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  1. Jim Thompson

    Jim Thompson Guest

    Awhile back someone mentioned that they had a program that was *free*
    that could create PDFs.

    A friend has a need for such a program, but my surfing/googling hasn't
    yielded an answer.

    Can someone refresh my memory?

    Thanks!

    ...Jim Thompson
     
  2. Mario Trams

    Mario Trams Guest

    Yes, with pdflatex you can create PDFs (the text has to be written
    in LaTeX, of course).
    There are also free tools available for PostScript-to-PDF conversion;
    ps2pdf for instance.

    All this is more or less standard stuff in UNIX/Linux systems.
    But I guess that these things are available for native Windows as well.

    Regards,
    Mario


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  3. Oppie

    Oppie Guest

    _________________
    | Awhile back someone mentioned that they had a program that was *free*
    | that could create PDFs.
    |
    | A friend has a need for such a program, but my surfing/googling hasn't
    | yielded an answer.
    |
    | Can someone refresh my memory?
    |
    | Thanks!
    |
    | ...Jim Thompson


    I got my copy as part of Adobe PhotoDeluxe that came with the HP
    Scanjet3300C. If you go to HP's website you can download the files that were
    on the original distribution CD. (kids, don't try this at home without
    broadband)

    Oppie

    sig line moved to bottom specially for JT :)
    thanks for the heads up.
     
  4. Jim Thompson

    Jim Thompson Guest

    Thanks, Robert. Downloaded it and passed it on. Friend is computer
    illiterate *and* cheap... we'll see how it works out ;-)

    (I have Adobe Acrobat myself.)

    ...Jim Thompson
     
  5. http://www.pdf995.com/ works well for me.
     
  6. Jim Thompson

    Jim Thompson Guest

    On Sun, 07 Sep 2003 20:05:52 GMT, "Michael A. Terrell"

    [snip]
    That page implies that you first print a PS file then convert. Is
    that a correct interpretation?

    ...Jim Thompson
     
  7. If he/she just wants to create "MS office" type documents, they can
    pop over to openoffice.org, download the suite (only 63M, so just a
    few minutes). You can export as PDF directly from the program. It
    opens Word, Excel, etc. documents. The price is right, too. (free).

    Best regards,
    Spehro Pefhany
     
  8. Possibly, but you won't notice. You simply select pdf995 as your printer,
    and print from your application. A dialog pops up to type in the *.pdf
    filename, and that's it. I paid $10 for it, to get rid of the ads, and
    it is certainly value for money.
     
  9. Garrett Mace

    Garrett Mace Guest


    I'm surprised that no one has mentioned Ghostscript, which at least in my
    experience is the de facto standard for non-Adobe PDF creation. There even
    exist plugins to create a "PDF Printer" much like Adobe's own. I've used
    Ghostscript many times to create a PDF from a CAD drawing.

    http://www.cs.wisc.edu/~ghost/
     
  10. Mike

    Mike Guest

    Sounds like you've already found a solution. If that doesn't work, there's
    always ghostscript. There is a Windows version, which you can download free
    from somewhere. One of the batch utilities that comes with it is a PS to
    PDF converter. In previous versions, it took quite a bit of flogging to
    make the converter work, but my recollection is that the most recent
    release works with no modification.

    -- Mike --
     
  11. Active8

    Active8 Guest

    yeah. and it opened my xls, doc, etc. files. so it looks like it does
    everything the microshaft product does, but the UI might be
    better/easier to learn.

    mike
     
  12. http://www.pdf995.com/ is a shell program that uses Ghostscript and
    Ghostwriter to do the grunt work.
     
  13. No, its like Frank said, you select PDF995 as your printer, then a
    window pops up for you to enter a filename. You can select a directory
    if you want a different one, then you click save. That's all there is
    to it.
     
  14. nospam

    nospam Guest

    But he said free - not powered by spam.
     
  15. Gregg

    Gregg Guest

    Scribus will convert .txt to .pdf and write them from scratch too.
     
  16. Try lyx
     
  17. Guest

    Another one that no one has mentioned, which may be best of all is a
    program called fineprint (www.fineprint.com) which will work like a
    printer. Create your document with whatever program you want and then
    print with the fineprint "pdf printer" .. I think it is limited to 5
    pages per document, but most of the ones I use are 1 page anyway. Of
    course if you wanna buy it it is not limited. (50$) .. It will even
    combine output pages, up to 8 on one 8x10 page.. acts like a versatle
    virtual printer. Then of course just use acrobat reader to read/print
    the pages.
     
  18. ??? I have used it for over a year, and I have never seen any spam
    from it.
     
  19. I think this is the link your looking for. This one works great. www.pdf995.com
     
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