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Create a PDF

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by Lee, Mar 19, 2013.

  1. Lee

    Lee Well-Known Member

    Does anybody know of any software (similar to adobe X, but not as I dislike it) that can enable any application to print as a PDF? Or publish as a PDF?

    Important to print as a PDF as I have multiple pages of autocad drawings that I can group together in a "set" and print to one PDF. That is how adobe X handles it, but the quality of the print seems to not be good at all.
  2. Biker

    Biker Well-Known Member

    I do believe Open Office has had this function for ages. Pull in the document, and then print to .pdf.
  3. Edrondol

    Edrondol Well-Known Member

    So does Microsoft Office. Just save as and change the doc type.
  4. Biker

    Biker Well-Known Member

    Yeah, but you have to pay for M$ Office. :D
  5. Edrondol

    Edrondol Well-Known Member

    true, but most people at a workplace already have it. I don't think I've ever worked at a place that didn't.
  6. ManagerJosh

    ManagerJosh Well-Known Member

  7. Lee

    Lee Well-Known Member

    That won't work with my AutoCAD dwg files though :p

    Still nice to know. I always overlook open office. Gunna download it tonight.
  8. Lee

    Lee Well-Known Member

  9. Biker

    Biker Well-Known Member

    Are you able to convert your .dwg files to .dxf? If you can do that, I think OO will read it, or you could check out LibreCAD.
  10. Boothby

    Boothby Active Member

    freepdf 4 is a good tool. It works as a printer driver and so you can just print your pdf.
  11. Lee

    Lee Well-Known Member

    Exactly what I'm looking for! Thanks!
  12. Luke F

    Luke F Well-Known Member

    LibreOffice is where it's at these days, open office is pretty much dead

    And yeah any printer driver based pdf converter will work in autocad, though some work better than others (can't remember offhand which the best one is)
  13. rollthebones

    rollthebones Active Member

    If you have access to a Mac, just hit File -> Print -> PDF in any application.


    Otherwise, I remember using this several years ago. Not sure how good it is because I only used it casually but it's worth a shot since it's free. http://www.primopdf.com
  14. Digital Doctor

    Digital Doctor Well-Known Member

  15. Fufu

    Fufu Well-Known Member

    If I remember correctly, PDF 5.0 code is open source. Therefore if you require additional encryption or encoding to the PDF 5.0 open source format, then you must buy Adobe Acrobat. The Academic or an older version on eBay above 5.0 format will be sufficient enough to protect your PDF document at this time.
  16. Dodgeboard

    Dodgeboard Well-Known Member

    I use Corel PDF Fusion as it allows me to edit text in a PDF and combine PDF's and do all kinds of PDF manipulation. Plus it opens up about every file known to man.
  17. -GR-

    -GR- Well-Known Member

    We use dopdf.com here at work. It is free and doesn't have any ads in it.

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