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    Recommend free Adobe converter?

    I am pulling away from Adobe Acrobat and am looking for a free program that will let me print to pdf. I know there are several out there but thought I would see what some of you are using.

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    If all you want is a PDF printer, I use CutePDF, which also requires you to install Ghostscript. Works very well, I have no complaints about it.

    I also started using NitroPDF reader and that one also creates a PDF printer. I used it the first time a few seconds ago. Between Office natively allowing saving the documents in PDF and CutePDF, I never had the need to use the NitroPDF printer, but it seems to work well. By going with Nitro, you can replace Adobe Reader too (I prefer Nitro and the latest version even supports thumbnails that reflect the document first, something that wasn't available before, so it's really a no brainer to choose it over Acrobar Reader.
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    John,

    My favorite is PrimoPDF. I also use PDFCreator {open source} because I can set it to write w/o any prompts so I can get some control of it from VBA.
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    PDFCreator and CutePDF, in that order. (I prefer open source over free commercial programs).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ted Myers View Post
    Thats only a reader Ted.
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    The Standard and Pro editions are not just readers. They are not free, but much less than comprable Adobe products.
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    PDF printing

    Quote Originally Posted by Ted Myers View Post
    The Standard and Pro editions are not just readers. They are not free, but much less than comprable Adobe products.
    I've tried most of the ones mentioned here but found for simply printing something as a PDF file the best product is the free product "Bullzip printer" - http://www.bullzip.com/products/pdf/info.php . Appears only as an additional printer in your printer selection when clicking on the PRINT button. No fancy pages or any other things to read. Simply print.

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    PDF Printer

    Yep, Bullzip to print and convert to PDF and Foxitreader to view all my PDF Files. Threw away Bloated Adobe PDF over three years ago and have never looked back.

    Also Foxitreader is free and allows a fear amount of editing of a PDF file and provide many more times comands than Adobe.
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    If you are running Office 2007 SP2 or Office 2010, you can use the builtin "Save as PDF".

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    When file size is an issue

    I have tried pdf xchange, FoxIt's Phantom PDF, Nitro, and many others. Of those, I like FoxIt's software the best. But, none compare to Adobe when it comes to file size. I produce 100-150 page documents at my work and file size becomes an issue for storage and for emailing. Storage is getting cheaper, and there are ways to get around sending a file larger than 10gb to someone, but the smaller file size is just less work! So I have stuck with Adobe and test new programs against it whenever they come out. So far, Adobe still wins.

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    PDF reDirect (Freeware) works great. It installs as a printer, so you just print to it from any application that can print. You can preview the converted file before saving it, or just save it and then view it. Get it at http://exp-systems.com/.

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    If you're willing to use a free, web-based service to print your PDF file, check out zamzar.com.

    It can convert many types of files into many other types of files. I've used it now for about four or five years and find it extremely effective and reliable.

    You simply upload your file, and zamzar emails you back a download link for your converted file. Depending on the time of day, processing can take from mere seconds to maybe an hour.

    On another machine, I use PrimoPDF, which also does a great job.

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    At home I use CutePDF, at work we use PrimoPDF. Both are excellent. PrimoPDF has the additional function of drag and drop. Drag any document to the icon on the desk top and it convert it and create a PDF on the desktop.
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    Hi Loungers,

    I find PdfCreator very flexible in the formats it can print.

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