Office 12 to include 'Save As PDF' option

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Microsoft executives revealed this week that with the next release of the Office suite, users will be able to save their files in Adobe's Portable Document Format (PDF).

Suddenly, it seems, personal productivity programs are hot news. On Tuesday Sun released version 8 of its StarOffice 8 suite and announced that it was joining forces with Google to challenge Microsoft Office.

The timing may have been purely coincidental, but Microsoft senior vice president Steven Sinofsky demonstrated the new PDF functionality at a meeting of Microsoft "MVPs" on Saturday 1 October as rumours swirled around Silicon Valley around Sun and Google's StarOffice tie up.

Sinofsky explained the reasons for the move and timings in a Q&A on the Microsoft website.

Sinofsky confirmed that all Office 12 applications (Word,...

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10th Oct 2005 10:53

Free PDF
There's a program called Primo PDF (just type it into google) and there's a free version. All you do in your Word/Excel file is goto File -> Print and select the Primo PDF printer. You then choose a 'save to' location from the pop-up box and hey presto - it creates a PDF file! We've been using it for a few months with no problems.

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06th Oct 2005 18:27

A cigar to Rob Butterworth, and a slap for me
Don't you just hate TLAs (three letter acronyms)? Before long you get so used to slinging them around that you forget what the letters actually stand for. The article will be corrected, but I will leave the posts visible for the world to share my shame.

PS - Dave Kusleika, who claims to have broken the big news, noted that as Simon Sinofsky made the big announcement, "A fellow Excel MVP was heard to say 'Big %&#$*-ing deal.' Of course he’s referring to the fact that there are numerous PDF printer drivers that provide the same feature for free."

Several of you have made the same observation, and I agree with Stephen that the OpenDocuments issue is going to gain momentum. Meanwhile, I'm going to go see what I can find out about StarOffice.

John Stokdyk
Technology editor

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06th Oct 2005 15:25

Anyone can have PDFs now
Just try using somehing like Fine Print and PDF Pro available at very little cost and you'll never work out how you did without them. And they're cheap too. Who needs a new version of Office to get what you can have now?

Google to find them.

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06th Oct 2005 16:00

free pdf
try Cutepdf writer - last time I looked it was free.

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By Anonymous
06th Oct 2005 13:50

Saving to PDF - wow!
Of course, if you're a user of (which incidentally is not "Sun's" - that's StarOffice), you've been able to do that for years - and you're now looking forward to, or perhaps already using the new xml-based OASIS standard OpenDocument format (, which Microsoft refuses to support. For some reason Microsoft still don't get it...

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06th Oct 2005 12:32

PDF - change of definition?
I notice that this article implies the acronym 'PDF' stands for 'Public Domain Format'. I have always understood the designation to be 'Portable Document Format', something that is still used by Adobe on their website when describing the format.

That aside, what welcome news that Microsoft is finally acknowledging that there are some other useful formats and as such are providing compatibility.

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