PDF Converter Professional 4 is the tool you will use to write PDF files. It does not have the fancy looks of Adobe Writer, and it does not have all of its functions, but it does the job really well. It has almost anything you need to make a PDF file, and then some. For instance, when creating a new PDF file you will notice that you can create a new file from an existing file, clipboard data, or combine multiple files--you name it. [see screenshot 6] It’s not as easy as editing a Word file, I give you that, but then again, if you need to do it in Word, you can, and then just save it to PDF.
I decided to make a test using photographs I took. As an amateur photographer, I like to have my photographs at their maximum resolution. So I took a few and converted them to a PDF file. For that I used the Create Assistant. I have detailed the steps in images below in this review. [see screenshots 8, 9, 10,11] It was really easy to do the whole process and the result was a high-definition PDF file. I’ve opened it in both PDF Converter Professional [screenshot 13] and Adobe Acrobat [screenshot 14]. As you can see, it created one page for each picture and the result is what I expected. Thinking on my context, this will save me tons of time when I decide to send a book to print on one of those book-printing services that are becoming more popular on the Web. I just have to compose my pages in Photoshop, and then convert all images in one go to a single PDF file, and that’s it; a book is done. Plus to that, check out the profiles options in screenshot 12. You can have different profiles for different scenarios.
Creating files is not the only feature on this package. You can also convert a PDF file to a Word document, for example. I did just that using the PDF Converter Assistant. The steps are pictured in screenshots 16 and 17. As you can see, it’s as easy as it gets. I also tried the context menu on Windows Explorer and it’s even easier--you only get the screen you see in screenshot 15.
PDF Converter Professional 4 integrates very well with Office, Outlook included. Being able to save as PDF instead of printing a doc to a PDF printer is quite a nice feature. I tested this with Office 2007 and it works very well.
While testing on Windows Vista with Office 2007 installed, I had a problem converting a PDF with high-resolution pictures into a Word document. After converting, Word would crash (Word automatically opens after converting). Then, when I tried to open the converted file in Documents (the default location), the photographs were completely black in the file. I still have to do some more testing on this, with different resolutions. It did work fine with other PDF files that didn’t have such big images. I can’t say for sure if this is as Word issue or a PDF Converter bug.