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Old 06-14-2008, 02:55 PM   #1
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SWMBO and I are in the middle of a gigantic pile of move related paperwork. We have access to a printer and fax machine, but we have to go to the apartment complex's main office to use them. Most of the folks with whom we're dealing will accept electronic documents, but they must be PDF files (let's not get into a big discussion about the "security" of document formats). So...

I don't want to shell out big bucks for Adobe's software, but I did find a pretty neat little open source program that installs printer drivers that print to a PDF file (along with a few other formats). You just send your document (web page, word processing file, image, etc) to that "printer," and it saves the printed image to PDF. The software seems to be well designed and works exactly as advertised. Check out PDFCreator.


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Old 06-14-2008, 03:09 PM   #2
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It sounds like it's an open source version of Acrobat Distiller. I get Acrobat free at work, but otherwise I'd be using that. Nice find.


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Old 06-14-2008, 04:21 PM   #3
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Openoffice.org is a free MS office clone that works very well, and makes PDF's.
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Old 06-14-2008, 04:31 PM   #5
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Also, that function is native on Mac OS.
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Old 06-14-2008, 04:38 PM   #6
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+1 on cute pdf
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Old 06-14-2008, 04:51 PM   #7
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I didn't know about CutePDF - looks like great software.

I'm going to stick with PDFCreator for now since it does everything I want. I already have MS Office, so OpenOffice is a bit bulky just for PDF functionality. I do use OpenOffice on my Ubuntu machine (currently in storage).
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Yeah PDFcreator is awesome. I've been using it for quite a while now....no complaints
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+3 on CutePDF, it acts like a printer and it works very well, you can tweak everything to how you want it. I like it, or I use OpenOffice.org to create PDFs of papers that I need to print out or take to a class or send to someone and such.


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