Tool Time: Use doPDF to Create PDF Files

When it comes to creating PDF files, Mac users are probably more happy than Windows users. Mac OSs include a utility to create PDF files, whereas Windows OSs don't. If Windows users want to create PDF files, they need to install an additional program.

One such program is doPDF, a freeware PDF converter that can create PDF files from virtually any type of printable document. Although there are a few other free PDF converters, such as ActivePDF's PrimoPDF (see "Tool Time: Create PDF Files with PrimoPDF"), most of them require downloading additional software, such as Ghostscript or the Microsoft .NET Framework. The doPDF converter doesn't require any additional programs, which means you can install it in seconds.

Once installed, creating PDF files is as simple as printing a document:

  1. Open the document you want to convert to a PDF.
  2. Select Print on the File menu. On the drop-down list of printers, select doPDF, as Figure 1 shows.
  3. Click OK or Print (depending on your Windows OS), and select where you want to save the PDF file.

The doPDF program has an executable file, so if you don't like the method just described for creating PDF files, you can simply go to Programs and click the doPDF icon. You'll be able to select your document and create the PDF file from the program's interface. You can use doPDF on Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2003, and Windows 2000 Server.

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