There are many times when I have to share completed
documents between Windows and other platforms. While sharing a document between
system types is fairly straightforward these days, generating a document that
renders the same on all those platforms is difficult. PDF documents, despite
all that is ugly about them, get past this particular problem but leave one
with another burden; the tools arenít cheap. That is, they werenít cheap until
PDFCreator came along!
PDFCreator is an OpenSource project hosted at SourceForge (http://www.sourceforge.net) and can be
downloaded from the project pages at http://sourceforge.net/projects/pdfcreator.
The idea behind the program is elegant and simple.
PDFCreator is not intended to be a workgroup editing system so all it really
needs to do is present itself to any program and render that programís output
as a PDF file. So PDFCreator installs itself as another printer on your system.
With whatever program youíre working in, you merely print your work and choose
the PDFCreator printer as the output device. Iíll show you how.
First, download PDFCreator from http://sourceforge.net/project/showfiles.php?group_id=57796&package_id=53473&release_id=386526 and install the MSI package.
Accept the license agreement and choose the install path
And allow the installation to proceed
At the end of installation, you may need to reboot for
changes to become activated.
When youíre ready start Microsoft Word and open a document
you have laying around. From the File menu, choose Print. Select the PDFCreator
printer from the list.
PDFCreator will now display a dialog in which you can set
the details of the PDF document, itís name and where to save the PDF file.
(Note that you may also email the new PDF document)
Click Save and choose the name and destination folder for
the PDF document
When youíre done, PDFCreator opens the new PDF file in your
default PDF viewer.
And youíre done!! Yes, itís that easy and that affordable
(free is hard to beat, especially when it works this well!)
Remember, PDFCreator is not the place in which to do your
workgroup editing. Itís merely a logical way of turning your completed work
into a static, portable PDF document and it does that job very well!