Who can recommend a great (not good) Word to PDF converter—free or otherwise?

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  1. allizomeniz

    allizomeniz Registered Member

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    ETA: Title should say "Word to PDF."

    I've tried Acrobat (overrated bloat), Nitro Pro, 7-PDF Maker, Libre Office, Open Office, Word PDF add-in. The main drawback of all of them except 7-PDF Maker is they can't translate Word footnotes into the PDF. I'm getting very frustrated creating perfectly formatted Word documents only to have them mangled by worthless PDF converters. Would anyone have something in their secret stash to recommend. I'll pay for one that can do the job.
     
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  2. Pliskin

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    Try this older version of doPDF (because it's only 4MB):
    http://www.filehorse.com/download-dopdf/16587/

    "doPDF converts any printable document to PDF format while allowing you to select the page size, unit type, orientation, resolution, and scale"
     
  3. Brummelchen

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    word to pdf? how about built-in pdf output?

    i use now priprinter for a long time, i changed from Fineprinter pdf. but i think pdf-x change pdf printer will do also fine.
    some say that ghostscript and freepdf will do fine also.
    to mention bullzip pdf (uses also Ghostscript)

    neither nor recommende: 7-pdf (online), pdfforge (spiked with adware)

    links
    http://priprinter.com/features.htm
    http://fineprint.com/
    http://www.tracker-software.com/product/pdf-tools
    http://freepdfxp.de/index_en.html
    http://www.bullzip.com/products/pdf/info.php

    i missed one but i forgot the name.
    HTH
     
  4. Minimalist

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    For Word to PDF I use PDFCreator for PDF to Word I've used Able2Extract with good results.
    Don't know which one you need, your post seems different than thread title...
     
  5. allizomeniz

    allizomeniz Registered Member

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    I made a mistake in the title and made note of it in my original post. Hopefully a Mod will change it. Word to PDF is what I'm after.
     
  6. Minimalist

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    OK, sorry, I've missed your note.
     
  7. JRViejo

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    Done!
     
  8. allizomeniz

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    Many thanks JRViejo. :)

    doPDF does a fantastic job. It converted exactly as I had it laid out in Word. It can't convert footnotes though. I can live with that for most of my documents. In the meantime I'll check out some of the other suggestions.
     
  9. Buddel

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    I've been using PDF24 Creator for a year or two and like it. I use it for converting my Word documents, which often include numerous tables, pictures, links etc., to PDF files. I don't know if this tool is really great or just good, but it has always done its job.
    Link: https://en.pdf24.org/
     
  10. Brian K

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    Microsoft Print to PDF is included in Win10. It will print any document or photo to a PDF.
     
  11. funkydude

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    Unless I misread, both Microsoft Word (Office) and LibreOffice have the ability to export a word document to PDF when you're viewing the document.

    It's a very handy feature that I recommend to people looking to avoid display issues across word clients.
     
  12. JRViejo

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    allizomeniz, you're welcome! Take care.
     
  13. roger_m

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    @allizomeniz What version of Word are you using? In Word 2007 and later, you will be able to save to PDF directly from Word, without any 3rd party software required.
     
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    CutePDF and NovaPDF are what I use. Both in an enterprise environment.
     
  15. allizomeniz

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    roger, Word 2007. I've been told that but my version simply doesn't have that natively. I installed MS's Save as PDF add-in but it does a horrible job on most documents. The text comes out unevenly-spaced with gaps in the middle of words, at least for me. I've tried reinstalling and repairing Word but it keeps doing it. It might be something peculiar to my setup, but other converters don't create such gaps so I'm suspicious of Word itself. It has no quality options nor does it save footnote links.
     
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    PdfFactory & PdfFactory Pro. Both are great and allow lots of tweaking:

    http://fineprint.com/
     
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    I belong to a volunteer group and email a Monthly Newsletter. I prepare the Newsletter in Microsoft Office Word 2003 and convert to PDF using Expert PDF 5. If I use a link such as "http://www.whatever.com" the link can be opened from the converted PDF file. But, if I use a link such as "See Complete Article" the link cannot be opened from the created PDF file. However, sending the Word created Newsletter file to (Zemana Online file conversion) the Zemana created PDF file works as it should; no problem with the links either way. I can continue sending the Word files to Zemana to be converted to PDF but it would be nice to have a program that would allow me to do this myself. Anyone know of a program, preferably free, that would allow me to do this. As always I would appreciate all replies and would thank you in advance.

    John
     
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    I had hoped someone had experienced the same problem and knew a work around. Surely someone has had the same experience. If so, I would appreciate hearing from you. As always I would appreciate all replies and would thank you in advance.

    John
     
  19. allizomeniz

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    I'm using Word 2007 and have never been able to create links to external web pages; don't know if it's me or the program. What I'm saying is I can't say for sure, but you might try 7-PDF Maker http://www.7-pdf.de/en/downloads#140. It can export endnotes and footnotes, and it exports internal hyperlinks created in Word. You might give it a try. In my experience it has trouble with long or complex documents; overall it does good but not perfect. On smaller and simpler documents it does great. The last time I tried the portable version I believe it wasn't free, if memory serves, but that's been awhile.
     
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    Okay, I got it working. Strangely enough I had a registry key missing. Found a fix from MS, now it's finally working after all this time. I did my own simple test using the same text "See Complete Article" and linked it to whatever.com. 7-PDF Maker exported the link and it worked.
     
  22. jpcummins

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    Downloaded 7-PDF Maker and converted the Newsletter Word file and the links work perfectly as they should. Unfortunately now the columns don't line up as they should. The Newsletter has several pages so that may be the reason. Anyway will continue using Zemana until I can locate a program that meets my needs. I certainly do appreciate the help Allizomeniz.
     
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