Thursday, March 31, 2011

PDFCreator the Lifesaver!

The work I do involves sending documents of various formats and extensions (.doc, .xls, .ppt, .pps, .txt, just to name a few).  Within upgrades of the same software, there may also be multiple formats not compatible with each other.  Sometimes I waste a whole morning just saving documents in different formats to be sent a second or a third time.  Naturally, I searched for a solution.  And it was a no-brainer.  PDF was the answer to my problem.  With documents in PDF, everyone would be able to view them.

For those less in the know, PDF stands for Portable Document Format.  However, the ubiquitous (and free!) Adobe Acrobat Reader only reads docs.  I needed to be able to create them.

At first I used a pirate version of Adobe Acrobat but through multiple upgrades and through the hassle of dealing with cancelling requests for connections to the Adobe website, I gave up on it.  Besides, I was busy teaching others about the evils of piracy.  How could I use pirate software myself?  Sigh.

So I searched through the net forums for discussions on a reliable PDF creator tool.  After trolling through lines and paragraphs of text, I found my way to PDFCreator.  Why did I pick this one?  Easy.

One, it's open source software. It's free and the product of many people's input and sweat. One of my favourite websites is Sourceforge :) 

Two, it's always being updated.  As of today (31 March 2011, 9.28 a.m.), the latest update was four hours ago.  How's that for being with the times??

Three, as of now, 9667 users have recommended it.  That's good enough for me.

So now I'm using it.  Pretty good piece of software, by the way.


hobbit1964 said...

Really ah?
I try osso meh.

RuYanda said...

PDF is useful. I always save my group assignments in PDF format for distribution to all members so that it will (hopefully) stays unaltered (unless they copy-and-paste). Sometimes the size is smaller too when I convert ppt files to pdf. By the way, I use Microsoft's "Save as PDF" plugin for Microsoft Office 2007 (and above, I think).

Roslyn said...

Oh, I didn't know about that plugin. Thanks for the tip :) Sometimes there is so much information around on the net that I filter too much.

cindyjbj said...

Thank you! This has been most helpful. You've no idea how grateful I am. Thanks for sharing this, Roslyn.