Free PDF Makers...Yeah Right!!!!

by twersk
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I have downloaded 6 (supposedly) free Word to PDF converters...most of them have been from CNet. Other then Nitro PDF, every single one I have downloaded has had some sort of watermark that ruins the conversion. Yes, they are "free" but it is so misleading because you can't use the PDF anyway and so far, everyone does it, except Nitro PDF.

Does anyone know where I can get a freeware product that is actually free and doesn't play these dumb games?

Thx...
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  • Profile picture of the author mekap04
    Why don't you use OpenOffice Writer and then convert it to PDF format. It's free.
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  • Profile picture of the author mmntv
    CutePDF Writer will let you print from Word to PDF without a watermark but I don't remember if it preserves hyperlinks or not.
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    • Profile picture of the author threezerozero
      Originally Posted by mmntv View Post

      CutePDF Writer will let you print from Word to PDF without a watermark but I don't remember if it preserves hyperlinks or not.
      CutePDF will preserve hyperlinks. I used to use this program at work. It's a pretty good free product, but I normally convert to PDF using MS Word 07.
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      • Profile picture of the author GarrieWilson
        Originally Posted by twersk View Post

        still trying to figure out how CNet...a reputable company...lists "free" software on their site...when they have to know Open Office exists.
        They list Open Office too. You looked, I'm sure, in the wrong category.

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        There is also eWriterPro - completely free and no watermark.
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        It's not "there" but nice link drop.

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        • Profile picture of the author Will Edwards
          Originally Posted by GarrieWilson View Post

          They list Open Office too. You looked, I'm sure, in the wrong category.

          It's not "there" but nice link drop.

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    • Profile picture of the author scriptlance
      Originally Posted by mmntv View Post

      CutePDF Writer will let you print from Word to PDF without a watermark but I don't remember if it preserves hyperlinks or not.
      yes right.
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  • Profile picture of the author GorillazGoods
    Do you have at least Microsoft Word 2007? I actually never need to download a converter since the 2007 edition allows you to convert to PDF very easily. All you need to do is "Save As", then choose PDF.
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    • Profile picture of the author GlenH
      Originally Posted by GorillazGoods View Post

      Do you have at least Microsoft Word 2007? I actually never need to download a converter since the 2007 edition allows you to convert to PDF very easily. All you need to do is "Save As", then choose PDF.
      Yes....exactly. MS Word 2007 - 2010 has ' save as pdf' function and the embedded links are preserved.
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      • Profile picture of the author nmoppa01
        Originally Posted by GlenH View Post

        Yes....exactly. MS Word 2007 - 2010 has ' save as pdf' function and the embedded links are preserved.
        Acrobat works with Word 2010 only (properly) if you have upgraded to or bought Acrobat 10. Then you can use Save As and embedded links are preserved. If you have an older Acrobat version, you can work around this issue by using the export to pdf function in Word 2010, then the embedded links are preserved.

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    • Profile picture of the author Kerry Finch
      Originally Posted by GorillazGoods View Post

      Do you have at least Microsoft Word 2007? I actually never need to download a converter since the 2007 edition allows you to convert to PDF very easily. All you need to do is "Save As", then choose PDF.
      Yep - what the Gorilla said. And if you are on a Mac, just select File>Export>to PDF. Nothing tricky or complex or expensive.
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  • Profile picture of the author twersk
    Thanks Mekap04...Open Office is perfect...I guess all these companies bank on the fact that many people like me had never heard of it. I mean, I just don't see what it is these guys offer that is any different then the PDF I just made. It's not like my PDF's corners are crooked!

    Thanks Gorilla...still got '03
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  • Profile picture of the author Bill Hugall
    Simple to do. Just save your word doc. as PDF in the drop down file when you go to save your doc. You are done.
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  • Profile picture of the author twersk
    Yeah...Unfortunately I got 03...but now I got Open Office. Acts like Word...

    still trying to figure out how CNet...a reputable company...lists "free" software on their site...when they have to know Open Office exists.
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  • Profile picture of the author paradox_qu
    I would go with libreoffice. Open office was bought out recurrently and a lot of the developers jumped ship and went to libreoffice. Its free and gives full office functionality and will allow you to export to pdf.
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    • Profile picture of the author denysapu
      Originally Posted by paradox_qu View Post

      I would go with libreoffice. Open office was bought out recurrently and a lot of the developers jumped ship and went to libreoffice. Its free and gives full office functionality and will allow you to export to pdf.
      Ya! and thanks - that's exactly I need.
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      • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
        Not trying to be pompous here, but there are people in the world who don't use PDF conversions to make products for sale, whether for cash or an email address. For them the watermark means nothing.

        You (OP), on the other hand, seem to believe that companies owe you a fully functioning, free piece of software, without getting something back in return. What about marketers that offer "free" reports that must be paid for with an email address and endless pitch mails? Are they also "misleading" and "playing dumb games"?
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  • Profile picture of the author twersk
    Awesome. Can you or anybody answer the question I have about this? The plugin you talk about, the Open Office idea that was given by meka04? I mean, I guess I just need to read more because it's embarrassing that I don't know all these things exist...Still trying to figure out what all these pdf converter software products have over ideas like these...
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  • Profile picture of the author Kommrad Khol
    Download open office, format it to fit the pages right, then save as a pdf.
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  • Profile picture of the author David Keith
    adobe themselves even created a very reasonable solution for budget minded people. its like $10 for a month of pdf creation. Just get your pdf ready and buy it for 1 month. Then you get virtually the same product (adobe acrobat) for $10/month that many of us paid something like $200 for.

    https://www.acrobat.com/createpdf/en...4942170-503730

    BTW. not trying to be pompous (seems to be the word of the day), but how long did you look for a free solution to your problem? Sometimes the opportunity cost of searching for free solutions is much higher than just using a little cash to solve the problem to begin with and getting the appropriate software. Don't be afraid to invest in your business.
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    • Profile picture of the author Nightengale
      I am such a dunce. I have Word 2010 and didn't realize I could save files as a PDF! :p

      So when I needed to convert files to PDF, I DID find a free online converter that converted my files with no watermark whatsoever -- AND the links all work. The quality of the images in the conversion weren't as good as I'd like, but it was good enough.

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      BTW. not trying to be pompous (seems to be the word of the day), but how long did you look for a free solution to your problem? Sometimes the opportunity cost of searching for free solutions is much higher than just using a little cash to solve the problem to begin with and getting the appropriate software. Don't be afraid to invest in your business.
      Eeeeexactly! Thank you! Someone who "gets" it. Too many Warriors offer advice like "Everything you need is here on the WF or can be found through Google. Just do a search."

      That's just plain BAD advice.

      True, you can keep your hard costs down by following that advice. But at what cost? Following that advice is like looking for a needle in a haystack. How much time are you going to lose? How many opportunities are you going to lose?

      Business and the Internet moves so fast that you'll end up building a MatchBox car while your competitor has built a Rolls Royce.

      Too many Warriors aren't willing to invest in their business. Worse, they have an entitlement mentality and think they should be given stuff for free (or virtually free).

      Do you want to build a BUSINESS? Or just just have a hobby?

      Certainly be smart about your expenses. But this is a BUSINESS and money SHOULD be spent.

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  • Profile picture of the author samjaynz
    Just use open office. It's free and work.

    Or actually pay and get Adobe Acrobat - which is a thousand times better again
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  • Profile picture of the author SteveSRS
    cutePDF works perfect.. however to save hyperlink you must use a trick and not 'print as pdf'. You must do following:

    When doc is ready with hyperlinks:
    1. Go to File
    2. Click 'Save and Send'
    3. Click Send as PDF
    4. You email client (outlook) will open with a blank email and the PDF file as attachment
    5. Righ click the pdf file and choose copy
    6. Go to folder where you want it and paste (ctrl + v)

    All done
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  • Profile picture of the author smokey58
    Originally Posted by twersk View Post

    I have downloaded 6 (supposedly) free Word to PDF converters...most of them have been from CNet. Other then Nitro PDF, every single one I have downloaded has had some sort of watermark that ruins the conversion. Yes, they are "free" but it is so misleading because you can't use the PDF anyway and so far, everyone does it, except Nitro PDF.

    Does anyone know where I can get a freeware product that is actually free and doesn't play these dumb games?

    Thx...
    Word 2010 has a PDF converter built in. And there is no dumb watermark to make you look like an amateur.
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    • Profile picture of the author cj20032005
      There have been a lot of different methods mentioned... and all are great. If you still need more options to convert to PDF, you can use websites that convert for free. You upload your word document, or whatever document, and it will convert it to PDF and send it to your email. Do a google search for free online PDF converter.

      CJ
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  • Profile picture of the author venkateshk
    'dopdf' is another software that can be used without any watermarks or any thing of that sort, but not sure if it comes for free.
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  • Profile picture of the author Michael Oksa
    Maybe you should try OpenOffice. OR if you have Word 2007 or higher, just click "Save As" and select PDF for your file type.

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  • Profile picture of the author centurion81
    what about CutePDF....I use it for quite a while and it worked fine.
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  • LOL, wtf? Since when do you need a special program to convert from Word to PDF??? Just click "save as PDF" in word.
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  • Profile picture of the author Perrymma
    1. Type it up in openoffice
    2. Open it up in google docs
    3. Convert to google doc
    4. Save as PDF

    Done!
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  • Profile picture of the author Will Edwards
    There is also eWriterPro - completely free and no watermark. THe only problem is that is doesn't run on Windows 7. However, if you are using an earlier version of Windows, it is an excellent piece of software.

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  • Profile picture of the author sbucciarel
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    I use Open Office, and it is free and easy to export your document to pdf. You can open Word docs with it also
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  • Profile picture of the author rendell
    Alternative is to use chrome
    1) upload your doc to google drive
    2) print to "save as pdf".
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  • Profile picture of the author DotComBum
    You can try freepdfconvert.com
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  • Profile picture of the author GetShorty
    Yep I use Open Office to create PDF's

    Open Office is probably one of the best pieces of freeware i have found on the internet.
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  • Profile picture of the author karocom
    Save as PDF" plugin for Word
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  • Profile picture of the author laracoates28
    I always use Google Docs to make a pdf from word docs. It is easy.

    You can have a look at this Convert ms word to pdf online free using Google Docs
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  • Profile picture of the author dave_hermansen
    I agree with the folks that have recommended OpenOffice.org. I've used it to convert .doc & .docx files to PDF format for a few years and it works great!
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  • Profile picture of the author Vadimarket
    I don't get it. Why would someone pay money for the PDF convertor to begin with?
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    • Profile picture of the author twersk
      Originally Posted by Vadimarket View Post

      I don't get it. Why would someone pay money for the PDF convertor to begin with?
      Just saw your post...I thought the same thing!! I started this post, almost got into a fight with somebody and asked the same question you asked, but nobody answered it...
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  • Profile picture of the author jefkas
    I always convert wordpress posts to pdf immediately after publishing and then jump over and put them on scribd.

    Your hyperlinks get saved too.. and I've been surprised to see a decent amount of traffic from scribd as a result.
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  • Profile picture of the author Bruce NewMedia
    You say you have Word 2003, right? I have the same, and it works perfectly with free PRIMO PDF. It installs and appears as a menu selection under the PRINT command...works flawlessly. Hope that helps!
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  • Profile picture of the author SJJPFTW
    I didnt read the whole thread so this might have already been said but Cute PDF is awesome, and free.
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  • Profile picture of the author JamesColin
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    one note about libreoffice, I didn't follow the story of openoffice, but recently I wanted to import a pdf for editing and in open office it doesn't work, it always open as ASCII, so I looked at a plugin to do that in open office and then I learned about the story about the fork libreoffice.
    So I uninstalled openoffice and now go with libreoffice, it is basically exactly the same but better, more updates and functionnalities, so why not.
    It's exactly the same that happened with Joomla when it forked out of Mambo, I don't know if you remember.. Now Mambo is unknown and Joomla is known..
    Well I now use libreoffice and at least I can open/import pdf files as it should have been the case with openoffice!
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  • Profile picture of the author mattysaff
    PDF online is the best option for free pdf maker.
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  • Profile picture of the author Isaiah Jackson
    if you want something free then use OpenOffice. Too easy if you ask me.
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