pro version with some additional features, like possibility of locking pdf file, but if you don't need this, the standard is just fine.

    isnogood
     
  4. AnthonyG

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    Thanks but the problem is, is my univesity only uses MS Office 2003. And even if i save a document in Open Office as a Doc file. it often looses its formatting. And have actually been penalised by the university for handing in work saved on a CDR as a Doc from Open Office that lost all of its formatting when the lecturer opened it in word.

    It is really just an extension addon for MS office and also My scanner application (Open Office does not offer this). That i need. Just like what Adobe Acrobat Pro offers.

    Thanks Though For your suggestion, as usually Open Office would be just what i needed.
    Anthony
     
  5. Bob D

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    See here for ratings of 12 products.
    http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,1895,1191734,00.asp
    Review date is not recent, but it'll get you started.
    I use PDF-Xchange, and am quite happy with it.
    I seem to recall some threads somewhere here a while back regarding some bare bones free utilities available.
     
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    What about PDF Creator? I use it. It's freeware.
     
  7. BartFan

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    Hi...
    Not to be the dead horse here, but OpenOffice allows one to save DIRECTLY into pdf format. Are you aware of that?
     
  8. rdsu

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    Same here... ;)
     
  9. Peter2150

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    Scansoft (now nuance) has PDF create that integrates nicely with MS Office 2003.

    Pete
     
  10. Arup

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    Cute PDF is good and runs without bugs.
     
  11. trickyricky

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    Another vote here for the excellent and free PDF Creator. It works as a printer driver so you can create a PDF from anything that can be printed, from within any application that you can print from. I use it a lot and it's never let me down.

    http://sourceforge.net/projects/pdfcreator/
     
  12. Blackspear

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    Another vote for PDF Creator

    Cheers :D
     
  13. NGRhodes

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    Another vote for PDF creator, impressed with the options/configuration, something that is as good in Cute PDF.
     
  14. BartFan

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    HI guys...
    I was thinking we're maybe getting a bit off track lately?
    Creating pdf is not the point here.

    The question regarding OpenOffice is this one:
    it can save documents in .doc format, but it seems when reopened with MSOffice, part of the formating is screwed up - am I right about that?

    The question then becomes: since OpenOffice can also save directly into pdf format, is the formating still correct when the pdf document is then reopened into MSOffice?

    If yes, then, is there a freeware which alows one to open pdf docs into MSOffice format? If yes, which one?

    Cheers
     
  15. Arup

    Arup Guest

    Open Office does PDF printing fine by my standards, have not experienced any formatting loss or any other issues for that matter.
     
  16. securityx

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    If you don't like the others for some reason, I use PDFRedirect.
    Free for personal use. No adware, popups, etc.
    http://www.exp-systems.com/

    Also, you can create perfect pdf files online here:
    http://www.pdfonline.com/convert_pdf.asp
    It accepts .doc, .wpd, .ppt, .jpg, .gif, .html, .rtf, .pps, .tiff, .png, .xls, .bmp, .txt

    It's quick and easy with no installation.
     
  17. ettu

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    Cute PDF gets my vote
    but you must get the converter
    Create your doc in any format, if you have the option to print it you can PDF it:)
     
  18. Sputnik

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    PDF Creator + AFPL Ghostscript... Wonderful :D
     
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