Sometimes, I need to make PDFs. Vendors would like to use stuff I write, and I am happy to let them do so for nominal fees, but I don’t want the content changed. But I’m not really in the publishing business, and I don’t want to spend a lot of money on a tool for that purpose. So I was pleased when a friend told me about PDF995 and their suite of easy-to use tools.
A quick download of the PDF995 Printer Driver and a brief installation process was all I needed to get going. The application embeds itself into Microsoft Word (and other apps) as a printer. You don’t select “print to file” – just choose PDF995 from the printer list and it pops up a window for you to specify filename and location. It’s that simple.
Can you use it free? Yes – you will see a screen that reminds you who made it when you actually create the file. Not much hassle there.
Should you use it free? No. They want only – you guessed it – $9.95 for a supported version. Pay them, and sleep better at night. They deserve to get paid.
This is a short post. Why make it longer? Nothing more to say. It works. Try it.
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Merv, your post caused me to look into what we use, which is PDF reDirect. It is also installed as a printer and seems to work from every app, not just Word or Office tools. They have a free version (not sure if the one we use is free or not) but there are no pop-ups in the free version, so you might take a look if that bugs you with PDF995. BTW I use a free Foxit reader for viewing PDFs – much more lightweight than the Acrobat reader.
Thanks for the additional pointer! I just picked the first one I was recommended, and it worked. But it’s always good to look around. Incidentally, for reading and annotating I use PDF X-Change, which I blogged about at http://bit.ly/4IC2X.
Have been pondering whether to shell out on the Adobe PDF distiller as the PDFs that Word 2007 (*crossed himself, adjusts garlic necklace*) includes creates the world’s largest files.
Will check out your recommendation – and John’s. Acrobat Pro is £500+ here in the UK!
I just reflexively went looking and asked a few friends and this is what came up. I’m quite happy with it so far. Haven’t done any stress testing, but I don’t care. It works.