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Sat Oct 6, 2012, 04:28 PM

What is a good free word to pdf converter? nm

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Reply What is a good free word to pdf converter? nm (Original post)
rhett o rick Oct 2012 OP
NYC_SKP Oct 2012 #1
NYC_SKP Oct 2012 #2
csziggy Oct 2012 #3
rhett o rick Oct 2012 #6
RC Oct 2012 #8
rhett o rick Oct 2012 #11
csziggy Oct 2012 #12
rhett o rick Oct 2012 #13
JBoy Oct 2012 #17
Downwinder Oct 2012 #4
Make7 Oct 2012 #5
rhett o rick Oct 2012 #9
discntnt_irny_srcsm Oct 2012 #7
rhett o rick Oct 2012 #10
glad581 Oct 2012 #14
rhett o rick Oct 2012 #15
dixiegrrrrl Oct 2012 #16
ChromeFoundry Oct 2012 #18
guardian Oct 2012 #19
RoccoR5955 Oct 2012 #20
Kennah Oct 2012 #21
rhett o rick Oct 2012 #22
Phillip McCleod Oct 2012 #23
Donna111 Nov 2013 #24
rhett o rick Nov 2013 #25
Deuce Nov 2013 #26
rhett o rick Nov 2013 #27

Response to rhett o rick (Original post)

Sat Oct 6, 2012, 04:31 PM

1. This is so not going to be helpful, but, a Mac lets you select save as PDF when you go to print.

You might want to try it: go to print and then see if there's an option to save as a PDF.

Alternatively, try "Save as" and see if there isn't a .PDF option there.

Different computer op systems vary widely as do printer options, that it's hard to help.

Give these things a try, though.

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Response to rhett o rick (Original post)

Sat Oct 6, 2012, 04:33 PM

2. Update: Word for Mac 2008 lets you "save as" and then you select PDF.

I hope that your version of Word lets you do the same.

Otherwise, I hope someone else with a PC can suggest an app.

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Response to rhett o rick (Original post)

Sat Oct 6, 2012, 04:38 PM

3. I like Cute PDF

Free PDF application that shows up as a printer option so you print to PDF with ANY program: http://www.cutepdf.com/Products/CutePDF/writer.asp

I also use it a lot to save web pages as PDFs - if I set my browser printer application to print the date and the URL on the page, it saves those in the PDF so I always know where I got that material.

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Response to csziggy (Reply #3)

Sat Oct 6, 2012, 05:15 PM

6. Thanks. It says "Requires PS2PDF converter such as Ghostscript ". What is that? nm

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Response to rhett o rick (Reply #6)

Sat Oct 6, 2012, 05:52 PM

8. PS2PDF converter is a second file you need to download and run.

 

It should be on the same page as CutePDF

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Response to RC (Reply #8)

Sat Oct 6, 2012, 06:23 PM

11. ok thanks. nm

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Response to rhett o rick (Reply #6)

Sat Oct 6, 2012, 07:58 PM

12. Its a script that allows the program to run

PS2PDF = PostScript to Portable Document Format

There is a link on the page so you can download the needed file to install it.

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Response to csziggy (Reply #12)

Sun Oct 7, 2012, 12:32 PM

13. Thank you. nm

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Response to csziggy (Reply #3)

Thu Oct 11, 2012, 11:11 AM

17. +1 for CutePDF.

I use it all the time, and it's fantastic.

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Response to rhett o rick (Original post)

Sat Oct 6, 2012, 04:41 PM

4. You can open a word file in Open Office and

export it to PDF.

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Response to rhett o rick (Original post)

Sat Oct 6, 2012, 05:00 PM

5. Open Office should probably open most Word documents...

... and allow them to be saved as a PDF. Not sure of the degree of compatibility with MS Office 2010 documents - it does handle older versions fairly well.

  http://www.openoffice.org/

Or you could try an online conversion site if you are only doing a small number of documents. I found the following one on a discussion board about Open Office compatibility issues (I haven't tried it - so I can't say how well it works):

  http://www.zamzar.com/

BTW - I'd probably use (or set up) an anonymous web email account with that site.

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Response to Make7 (Reply #5)

Sat Oct 6, 2012, 06:20 PM

9. Thanks. I d/l openoffice and used that. nm

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Response to discntnt_irny_srcsm (Reply #7)

Sat Oct 6, 2012, 06:22 PM

10. Thank you. I should have mentioned I have Word 2003. nm

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Response to rhett o rick (Original post)

Tue Oct 9, 2012, 06:02 AM

14. Use this tool

I have a copy of Kernel for Word to PDF, you can also download and use this tool, the good thing about this tool is its easy to use interface and capability to manage the original formatting of the word file.

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Response to glad581 (Reply #14)

Tue Oct 9, 2012, 01:31 PM

15. Thank you. nm

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Response to rhett o rick (Reply #15)

Tue Oct 9, 2012, 07:10 PM

16. I have copied and pasted a word doc

into an outgoing email message ( Thunderbird) which lets me save it as a PDF file.
Then discard the email.
Course, you cannot edit the pdf then.

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Response to rhett o rick (Original post)

Thu Oct 11, 2012, 12:10 PM

18. doPDF is a free printer driver for creating PDF files.

It will save anything you can print to a PDF file.
It is free and requires no additional software to be installed.
Simply select the "doPDF" printer from your print options in the application.
You are prompted for a filename to save your output.

http://www.dopdf.com/

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Response to rhett o rick (Original post)

Thu Oct 11, 2012, 03:19 PM

19. PDF995

 

I used to use pdf995 (http://www.pdf995.com/) with Office 2003. Its was free and worked fine. I have since upgraded to Office 2010 so I don't need it anymore.

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Response to rhett o rick (Original post)

Sat Oct 13, 2012, 07:13 PM

20. If you want to convert word to PDF

There are many good free converters. Search http://www.sourceforge.net They have lots of open source software.

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Response to rhett o rick (Original post)

Tue Oct 16, 2012, 12:15 AM

21. pdfcreator is free

http://www.pdfforge.org/

Let's you print ANYTHING to PDF.

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Response to rhett o rick (Original post)

Tue Oct 16, 2012, 08:36 AM

22. Thanks for all the suggestions. nm

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Response to rhett o rick (Original post)

Mon Oct 29, 2012, 06:36 PM

23. just a note on pdf...

 

Adobe Portable Document Format extends postscript, which is historically a printer file. That's why on Macs for a while "Save as PDF..." was under "Print..."

And that's why any solution that works... works. When I was a graphic designer I usually ran it through Acrobat as a last step for print-readiness, but the whole idea is that any document that can be printed can be made into a PDF.

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Response to rhett o rick (Original post)

Wed Nov 27, 2013, 02:05 AM

24. reply

HI there
That exactly what i want to get.I also want to get a free word to pdf converter.For me ,i have purchased a powerful word converter,it supports to convert word to pdf effectively.But it is a little bit expensive for me.So i am planning to change another one.Thanks for any suggestion.And it would be perfect if it supports to work offline.

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Response to Donna111 (Reply #24)

Wed Nov 27, 2013, 10:50 AM

25. There are some good suggestions above. Good luck. nm

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Response to rhett o rick (Original post)

Wed Nov 27, 2013, 07:00 PM

26. PrimoPDF....

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Response to Deuce (Reply #26)

Wed Nov 27, 2013, 08:24 PM

27. I am using doPDF. nm

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