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Ediacara Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-14-04 11:46 PM
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How do I make a PDF?
Is there any way I can create PDFs using some kind of cheap or free software? It doesn't have to be a good PDF with text and image manipulation etc, just a PDF :-)
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ZenLefty Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-14-04 11:49 PM
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1. I think you need Acrobat Writer
Don't know any other way around it, but maybe someone else will have a clever alternative.

If not, PM me for my email address, and I'll pdf-itize it for you if you like.
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lpbk2713 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-14-04 11:51 PM
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2. Yep... You will need Adobe Acrobat Writer.
The reader is free and available almost anywhere but you have to pay for the writer.
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eyesroll Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-14-04 11:51 PM
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3. You can do it with Appleworks on Mac OSX (Panther)
I'm not sure how, without buying full Acrobat, you can do it on a PC.
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wtmusic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-14-04 11:58 PM
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8. Actually you can do it in any application, as easy as printing
Apple-P, save as PDF. That simple.
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eyesroll Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-15-04 12:12 AM
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9. Hm. True. Good deal.
Thanks!
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sir_captain Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-14-04 11:54 PM
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4. Here you go
just install this and "print" to it

http://sourceforge.net/projects/pdfcreator/
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Doctor Smith Donating Member (255 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-14-04 11:55 PM
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5. http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobatpro/tryout.html
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MikeG Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-14-04 11:56 PM
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6. The Adobe Acrobat software is available usually from Kazaa
Edited on Fri May-14-04 11:58 PM by MikeG
The program costs $250.00.
You can scan a document
Or create one with Word and print it into a pdf file.
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Elidor Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-14-04 11:58 PM
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7. If you're on PC you can
Edited on Fri May-14-04 11:59 PM by Hardhead
"Create PDFs for Free!"

http://www.CutePDF.com/Products/CutePDF/writer.asp

I have not used the freeware PDF software at this link. I have no idea if it's worth a damn. I use Acrobat 5 Distiller with Quark. But it looks interesting. Good luck.

Acrobat 6.0 runs about $400.
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BrewerJohn Donating Member (499 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-15-04 12:15 AM
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10. I use a rather geeky, but free method
on Windows...install a printer driver for a Postscript printer (doesn't matter which one); configure the install to print to a file. Then get Ghostscript, which is free and available at

http://www.cs.wisc.edu/~ghost /

Ghostscript allows you to print Postscript files on any printer, but also includes a utility that converts them to PDF. So you print any document to a Postscript file, then convert it.

There are several sites that give detailed instructions for this that can be googled. That's how I found out about it.
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Rick in Maryland Donating Member (90 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-15-04 12:34 AM
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11. OpenOffice.org can do it and it is free!
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