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I have just updated my desktop and need a program to write/print to PDF.

I have previously used Adobe Acrobat standard but as the version I have is version 9 I think I would need to update it.

Rather than spend on a completely new version, and unwilling to upgrade an old version, I wonder if there is any program out there which can carry out the work for free.

The features I am looking for are: printing to PDF (would be nice to have an addin for word and excel), ability to type to the document (typewriter function), ability to add watermarks, ability to combine multiple PDFs into one document.

With document management becoming more important the program must be robust and the support good.

Please can you suggest any suitable programs for me to look at.

Thank you.

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03rd Mar 2014 12:13

I'd be interested in that too.

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03rd Mar 2014 12:57

Are you sure your existing software will not run on your new machine?

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03rd Mar 2014 13:10

For printing PDFs

For just creating PDFs by "printing" documents, I have found Bullzip PDF does the job perfectly well. It acts as a virtual printer, so is available a a selectable device, but asks for a file name rather than producing a paper copy. As a virtual printer rather than an add-on, it seems to work with all programs (I have not had any issues at least).

You can download it here.

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By Gilly
03rd Mar 2014 13:16

Try Cute PDF

There's a free version, which will probably be enough, or the professional version is a cheap on-off payment.  I've been using it for 4 years, never needed support so don't know what it's like, and have reinstalled it to new PCs twice without any trouble.

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03rd Mar 2014 13:17

Adobe Acrobat Professional

I love it. I always upgrade to the latest version because it does so much. I have a free PDF writer too because Adobe doesn't write my tax returns properly.

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By cbp99
03rd Mar 2014 13:29

Peter

Out of interest, what do you use Adobe Professional to do?

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By NDH
03rd Mar 2014 13:30

I second stepurhan's

I second stepurhan's recommendation for Bullzip PDF.

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By paulb
03rd Mar 2014 13:32

Try Cute PDF it works for me...

 

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By DMGbus
03rd Mar 2014 13:52

Do pdf

Personally I have used four different pdf creators in recent years.

Adobe - far too complicated (but it did have editing facilities - edit a pdf again far too complicated too much trial and error involved), cost £300 when I last bought it and as it wouldn't work on later versions of Windows (without buying it again) I said "goodbye" to Adobe as pdf creator; Adobe in the pdf context I now only use as a reader (free)."Nitro pdf" - OK, simple to use, no problems, but I think no free version beyond a trial period"DoPDF v7" - simple very easy to use MY FIRST CHOICE - but it will NOT edit .pdf documents - it will only create them - a FREE software definitely worth having"PDF CREATOR" - crashes more often than not in a Term Server environment here, but what might be it's "sister" software, "PDF architect" does seem to work reliably at creating a .pdf but has a rather overly complicated interface that as a result takes longer than using my pdf creator of choice, ie. "DoPDf v7" to create a pdf.

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03rd Mar 2014 14:04

All the above answers pre-suppose that the OP can't just carry on using the software they already have. Based on my own experience, I am aware of no reason why they would not be able to.

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By j f
03rd Mar 2014 14:08

I use two programs
The first is PDF creator which acts as a printer.

The second is PDF architect which allows you to do all sorts with them, such as merging etc.

Both free of course.

A quick google search of each should point you to the correct URL's.

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By neileg
03rd Mar 2014 14:14

CutePDF

Does what it says on the tin.

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03rd Mar 2014 14:25

Bullzip PDF

I like the way Bullzip works and find it good when I want to PDF something from online.   Cute PDF is good but for me I prefer Bullzip. 

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to leon0001
03rd Mar 2014 16:59

And you will pay the price for it!!!!!!!

rajanichintan009 wrote:

You vill go for Adobe Acrobat Professional because its very easy to use and lots of extra tool available. 

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I have used the paid for version of Nitro pdf for years. Very good and I don't know of anything that Adobe does that Nitro can't. A very well written piece of software.

Adobe is just such an horrendous price. 

 

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03rd Mar 2014 15:04

Another vote for Cute pdf - so easy to use

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By pawncob
03rd Mar 2014 22:15

Foxit

PDF Editor from Foxit. It's as user friendly as a cornered rat, but it does the job.

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By garryh
04th Mar 2014 08:35

CutePDF

 

Another vote for CutePDF. You set it up as a Printer and its very easy to create pdf's from excel and word. It also deals with multiple pages in a single pdf. To date I have never had a problem and it covers my basic requirements.

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04th Mar 2014 09:04

Bullzip for creating pdf's and pdfsam for sticking them together and separating them etc. Fantastic and free, although probably limited editing compared to Adobe.

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04th Mar 2014 09:23

John is right

Why woiuld you change from something you are already happy with without checking it is not compatible with your new Windows version first.

Also, you mention word and excel - my versions of those already contain the facility to save as a pdf file.

Having said that I didn't want the cost of Adobe so use pdf factory. Very cheap - or free - and matches your needs I think

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By AS
04th Mar 2014 10:18

Expert PDF Pro (not free)

Not free (about £15 only) but does everything that you need and very easy to use. My second preference would be Nitro PDF which is also very good. Free trials available for both.

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04th Mar 2014 10:37

Cute PDF + PDF Escape

I use cute PDF as my PDF printer - and on the odd occasion I need to edit a PDF I use this free cloud based service called pdfescape.com

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By c.szpak
04th Mar 2014 11:34

Scanner and Adobe Acrobat

How about this as an option?

Our practice uses desktop Fujitsu ScanSnaps that cost £308, however we are about to purchase a Fujitsu ScanSnap mobile scanner S1100, they cost, from Ebuyer, £119.  For the month of March it comes with a copy of Adobe Acrobat XI standard which in itself costs £233 (from Adobes website so could possibly be bought cheaper).

I think this is excellent value for money.  All amounts exclude VAT.

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04th Mar 2014 12:19

Great buying tip

I also use a Scansnap desktop scanner, they are fantastic and keep me as paper-free as I realistically can be. I wasn't aware of the S1100 mobile one though which will be perfect for when I'm travelling around, great advice, I shall be buying it this week, and with the software thrown in it's virtually a no-brainer.

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04th Mar 2014 17:34

Adobe Acrobat Professional

I use it with Fujitsi ScanSnap, too.

I use Adobe for adding watermarks, merging files and practically anything you can think of although not very often. I like how it does practically anything.

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By cbp99
to Mr Hankey
04th Mar 2014 17:57

Thanks

petersaxton wrote:

 

I use Adobe for adding watermarks, merging files and practically anything you can think of although not very often. I like how it does practically anything.

Thanks for your answer to my question Peter

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By Briar
04th Mar 2014 19:01

Primo pdf

Works for me and it's free.

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By Katy D
04th Mar 2014 19:04

Another vote for...

Bullzip and Foxit for editing

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04th Mar 2014 21:11

Great Tips

Have used Cute pdf for years, hassle free, but I'm interested in the extra edit options, eg. inserting a signed page. Will try Bullzip.

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04th Mar 2014 21:59

Bullzip

On reading your post again.  I am not sure Bullzip can do everything you are looking for but is can certainly PDF multi page .   When you are printing and saving the documents there is a watermark tab.   Anyway it is free and you you can do a certain amount of Editing but maybe not as much as require.  I still recommend though.

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By JimH
05th Mar 2014 06:34

Foxit
Is the one I use

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06th Mar 2014 13:37

PDF factory

This is excellent, and allows multiple letterheads to be chosen from a menu, watermarking and encryption amongst others.  Not free, but an excellent choice for a workstation or on a server as a multi-user version. 

We can create letters straight onto scanned client letterheads; onto third-party forms; and produce booklets quickly and simply.

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06th Mar 2014 13:40

Foxit is a great PDF creation & editing tool

I spent some time last year evaluating PDF creation/editing products and chose Foxit Phantom Standard which cost US$89. I had previously used various free products (including CutePDF, which wasn't bad), but Foxit offers a lot of great functionality that I use all the time.

It can create a blank PDF and I can then drag-and-drop jpegs or other PDFs onto it to create a single PDF; it can edit the text or add annotations to a PDF; it can extract or re-order pages, etc. For a one-off price, I think the added functionality and ease of use makes Foxit a better option than the various free programs mentioned here. They also offer good telephone support.

Acrobat (the expensive, paid-for version, as opposed to the free Reader version) is a superb product, but it is aimed at graphic designers. It has numerous functions that most of us will never need, such as complex means of adjusting compression ratios, mixing layers within the PDF and probably many other things that I will never understand or need. If you can get it free (or bundled with a scanner as recommended by Chris Szpak), then go for it, but it's unlikely to be worth paying full price for unless you need all of the design functionality. BTW as others have commented, why does the OP think that he cannot re-install his existing Acrobat software on his new desktop (even if you've lost the original disks, you can probably download it, so long as you have the license)?

The OP says "The features I am looking for are: printing to PDF (would be nice to have an addin for word and excel), ability to type to the document (typewriter function), ability to add watermarks, ability to combine multiple PDFs into one document"
 - Foxit will certainly do all of that for you. Printing to PDF is carried out (as in most such software) by using a printer driver, so you can print to PDF from ANY program that offers a print option. When creating a PDF from Word or Excel (or any MS Office product), you can do this most easily by clicking Save As - PDF from within Word or Excel (this is available in MS Office versions 2007 onwards, but I cannot recall if it's in v 2003). So you don't need any external PDF creator for creating PDFs from any MS Office program.

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By squay
06th Mar 2014 15:10

Cute PDF Professional

I've been using this for many years. The professional upgrade was small one off fee and well worth it. I have set this as my default printer so I can direct the output to any printer, one click to turn off or on duplex printing. I can save the PDF or edit first and save, compile a single PDF from several, rearrange pages, add overlays, and so much more. Can't think what I'd do without it.

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06th Mar 2014 16:03

Cute PDF or Nitro

I have used the paid version of Nitro. I would strongly recommend

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06th Mar 2014 16:16

Cute PDF

I have used Cute PDF for a few years and does the job ok.

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06th Mar 2014 16:54

Thank you ...

... for all your comments and suggestions. I will look at a number of these in the next few days.

To answer about why I cannot just re-install to new machine, Adobe Acrobat Standard, which I purchased had (has) a licence for 2 machines. One is still on the old desktop machine which I still use as a backup for some older programs and the other licence was on an old laptop which is no longer functioning. As I need access to the laptop to uninstall the software to release the licence any new installation will not be allowed to be registered. And yes I have contacted Adobe many times about this but they tend to hang up if they cannot sort the problem out on the phone in an hour!!

I am more interested in the ability to add watermarks so that letters can be put onto letterheads and logos and backgrounds onto accounts and reports.

 

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06th Mar 2014 16:54

Thank you ...

... for all your comments and suggestions. I will look at a number of these in the next few days.

To answer about why I cannot just re-install to new machine, Adobe Acrobat Standard, which I purchased had (has) a licence for 2 machines. One is still on the old desktop machine which I still use as a backup for some older programs and the other licence was on an old laptop which is no longer functioning. As I need access to the laptop to uninstall the software to release the licence any new installation will not be allowed to be registered. And yes I have contacted Adobe many times about this but they tend to hang up if they cannot sort the problem out on the phone in an hour!!

I am more interested in the ability to add watermarks so that letters can be put onto letterheads and logos and backgrounds onto accounts and reports.

 

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By brent
06th Mar 2014 20:45

Cute PDF

Sorry for late response.

Aside from Word and Excel having a "save as PDF" option I use Cute PDF (www.CutePDF.com) for everything else.

 

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07th Mar 2014 13:21

Another vote for cutePDF

apart from when in Office 2010+ use SaveAs PDF

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12th Mar 2014 17:31

Hi,

If you look for just image to pdf converter you can use www.image-pdf.net.

It's an online & free image to pdf converter

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12th Mar 2014 20:35

Cute PDF

Another vote for cute pdf. Free and easy.

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16th Jun 2015 15:11

Can you insert pages in Bullzip or Cute?

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19th Oct 2015 13:50

pdf995

works a treat as well and all sorts of other goodies available

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