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Posted: 7/21/2008 12:18:30 PM EDT
At work she has documents she currently has to print, and fax to a bank. Well, the bank will only accept these documents in pdf format from now on. I am waiting on all the details, but some of them are .doc, and there are others.

My question is, is there an application available that will convert other file types to pdf?

Thanks
Link Posted: 7/21/2008 12:22:46 PM EDT
Get a free printer driver that pretends to be a printer to the computer, but it makes PDFs.

There's about a dozen of them for Windows.

I use PDF995. (Free with ad display.) Use Google to find it. Just download the software and the driver (separate for some copyright reason) install, and there's a new printer that prints to PDF from ANY program that can print.

They might not be able to edit the PDF afterwards if they do that, but they probably won't want to.
Link Posted: 7/21/2008 12:34:02 PM EDT
When I had Adobe Acrobat writer, I could use Word to print to a .pdf. They should be able to spring for that. The document can then be locked and password protected.
Link Posted: 7/21/2008 1:22:19 PM EDT
I use CutePDF for this (link). Free and easy.
Link Posted: 7/21/2008 3:31:02 PM EDT
Link Posted: 7/22/2008 1:46:37 AM EDT
Thanks for the replies, I just sent her the link to this thread, this should help alot.
Link Posted: 7/22/2008 2:11:46 AM EDT
I like PrimoPDF (another printer driver PDF generator).
Link Posted: 7/22/2008 2:22:52 AM EDT
OpenOffice will save directly to PDF (and also open just about any format out there). All free, open source software.
Link Posted: 7/22/2008 2:23:13 AM EDT

Originally Posted By RR_Broccoli:
Get a free printer driver that pretends to be a printer to the computer, but it makes PDFs.

There's about a dozen of them for Windows.

I use PDF995. (Free with ad display.) Use Google to find it. Just download the software and the driver (separate for some copyright reason) install, and there's a new printer that prints to PDF from ANY program that can print.

They might not be able to edit the PDF afterwards if they do that, but they probably won't want to.


Correct me if I am wrong... but isn't that the whole purpose of making a PDF file, to make it uneditable?

Thanks for the info though, I thought that Adobe was the only way.
Link Posted: 7/22/2008 2:43:12 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 7/22/2008 2:43:48 AM EDT by Avenger069]
I am late to the game but I will add PDFCreator. Like some of the other apps mentioned here it will add a PDFCreator "printer" that allows you to "print" any document to a pdf file. I like this one most because it works great and is free and open source. It is now part of the standard build where I work.
Link Posted: 7/22/2008 3:34:24 AM EDT

Originally Posted By FrankSymptoms:

Correct me if I am wrong... but isn't that the whole purpose of making a PDF file, to make it uneditable?


The primary point of [P]ortable [D]ocument [F]ormat is that it is portable to any system. PC, mac, unix, etc., and the formatting/text/images/everything stays exactly as originally 'printed'.
Link Posted: 7/22/2008 9:32:08 AM EDT

Originally Posted By FrankSymptoms:
..................Correct me if I am wrong... but isn't that the whole purpose of making a PDF file, to make it uneditable?

Thanks for the info though, I thought that Adobe was the only way.


The PDF creator can specify if the doc can be edited or not via password. We get a postal form from a mail house each month and slug in our name/address, etc.
Link Posted: 7/22/2008 11:29:33 AM EDT
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