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Title: PDF Writer availability??
Post by: Daniel B on May 10, 2009, 10:45:49 AM
Hello folks,

excuse me if this is in ignorant question. I hear about a lot of indie companies publishing via PDF. As far as I'm aware, that can only be done if one uses the PDF Writer program available from Adobe (barring pirated copies of the program).

Is this true? Or are there legitimately free programs available to generate PDF's?

Thanks in advance,
Daniel


Title: Re: PDF Writer availability??
Post by: jerry on May 10, 2009, 02:26:32 PM
Many publishing software packages have PDF creation built-in. I know that Scribus (http://www.scribus.net/) does.

If you have a Macintosh, it also has PDF creation built in for any software that can print. If you have a document and you want it to be a PDF, go to "Print" and pull down the PDF menu for options. I use this to upload PDFs to Lulu.com.

If you use Linux or FreeBSD, there's CUPS-PDF (http://www.cups-pdf.de/), which gives basically the same functionality under CUPS.


Title: Re: PDF Writer availability??
Post by: Pelgrane on May 10, 2009, 03:07:04 PM
Hello folks,

excuse me if this is in ignorant question. I hear about a lot of indie companies publishing via PDF. As far as I'm aware, that can only be done if one uses the PDF Writer program available from Adobe (barring pirated copies of the program).

Is this true? Or are there legitimately free programs available to generate PDF's?

Thanks in advance,
Daniel

There are free pdf print drivers, PDF Creator and PDF 995 will both do the job. Just print to PDF just as if you were printing to a real printer.



Title: Re: PDF Writer availability??
Post by: Daniel B on May 10, 2009, 09:44:43 PM
Cool X-)

Thanks for the tips, gents


Title: Re: PDF Writer availability??
Post by: visioNationstudios on May 13, 2009, 08:19:45 AM
Righto.  I prefer PrimoPDF, which has a free and a paid version of their software.