Monday, September 01, 2008

Freeware: PDF Toolset for Everyday Use

There used to be times when Adobe Acrobat (not reader) and Distiller were the only tools to create the PDF files, arrange them, extract pages from, convert to other type of documents and so on. I was really surprised how many people still believe that Adobe Acrobat is the only tool for that. It is the tool if you are planning a serious publishing tasks and you need to deliver a really specific PDF file tweaked for a certain typographical settings or if you need to create scripts inside PDF Files that will do some text manipulations. However if your major task is to send the documents between each other and just to make sure it prints the same way from every computer, here is a set of tools that will be able to help you with that.

To start with, both Open Office and Microsoft Office (although MS Office requires a separate free download addon) support Save As PDF.

Here is a set of freeware tools that might help you when not using Office application but for example if you want to create a PDF from your browser, notepad, development application, etc. The programs listed here have support for XP and Vista both x86 and x64 platforms. Obviously there are more tools that can do the same thing but these are of my personal preference:

1. PDF Creating Tool (via a PDF printer driver installed on the computer)
BullZip PDF Printer

2. PDF Tools (encrypting, decrypting, joining, splitting, stamping, rearranging)
Sheel PDF Tools

3. PDF to DOC Converter (converts your PDF files to Word DOC files)
PDF to Word Doc



Anonymous said...

Надо попробовать на работе... надеюсь это Freeware. Очень нужные проги. СпС

Anonymous said...

у меня проблема: прога PDF to DOC нераспознают кирилицу! Может есть решение?

Genadij Trimailov said...

prishli sam PDF fail, ja posmotriu.