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#1 scotty_ncc1701

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Posted 17 July 2014 - 04:13 PM

I'm trying to change PDF creation software, and I hope I can get some recommendations here.  The following are the parameters:

 

1.  Must be free, not trail or shareware.

2.  Foxit out of the question.

 

I'm currently using one, but I don't want to say what it is, so the results isn't skewed.

 

Thanks in Advance.

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Posted 18 July 2014 - 07:39 AM

i can't say microsoft word is free but it is probably already on your machine. the later versions will export to pdf. use of a google account may also make it possible. you could attemot uploading an attachment to gmail (or into google drive) then selecting the" change format to google docs format" option and then opening the google doc and selecting pdf as a download option.


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Posted 18 July 2014 - 08:05 AM

By PDF creater if you mean having a PDF printer that can create a PDF from any application that can print to a file, I use Bullzip. In print options it will let you create custom pages with vertical and horizontal offsets. When you install it, it requires you to download a small opensource file called Ghostcript.

 

http://www.bullzip.com/products/pdf/info.php



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Posted 19 July 2014 - 12:44 PM

BULLPDF Printer seems fine, but there are a few things that must be noted.  Specifically two lies:

1.  XPDF is required (per the installer).
2.  PDF Power Tool is required (per the installer).

Proof of the lies:

1.  The website says it is optional.
2.  If you clear all check marks on Ghostscript, XPDF and PDF Power Tool downloads, and click next, you get a warning that Ghostscript is needed.  Go back, check the Ghostscript box, then go forward, there are no warnings.  Then everything works fine if you have a PDF viewer installed (XPDF is a viewer), and don't install "PDF Power Tool".

https://www.virustotal.com/en/file/081efdff204b539b87089a27d0b44f62bd83cf3a14c0cdc31e7c15c94b305f0a/analysis/

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Posted 19 July 2014 - 04:19 PM

Thanks for the update on BullZip. They must have added all that junk after the version I installed.



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Posted 19 July 2014 - 11:33 PM

You can make PDFs using Libre Office Writer.

https://www.google.com/search?q=libre%2Boffice&oq=libre%2Boffice&aqs=chrome..69i57.7939j0j7&sourceid=chrome&es_sm=122&ie=UTF-8#q=libre%2Boffice%2Bwriter%2Bpdf 



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Posted 20 July 2014 - 01:11 AM

Nitro has a Free PDF Reader & Writer. 

 

http://www.nitropdf.com/pdf-reader

 

Make sure you download the correct bit version for your operating system. For example, the 32 bit version won't install on a 64 bit OS. 

 

You'll get prompted to upgrade to Pro, but don't have to. 

 

Hope this helps.  :)

 

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Posted 20 July 2014 - 06:38 AM

Thanks for the additional replies, but BullZip is what I've decided on.  I need more than just PDF creation in an "office clone", and I already use Tracker Software's PDF Exchange.

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Posted 20 July 2014 - 09:17 PM

By PDF creater if you mean having a PDF printer that can create a PDF from any application that can print to a file, I use Bullzip. In print options it will let you create custom pages with vertical and horizontal offsets. When you install it, it requires you to download a small opensource file called Ghostcript.

 

http://www.bullzip.com/products/pdf/info.php

 

Thanks for the info about Bullzip!  :thumbup2:

 

Nitro is no longer compatible with Windows 8.1, of which I seldom use, but still need a PDF creator on hand. The Windows 8 default PDF Reader is as described, a Reader only. 

 

Hopefully Nitro will become Windows 8.1 certified soon, as I've used it for years. In the meantime, will use what's available. Maybe I'll like Bullzip better. Won't know until I try it out. 

 

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