Pdf suggestions

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Anyone have a favorite program for converting documents to PDFs -- esp. the free ones! :-) I would like to try a couple and I want to narrow my search here first with the experts!

Thanks!
 

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mgb_phys
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I used to just use ghostscript then paid for pdf996 (only about $10) now I use the free http://www.dopdf.com/ works very well so far.

This is on windows I assume, on linux it's easy to use ghostscript.
 
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FredGarvin
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I really like PDF995. It's free or you can register it. I have never done that. The only thing I deal with is a little pop up after every time you print with it. I have been very happy with it. It doesn't add any watermarks like some converters do and it has worked on a large array of paper sizes I use like engineering drawings.
 
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On linux:

ps2pdf

Specifically,

latex foo.tex
dvips -Ppdf -G0 foo.dvi
ps2pdf -sPAPERSIZE=a4 foo.ps

Are my staple commands :biggrin:

On windows, I usually sign up for the Adobe free trial thing when it's necessary :tongue:
 
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I think OO Word Processor lets you convert to pdf.
 
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CRGreathouse
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OpenOffice.org has a suite of (free) programs that can save to PDF.

LaTeX makes dvi files by default, but pdflatex (and pdftex) make pdfs. On Windows, MikTeX works well.
 
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try CutePDF... if you google it, it should come up.


The process after downloading involves just printing, and then when the print dialogue box opens, you select the CutePDF "printer", then you hit "Print" and it sends that file as a pdf to the directory that you selected.


Hope this helps.

pud
 
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berkeman
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I've been satisfied with PrimoPDF.
 
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radou
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I use TeXnicCenter alond with MikTeX, and I'm more than satisfied.
 
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As a general "systemwide"- tool in Linux -> cups-pdf.
 

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