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Old 01-12-2006, 12:20 AM   #1
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PDF utility recommended to me:

Thought some of you Windows weenies might find this utility useful.On my Windows PC, I missed my Mac's ability to print directly to a PDF file, so I looked around and found a free utility that does the job. From any Windows application, I can now simply select "Free PDF" in the print dialog and it's a done deal.
http://www.primopdf.com/

# FREE PDF Converter - not a trial version.
# Print to PDF from virtually any application.
# Create PDF output optmized for print, screen, ebook, or prepress.
# No annoying pop-up ads, no registration requirement - no catch!
# High-quality, easy to use PDF creator for all users.

Haven't tried it myself. Is it any good?

   
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Old 01-12-2006, 03:04 AM   #2
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PDF utility recommended to me:

http://www.primopdf.com/

Haven't tried it myself. Is it any good?


I will certainly try it, Richard.

In addition to the qualities they mention, I am interested in the size of the resulting PDF. Some of my clients have dial-up users, and the size is important for speed. I have found the same MS Word document to be as much as ten times as large with one utility, compared with another.

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Old 01-12-2006, 02:03 PM   #3
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After reading the problems in their support forum http://forums.primopdf.com/ I recommend caution.
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Headings like: "Does anything ever get fixed?" is a bit worrying!
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After reading the problems in their support forum http://forums.primopdf.com/ I recommend caution.
I would suggest more than caution, I would suggest waiting to see if the problems get fixed. Free is great, but the problems I read about imply a good chance of wasting time without a useful result. I was going to try it, but not after reading so many problems.
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Old 01-12-2006, 05:28 PM   #6
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Have a look here. There are two free ones that use GhostScript under the hood, which makes for a pretty reliable PDF making engine.

Compatible PDF-making software
http://www.rdpslides.com/pptools/prep4pdf/FAQ00033.htm

Ignore the rest of the site unless you're bigtime into making PDFs from PowerPoint. ;-)

   
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Richard, why not just right click and choose the convert to PDF option from the mouse menu, rather than fiddling about with extra junk?
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Richard, why not just right click and choose the convert to PDF option from the mouse menu, rather than fiddling about with extra junk?
I must be missing something... right-click where? And where would a "convert to PDF" option come from if not from PrimoPDF?

(I had downloaded this program a couple of months ago and even had it installed for a bit - but looking through the forum I hurriedly added a shortcut to the forum in the download directory and a note to NOT install it; tramples on dlls and Registry keys like the PC belongs to the program and the author isn't aware of differences between WinXP and Win95! Not something I want to have on my system. - When testing it only produced blank pages anyway: that test was quickly over!)

   
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Richard, why not just right click and choose the convert to PDF option from the mouse menu, rather than fiddling about with extra junk?
Without some kind of extra junk, be it the program Richard mentions or Adobe Acrobat or some other, there's no right-click, Convert to PDF option in Windows.

PDF making isn't built in to the system as it now is on Macs.

   
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Steve:

PDF making isn't built in to the system as it now is on Macs

But it is said to be coming in Vista. There are various programs that will form a PDF document from almost any program, but none of the ones that are free are almost guaranteed to be free from serious faults (at least, in Windows).

   
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