The best free pdf creator which creates clickable links??

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HI Guys

I used to use pdf xchange, and pdf995, but I'm having problems, and some of the pdf creators don't make the hyperlinks click-able. Any suggestions as to a half decent free one???

Many thanks
Phil
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  • Profile picture of the author TiffLee
    I'm not sure if it is what you are looking for, but I use OpenOffice to create my PDFs.
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    • Profile picture of the author Snow_Predator
      Nice one TiffLee I reckon OpenOffice is just what the OP is looking for.

      Best damn hyperlink-preserving PDF creature I've come across. Plus it's opensource hence free.
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  • Profile picture of the author phil.wheatley
    Yeah, I forgot about Open office, but I have already created the doc in Word, so if I throw it into open office now, everything moves all over the place. Any other ideas?
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  • Profile picture of the author Aarron
    Hey Phil,

    It shouldn't throw everything out of place, just copy it all and paste it into open office - simples.

    Alternatively if you are really having problems and you need this doing ASAP then you could try NitroPDF - it's not free forever but you can get a 14 day trial at nitropdf.com.

    If that STILL doesn't help you could try these:


    Downloadable/Online PDF Creators
    These simply and emminently usable programs will allow you to quickly create your own PDFs.
    1. CUTEPDF: Create a PDF file from almost any printable document. CutePDF has an open SDK and doesn’t bog down their software with popups or watermarks.
    2. PDF reDirect: The freeware PDF reDirect offers loads of robust features, including PDF creation, previews, encryption, and more, that go a long way to replacing Adobe.
    3. CC PDF Converter: This printer driver can be used to create a PDF file from any printable Windows application.
    4. PDF Creator: Use PDFCreator to create PDFs from any printable program, as well as encrypt and autosave files based on predefined terms.
    5. Open Office Writer: Open Office has a PDF export feature that allows you to define compression levels as well as handle thumbnails and hyperlinks.
    (source: cogniview.com)
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    • Profile picture of the author phil.wheatley
      Originally Posted by ramshanked View Post

      Hey Phil,

      It shouldn't throw everything out of place, just copy it all and paste it into open office - simples.

      Alternatively if you are really having problems and you need this doing ASAP then you could try NitroPDF - it's not free forever but you can get a 14 day trial at nitropdf.com.

      If that STILL doesn't help you could try these:


      Downloadable/Online PDF Creators
      These simply and emminently usable programs will allow you to quickly create your own PDFs.
      1. CutePDF: Create a PDF file from almost any printable document. CutePDF has an open SDK and doesn't bog down their software with popups or watermarks.
      2. Adobe Online PDF Creator: The online version of the popular Adobe Acrobat.
      3. PDF reDirect: The freeware PDF reDirect offers loads of robust features, including PDF creation, previews, encryption, and more, that go a long way to replacing Adobe.
      4. CC (Free) PDF Converter: This printer driver can be used to create a PDF file from any printable Windows application.
      5. PDFCreator: Use PDFCreator to create PDFs from any printable program, as well as encrypt and autosave files based on predefined terms.
      6. Open Office: Open Office has a PDF export feature that allows you to define compression levels as well as handle thumbnails and hyperlinks.
      7. Scribus: Use this desktop publishing program to create interactive PDF presentations and forms.
      8. HylaFAX: HylaFAX is an open source fax server that can be configured to deliver in PDF.
      Oh wow, cool, that's quite a list.

      Many many thanks!!!!

      Phil
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  • Profile picture of the author BIG Mike
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    • Originally Posted by BIG Mike View Post

      MS Word 2007 also comes with a free one that works great...
      Hey Mike,
      I just downloaded that from Msft but Word 2007 has been very confusing for me to find my way around.Looking for a clear tutorial on how to do bookmarks and links in a word doc. Can you help? Thanks much!
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  • Profile picture of the author NicolaTewhare
    pdfonline.com do a free conversion. They sell the software but you can do it online. And the links are clickable.
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  • Profile picture of the author netnits
    MS Word 2007 and 2010 have inbuilt PDF creator. The links are clickable.
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  • Profile picture of the author Riz
    As Big Mike mentioned, MS Office 2007 works great for me.

    You mentioned tou have created your document in word - what version do you have?
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  • Profile picture of the author Michael Mayo
    Hi Phil,
    I was looking for a way to merge pdf's and came across this today!
    PDFill PDF Editor with FREE PDF Writer and FREE PDF Tools - www.PDFill.com and it's Free!

    I've only just started playing with it although it looks interesting and seems to have
    a lot of bells and whistles.

    Hope that Helps,
    Have a Great Day!
    Michael
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  • Profile picture of the author yukon
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    Open-Office does clickable hyperlinks inside a pdf, all day long...
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    • Profile picture of the author Michael Mayo
      Originally Posted by yukon View Post

      Open-Office does clickable hyperlinks inside a pdf, all day long...
      Not on my 8Meg file it won't. Didn't even work at 4Meg. Open Office is what I
      would normally use it just couldn't do it this time...lol

      I even created a html file, loaded it into my browser and then tried to use
      Snag-It using the scrolling capture feature and it also failed... Neither of the above could handle
      the huge file sizes.

      Next is PDFill PDF Editor with FREE PDF Writer and FREE PDF Tools - www.PDFill.com
      I'll report back in after I put it through the tests.

      Have a Great Day!
      Michael
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      • Profile picture of the author yukon
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        You must be doing something wrong, because it works for me.

        Are you creating the pdf/text inside open-office, or are you copy & paste into open-office from another editor?



        Originally Posted by yukon View Post

        Open-Office does clickable hyperlinks inside a pdf, all day long...
        Originally Posted by Michael Mayo View Post

        Not on my 8Meg file it won't. Didn't even work at 4Meg. Open Office is what I
        would normally use it just couldn't do it this time...lol

        I even created a html file, loaded it into my browser and then tried to use
        Snag-It using the scrolling capture feature and it also failed... Neither of the above could handle
        the huge file sizes.

        Next is PDFill PDF Editor with FREE PDF Writer and FREE PDF Tools - www.PDFill.com
        I'll report back in after I put it through the tests.

        Have a Great Day!
        Michael
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    • Profile picture of the author Matt Morgan
      I give another vote for office org, and it is free.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jermaine Tabor
    Go to cashkeywords.com and download their marketing research toolbar. I know you're not looking for another toolbar but this 1 have some advantageous features when ever you doing niche research & all @ your finger tips.

    It also have a pdf creator with clickable links module you can add to your toolbar. The pdfs are not branded and btw that site is not an affiliate link.
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  • Profile picture of the author TheBrainteacher
    I used DoPDF until I bought Microsoft Office Pro 2010, which makes PDFs too just a bit more easily (save file as). Before DoPDF I has bought Scansoft PDF Create, yet DoPDF worked just as good and was free!

    Here's the link. Give it a go! My PDF files are 16Mb and the links are retained fine. All you do is print to DoPDF and it makes the PDF like magic!

    Download PDF converter doPDF and create PDF for free
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  • Profile picture of the author BillPill
    If pasting your Word content into OpenOffice Writer moves it all around, try pasting it into OpenOffice Draw instead. That should retain everything much more nicely and still can make .PDFs all day long. This has got to be the simplest way.
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  • Profile picture of the author JohnVerb
    PDF-XChange certainly does do click-able links (including embeded links) and if you are having a problem - you should let us know and we will take a look ASAP - and the PDF-XChange Viewer (even the FREE version) will allow you to add them to any PDF file - so we would be interested in seeing an example file for sure...

    Cheers
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  • Profile picture of the author NickBhakta
    I proudly use Open Office and love it. Once you create your document, all you have to do is export it to a .pdf file. All images and links export just fine. Best of all, Open Office is free!
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    • Profile picture of the author Itachi
      If everything is out of place try saving it in another format and open it again.

      OpenOffice is nice, I don't know about the other softwares suggested here but I know the professional software for PDF is Acrobat X pro it is'nt free though but it's really nice just like any Adobe program.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mark Haskin
    I found a command-line app called PDF Link Creator that searches for text strings and replaces them with clickable web links. It can search by string lists or by numeric masks. Works in bulk, so no actual editing. Useful for many documents, lots of pages or search strings. hosted here product2opencart.com
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