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Old 07-14-04, 12:30 PM
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Free PDF creation tools

People seem to regularly ask about creating PDFs, so maybe this will help.

PDFZone recently ran two articles: 10 Free PDF Tools, Part 1 and Part 2.
8/11/04 update: Part 3, also added to the Free Software sticky.

webpronews.com has an article, Why Pay Big Bucks for PDF Software: Consider Your Options, dealing with both free and cheap PDF-creation options.

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Might not hurt to post those links to the "Free Software" sticky.
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The easiest way to create a PDF is to generate a postscript file and then use Ghostscript.

PDF Creator from SourceForge not bad either and not listed above.

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Part 3, also added to the Free Software sticky.
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Is there a reliable (and preferably free) .pdf to .doc converter available? I have tried some programs in the past without much success. I noticed that some on the lists above mention it, but when I went into the actual product page it was not mentioned as a spec.
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Originally posted by movieking
Is there a reliable (and preferably free) .pdf to .doc converter available? I have tried some programs in the past without much success.
You won't have much success with any of them. They're not that good.

PDF is intended as a final file format--not to be edited, changed, or converted.
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Thanks. Sometimes at work we only receive hard copies of things that we would rather keep electronically, but when we scan it, there are things that get smudged. I'll keep looking.

Thanks for the info.

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