PDF Creation Software
One of the most common tasks in document management and distribution is to create PDF files. A few years ago doing this was an expensive task that could only be achieved by purchasing a copy of Adobe Acrobat Standard. Over time, third parties got involved in providing PDF generation utilities that can convert documents, images and even presentations into PDF.
Generally speaking, there are three types of PDF creation tools:
- The standard Adobe-like tool that you import a document into and the PDF is generated.
- A tool that has PDF as a file type in the save options.
- A virtual printer that can generate PDFs from word processors.
These all create suitable PDFs that can be used for any number of purposes, from eBooks to exam papers, although note that the file size for a single document can differ from app to app, due to the different ways in which they generate the PDFs.
1. Adobe Reader – this is the very first app you should have for your PDFs, and curiously it doesn’t create, edit or convert them. Adobe Reader instead provides you with an excellent PDF reading tool.
2. Adobe Acrobat X Pro– ideal for business, Adobe Standard is the premium PDF creation tool, allowing far more flexibility than cheaper options, allowing all manner of ambitious documents to be created, edited and converted. If you plan on carrying out all of these tasks and expect the best results, you should stop reading the list here, and visit www.adobe.com.
3. Microsoft Word – of course, if your PDF documents aren’t all that ambitious and you already have Microsoft Office installed on your PC, Word, Excel and PowerPoint all have the option to save in PDF format from Microsoft Office 2010 onwards.
4. PrimoPDF – the ultimate free PDF creation tool, if you don’t own Office or Adobe Standard then this is the utility you should choose. Available from www.primopdf.com, this software adds itself to your PC as a virtual printer. All you need to do is print your document, selecting the PrimoPDF printer and the PDF will be created!