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PDFCreator - Print to create PDF copies of almost anything

review from ClifNotes, Jan 2007, permalink _ PDF Tools


I used to recommend a free program called CutePdf, which allows you to print from any application and create a PDF file. I'm trying out PDF Creator now and it's every bit as easy to use. It's also simpler to install and Open Source software.


Creating a PDF isn't something that everyone is screaming to do, but it does have it's uses. For example, let's I'm on a trip and I want to print something from my laptop computer. I sure don't carry a printer with me but I can print any thing I can see into a PDF file. Then I can store it to look at later or send it to one of my friends by email. I also use a PDF printer at work and you'd be surprised how many times someone has seen me create a PDF and say "Wow! That's cool!".


BillWebb once wrote me about his view on PDF's and why he uses them.

... one of the biggest advantages to PDF's is that they can be opened by any machine, running any operating system -- all they need is the free Adobe Reader -- and they also prevent anyone from easily altering your work. That helps justify the size of the files, which can be huge in comparison with .rtf, or even .doc sometimes.


Quote from the website

PDFCreator is a free tool to create PDF files from nearly any Windows application.

Key Features:

  • 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.