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Hi All
Just a quick question and probably a rather stupid one. When you guys make your e-books, how do you get them in PDF-format? I still have an old version of MS Word. I don't know if you can make PDF's with it these days. I make my PDF's by copying the word document, pasting it in Openoffice and then save it as a PDF from there. It works fine for me, I was just wondering if there is another way?
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  • Profile picture of the author sabluuk
    Originally Posted by redtiger View Post

    Hi All
    Just a quick question and probably a rather stupid one. When you guys make your e-books, how do you get them in PDF-format? I still have an old version of MS Word. I don't know if you can make PDF's with it these days. I make my PDF's by copying the word document, pasting it in Openoffice and then save it as a PDF from there. It works fine for me, I was just wondering if there is another way?

    You could google for "convert to pdf" or "pdf convertor"

    I think that would get you started
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  • Profile picture of the author WillR
    Here is a free online converter that works very well:

    Free Online PDF Converter, Batch Convert to PDF, PDF/A or Image, Doc Converter, PDF Printer Driver.

    Neevia are well known in the PDF conversion field and I use several of their paid products.
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  • Profile picture of the author RodMar
    Check Primopdf

    It s very easy too, you simply print your word document, and you choose primopdf printer, which will give you the pdf.
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  • Profile picture of the author RobertAxelsen
    Originally Posted by redtiger View Post

    Hi All
    Just a quick question and probably a rather stupid one. When you guys make your e-books, how do you get them in PDF-format? I still have an old version of MS Word. I don't know if you can make PDF's with it these days. I make my PDF's by copying the word document, pasting it in Openoffice and then save it as a PDF from there. It works fine for me, I was just wondering if there is another way?
    What you're already doing (using openoffice) is what most people do when it comes to converting PDFs.

    Like sabluuk said you can google it, or you can get a print driver which enables you to print to PDF. I know there was a free Warrior Forum PDF print driver, but I can't find it now.
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    • Profile picture of the author redtiger
      OK. Thanks to everyone. Some very good info here. Just wanted to make sure if PDF's still start life as a MS Word document these days or if someone has invented a "direct PDF writer" or something.
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      • Profile picture of the author Istvan Horvath
        Originally Posted by redtiger View Post

        OK. Thanks to everyone. Some very good info here. Just wanted to make sure if PDF's still start life as a MS Word document these days or if someone has invented a "direct PDF writer" or something.
        If you have OpenOffice... then why not write/create the original file in that program? (instead of doing it first as an MS Word doc > copy > etc.)
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        • Profile picture of the author redtiger
          Originally Posted by Istvan Horvath View Post

          If you have OpenOffice... then why not write/create the original file in that program? (instead of doing it first as an MS Word doc > copy > etc.)
          A very valid point. The reason is: I made a little program for myself that is aimed at making it easier to put together an e-book. MSWord plays a role in the process.. Maybe at some point I want to make a cheapie WSO for rewriters.That would only make sense if many people still use MSWord when making eBooks.
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          • Originally Posted by redtiger View Post

            A very valid point. The reason is: I made a little program for myself that is aimed at making it easier to put together an e-book. MSWord plays a role in the process.. Maybe at some point I want to make a cheapie WSO for rewriters.That would only make sense if many people still use MSWord when making eBooks.
            Maybe you can open the word doc in Open office as part of your process, then export as pdf from Open Office.
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            • Profile picture of the author GlenH
              Use your PDF's to capture name and emails addresses just like a 'squeeze page' using this
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        • Profile picture of the author satrap
          Originally Posted by Istvan Horvath View Post

          If you have OpenOffice... then why not write/create the original file in that program? (instead of doing it first as an MS Word doc > copy > etc.)
          Exactly! Open Office lets you save the text file as PDF with a push of a button.
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  • Profile picture of the author sunray
    Also, if you buy Adobe Acrobat, it adds special buttons to your Word interface that let you create PDF-s of your documents. Works on Office 2000 too.
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  • Profile picture of the author steverich
    I use primo pdf.
    Very simple.
    You can just drag and drop whatever document and it converts to pdf.

    Also if youre going down the ebook route you can ad password protect and no-copy
    etc etc
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  • Profile picture of the author FantaMan
    Download Cute PDF its a great free tool.
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  • Profile picture of the author Hani D
    when you are inside your Word file, click save as then choose PDF format.
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  • Profile picture of the author abeng
    i use nitro to make pdf reader..
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  • Profile picture of the author BrainCopy
    The easiest way that I do it is, download Open Office - it's exactly like MS Office.
    They have an option where you can download your word document as a PDF.
    Just Google it. It's free.

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  • Profile picture of the author WillMaxx
    You can convert it with some PDF converters.
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  • Profile picture of the author ShellyJo
    Like many of the others, I use open office.
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  • Profile picture of the author johndetlefs
    Buy a mac. You can print anything to pdf.

    I know, trite, but I do love macs.
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  • Profile picture of the author sovereignn
    I use Microsoft word and export as a PDF

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  • Profile picture of the author BrianDouglas
    I use LibreOffice (Open Office alternative fork, I like it better than Open Office, it's a matter of choice I guess)

    Writer, found in both OO and LO, has a button you push called PDF. It saves a PDF.
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  • Profile picture of the author kenzik
    Originally Posted by redtiger View Post

    Hi All
    Just a quick question and probably a rather stupid one. When you guys make your e-books, how do you get them in PDF-format? I still have an old version of MS Word. I don't know if you can make PDF's with it these days. I make my PDF's by copying the word document, pasting it in Openoffice and then save it as a PDF from there. It works fine for me, I was just wondering if there is another way?
    I'm sure others have already said it but, I use OpenOffice. I can load any Word doc in there and then have it generate PDFs. It's free.
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  • Profile picture of the author BRDesign
    "cute pdf" is a good free program that allows you to print to a pdf file from any program
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