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    Question PDF converter

    I've been using PDFill for over a year and have been very happy with it. However, it rides on Java. With Java removed...no PDFill.

    Is there a good piece of freeware that converts Word and Excel files to PDF files and allows page shuffling, text inserting and editing, and can convert a scan to a PDF file? Oh, and doesn't require Java? Failing that, what commercial converter would you recommend for the occasional user (i.e. CHEAP)?

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    Hi Magna,
    I don't have any office installed but I do use Word Pad, and create a pdf file from it or any printable page using http://www.cutepdf.com/ free version.
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    I use and have often recommended PDF-Xchange Viewer. I am pointing toward the CNet download only because the Tracker software site has both paid and free versions with a free trial version also available and it's somewhat hard to distinguish between the versions and which download link to use.

    This app works very well without Java, integrates very well with IE and FF browsers (Chrome has it's own reader) and does not consume huge amounts of resources like the Adobe Reader does.

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    You can use Kernel for Word to PDF which is a stand alone application and doesn't require java to be installed on your system.

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    If you have Office from Office 2007 forward you can save a document as PDF in Office. Converting a scan is a different story as you are saving a picture as a PDF. A picture does not contain the data structures to modify text in the document easily.

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    i like bullzip pdf printer.
    it installs as a printer, and can then create pdfs from any application by "printing" to it.
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    Lots to chose from, here is one more that is free and works well for making pdf, not editing: www.dopdf.com

    For shuffling and restructuring a pdf I use this: PDFTK Builder

    It runs well as portable on USB also.
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    I've had good results with PrimoPDF (free version) from Nitro PDF, Inc.

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    I've used PDF Creator for years. It's also an alt-printer. Just be sure to uncheck any toolbar or downloader offers. It's very reliable.

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    Not to hijack this but a good practice is to set your "pdf printer" as the default printer.
    It helps to minimize the amount of paper one needs to recycle.
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    Cute PDF is the best. I use it multiple times every day! And it's free! http://cutepdf.com/products/cutepdf/Writer.asp

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