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Creating PDF Files

There are multiple ways how you can create PDF files. Selecting the right application depends on the purpose of the PDF document you want to create.

If you want to create a PDF form which users can use to fill some information in and submit it on your website you will need to use Adobe Acrobat software. Note that Adobe Acrobat is different from Adobe Acrobat Reader. Adobe Acrobate Reader only allows you to read PDF documents and print them while Adobe Acrobat gives you an ability to create custom PDF documents with all PDF capabilities utilized to their full extent.

Acrobat Reader is not free and prices start from $299. Thus it may be quite an expensive option for you.

It is good that your options don't stop here. If you just want to convert your document into PDF format you can use another paid service from Adobe which allows you to convert files into PDF. At this moment this service supports following formats:

    • Microsoft® Office: Word (.doc), PowerPoint (.ppt), Excel (.xls)
    • Other Microsoft Formats: Publisher (.pub)
    • Adobe Formats: Illustrator® (.ai), InDesign™ (.indd), FrameMaker® (.fm, .mif), PageMaker® (.pm, .pm6, .p65, .pmd, .pmt), Photoshop® (.psd)
    • AutoCAD: AutoCAD (.dwg)
    • Corel WordPerfect Office Formats: WordPerfect (.wpd)
    • Adobe PostScriptR Formats: PostScript (.ps, .prn), Encapsulated PostScript (.eps)
    • Text Formats: Rich Text Format (.rtf), Text (.txt)
    • Image Formats: Windows bitmap (.bmp), GIF (.gif), JPEG (.jpg), PCX (.pcx), PICT (.pct, .pict), PNG (.png), RLE (.rle), TIFF (.tif)

If you're interested in this service please visit Adobe site for more details.

Another simple option which I use frequently to convert ebooks for my ebook reader is free Virtual PDF printer. There are many of them available either for free or some small charge on the internet. Such PDF printer would allow to convert any document into PDF as far as application that you use to generate/view this document has print option. To convert your document into PDF using this option just install PDF printer application and follow its instructions on how to use it. Usually using it as simple as selecting a print menu option in your favourite document editor and then choosing virtual PDF printer in the pop-up dialog.

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