by Raygun
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Can anyone tell me the best pdf converter(from ms word)? I am looking for a free one but I would be willing to pay if another is worth it.


Thanks,
Ray
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  • Profile picture of the author KimW
    I think you might want to try open office. I haven't used it in a while, but I believe you can covert word docs and files created with open office to pdfs.
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  • Profile picture of the author lisag
    Originally Posted by Raygun View Post

    Can anyone tell me the best pdf converter(from ms word)? I am looking for a free one but I would be willing to pay if another is worth it.


    Thanks,
    Ray
    Here's an online multi-featured one. I use it all the time. It's free.

    Convert Data, Files Online FREE: PDF, Word, Excel, Text, Images
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  • Profile picture of the author freudianslip27
    Openoffice is okay as a pdf converter, but I've found that when I open up some documents that were created in word, the formating gets messed up a bit.

    I use PrimoPDF which is free and works really well.

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  • Profile picture of the author Quentin
    I did a review on a number of different ones. Open office is really good but you can compare to others here.

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  • Profile picture of the author Sour
    If you're asking how to convert your Word file to PDF, just go to File > Print and there's an option to save the file as a PDF. There's no additional software required outside of MS Word.
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  • Profile picture of the author TheChimp
    PDFCreator works best for me. Products such as CutePDF etc i found could not render graphics very well. I can't fault PDFCreator.

    There is a link posted above.

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  • Profile picture of the author craigbrown
    If you upload a word document for instance to scribd.com (gives the option of making it private), then you can download a copy as a PDF from scribd.
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  • Profile picture of the author Raygun
    Thanks to everyone, I really appreciate all the great information. Makes my choice a lot easier.
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  • Profile picture of the author Fukuko
    I've tested quite a few and my top pick is the free bullzip PDF writer. Works like a charm!
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  • Profile picture of the author kendrickyi
    I've tried PrimoPDF and OpenOffice. I didn't like PrimoPDF because whatever links I put in my doc ended up unclickable in the PDF.

    OpenOffice is okay, just that as someone mentioned, the formatting gets messed up when I open a doc that was typed and saved in MS Word.

    I'm currently looking for a free Doc to PDF converter that disables the copy and paste function in the PDF because I don't want people to copy the text in the PDF. (From what I know) OpenOffice doesn't have. Any recommendations? And one that also allows clickable text and image links?
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    • Profile picture of the author Loren Woirhaye
      Originally Posted by kendrickyi View Post


      I'm currently looking for a free Doc to PDF converter that disables the copy and paste function in the PDF because I don't want people to copy the text in the PDF. (From what I know) OpenOffice doesn't have. Any recommendations? And one that also allows clickable text and image links?
      I had one developed that may fit your needs. It's about 28 Megs
      and as permissions for PDFs and a full word processor in it. Here's
      the link to get it: JVManager 2 Fantasos
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      • Profile picture of the author kendrickyi
        Originally Posted by Loren Woirhaye View Post

        I had one developed that may fit your needs. It's about 28 Megs
        and as permissions for PDFs and a full word processor in it. Here's
        the link to get it: JVManager 2 Fantasos
        Thanks Loren. Will check it out when I have the time.
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  • Profile picture of the author Tracy Yates
    My question is this.....If you are already proficient in using MS Word, then why not simply make a switch over to OpenOffice Writer and use that to create your documents to begin with and then use the "create PDF" function directly from that program?

    This would eliminate any weird conversions when using OpenOffice Writer and trying to generate a PDF from a pre-existing Word .doc file.

    Alternatively, you can open up the Word .doc inside OpenOffice Writer and make adjustments before you hit the "create PDF" button. But of course this is going to mean more work on your end.

    So, I have to agree with the majority here, and as a long time user of OpenOffice Writer, telling you to go with OpenOffice. It's 100% free, no expiry, no annoying nag screens, etc. Just the fully functioning suite of tools comparable to those within MS Office.


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    • Profile picture of the author kendrickyi
      Originally Posted by Tracy Yates View Post

      My question is this.....If you are already proficient in using MS Word, then why not simply make a switch over to OpenOffice Writer and use that to create your documents to begin with and then use the "create PDF" function directly from that program?

      This would eliminate any weird conversions when using OpenOffice Writer and trying to generate a PDF from a pre-existing Word .doc file.

      Alternatively, you can open up the Word .doc inside OpenOffice Writer and make adjustments before you hit the "create PDF" button. But of course this is going to mean more work on your end.

      So, I have to agree with the majority here, and as a long time user of OpenOffice Writer, telling you to go with OpenOffice. It's 100% free, no expiry, no annoying nag screens, etc. Just the fully functioning suite of tools comparable to those within MS Office.


      Tracy

      I used to have OpenOffice, but I noticed that it causes my com to lag even more. Also, one thing which really put me off was that in Word, I can get synonyms by right clicking on the text, but the process of getting synonyms is less convenient in OpenOffice.

      I've since switched back to Word.

      Not saying that OpenOffice is bad. I quite like it, apart from the 2 issues I mentioned above, but those 2 issues put me off enough to revert to Word.
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  • Profile picture of the author Rinz
    I've been using pdf converter and quite satisfied so far..
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  • Profile picture of the author Neil Morgan
    As other have said, there are many of these.

    If your document has links, make sure you use a PDF convertor that makes your links clickable. Not all do that.

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  • Profile picture of the author Sean Kelly
    None of those will embed Audio, Video or Flash in your PDFs or even stream YouTube videos.

    If you want to do all this for under $20, check out my PDF converter at PdfPrinterPro.com

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    • Profile picture of the author Kim Standerline
      Just reading your sales page Sean

      Looks very interesting, I like how you can use vids etc

      Kim

      Originally Posted by Sean Kelly View Post

      None of those will embed Audio, Video or Flash in your PDFs or even stream YouTube videos.

      If you want to do all this for under $20, check out my PDF converter at PdfPrinterPro.com

      Sean
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    • Profile picture of the author lisag
      Originally Posted by Sean Kelly View Post

      None of those will embed Audio, Video or Flash in your PDFs or even stream YouTube videos.

      If you want to do all this for under $20, check out my PDF converter at PdfPrinterPro.com

      Sean
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  • Profile picture of the author tweakr
    I use openoffice all the time for this, it has an option to export as PDF.

    @kendrickyi Have you tried after the deadline? They have an extension for open office, I don't think it works quite as well as MS word yet but it quite a nice free alternative.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jeremy Stephens
    I saw once a product that stops people copying your PDFs. It can be set up so that you have to register a copy of a PDF, one per computer, but I can't remember what it's called.
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  • Profile picture of the author sbucciarel
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    I create my documents in Open Office and then just save it as a pdf. I also open Word docs with it and haven't had any messed up formatting with it.
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  • Profile picture of the author Trevor
    Originally Posted by Raygun View Post

    Can anyone tell me the best pdf converter(from ms word)? I am looking for a free one but I would be willing to pay if another is worth it.


    Thanks,
    Ray
    Hey Ray,

    I don't know if it has already been mentioned in the thread or not, but I (because I'm on a mac most of the time) write my documents in Microsoft Word, put in all the images, change everything to the final format and also create the background graphics (you can simply put an image to the header and/or footer section in Word and there are not restrictions as to how big the image should be, so you can copy in an A4 image and it fills all the background space). I then save the .docx file as a PDF and the only thing I do afterwards is I add links in Adobe Acrobat Pro (somehow the links from the .docx document disappear everytime). This is the way I create my PDF documents and e-books.
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  • Profile picture of the author HorseStall
    I have had good success with PDF995 to convert ANY type of file to a pdf.
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  • Profile picture of the author grandstar
    If you want to use any PDF converter, ensure its prevents readers from copying from it. This will prefer plagiarizing of parts of your e-book. If you don't mind them copying it, then you have no reason to be fussy.
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  • Profile picture of the author Dimitris Skiadas
    I use Nitro PDF reader. It is free but if you like you can upgrade to the PRO version with some dollars.

    Hope this helps

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    but nitro last 15 days?
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