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PDFCreator creates PDF documents from any software that is able to print.
PDF file is a document that can contain text, graphics and images. It can be said that the PDF format (Portable Document Format) is an “universal” format, as there are applications in virtually all operating systems, that allow us to read PDF files. We can read PDF files on Windows, Linux, Mac, Android and iOS (iPad, iPhone, etc.).
The ability to create PDF files will be very useful, because this type of file can be read by 99% of users who have access to it. If we want to publish a book, a guide, a story, a work or any other document, PDF format is a great choice, because our document can be widely disseminated and are not limited to the use of specific software (like in the MS-Word .docx case).
There are several options to create PDF files. We can acquire a software that can create and edit PDF files, or we can install a program that installs a “virtual printer” in the system, and generates PDFs files from any application.
PDFCreator belongs to the latter category and allows us to create PDF files from any application that has the option to print. In this way we can create a document in Word and generate PDF file clicking on “Print” option and selecting PDFCreator virtual printer. In the same way we can generate PDF files from a web page, graphic editor, etc.
The use of this software is very simple, once installed, all we have to do is click on the print button in the software where we want to generate the PDF file. Then choose PDFCreator printer and fill in the title, date and author of the PDF file that we are going to generate. Click on “Save” and choose the location and name of the file. With this simple process we can create PDF file in a wide range of programs that originally did not have the ability to create PDF files.
Virtual printer has a control center where we can monitor the jobs that have been sent to the print queue, cancel documents, or rearrange the order of printing.
In the options we can select PDF file compatibility. There are different versions of the PDF format. This program can create PDF 1.2, 1.3, 1.4 and 1.5. In other words, it can create files that are compatible with Adobe Acrobat 3.0, 4.0, 5.0, and 6.0.
Another interesting aspect is the possibility to set compression to color and monochrome images, thus saving space in the generated PDF documents.
It also includes the option to encrypt PDF file with a password, which deny anyone to read document's content, with the exception of those that know the secret password.
The program in addition to generate PDF files is able to generate the following types of files: png, jpg, bmp, pcx, tiff, ps, eps, txt, psd pcl, raw, and svg. To save and create a file of any of the above formats, we must only follow the usual procedure to create a PDF file, and in the last step, where we input file name, we need to click on menu at the bottom and it will display a list of all available formats to save.
We can create a “network virtual printer”, which will enable other computers on the same network to discover that virtual printer and therefore, will be able to generate PDF files without having to install this software.
This software is free, and we must pay attention to installation, because it asks us if we want to install the Amazon search toolbar in our browser. In case we don't want to install this bar, we must uncheck the two boxes that appear checked by default.