Friday, July 30, 2010

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What is PDF?

PDF (Portable Document Format) is an open standard for document exchange, for the secure and reliable distribution and exchange of electronic documents and forms around the world. The file format created by Adobe Systems in 1993 is used for representing two-dimensional documents in a manner independent of the application software, hardware, and operating system. Each PDF file encapsulates a complete description of a fixed-layout 2D document that includes the text, fonts, images, and 2D vector graphics which compose the documents. Read more about it at Wikipedia.

PDF Creator Software
PDF Creator software lets us to create or make PDF files from our documents like Word, Powerpoint, Excel, Notepad etc. i.e. the file contents will be printed as a PDF file. Almost any PDF creator software that we have in hand will work with the same functionality that setting a virtual print to write a PDF file. Among them I found CutePDF Writer much useful, simple and problem free.

CutePDF Writer

CutePDF Writer or CutePDF Printer is the free version of commercial PDF creation software. CutePDF Writer installs itself as a "printer subsystem" in your system. You can see the virtual printer under 'printers and faxes' menu (either from Start Menu or Control Panel items). This enables virtually any Windows applications (which have print menu) like Notepad, Microsoft Office or whatever, to create professional quality PDF documents - with just a click of print button. The best features are:
  •  FREE for commercial and non-commercial use.
  •  No watermarks will be added in the PDFs created.
  •  No Popup Web Ads when using.
  •  No limitations on no. of pages.
  • Supports Microsoft Windows 98/ME/2000/XP/Vista/7 (x32/x64).
Installation Requirements

  • Supports Microsoft Windows 98/ME/2000/XP/2003/Vista/7 (x86/x64).
  • Requires PS2PDF converter such as Ghostscript (recommended). You can get the free GPL Ghostscript 8.15  here.      

GNU Ghostscript is an open-source interpreter for the PostScript language and the PDF file format. It is distributed under the GNU General Public License.

Using CutePDF Writer to create PDF document   

Do not look for any application to run. Just print your document  using CutePDF Writer (the printer) to get PDF output.
  1. Open your original document and select Print command in File menu of your application to bring up Print dialog box.
  2. Then select CutePDF Writer as the Printer to print (DO NOT select "Print to file" option).
  3. You will get a Save As dialog box prompted for saving created PDF file. Select a folder to Save in and enter a File name, then click on Save.
  4. Go to that folder to find your PDF file.


I just installed CutePDF Writer on my system and wanted to give you a demo with that. This is the virtual printer added as CutePDF Writer:
Virtual Printer - CutePDF Writer
Set this as your default printer or choose desired printer during the print. Here in my system, no other printers installled so CutePDF is the only default printer. The below screenshot shows how can you create a PDF file from a html page (Of course, our MySearchHistory Home page) opened in Epic Browser powered by Mozilla Firefox and any PDF Reader like Adobe PDF Reader can open the New PDF created:

Download and Install CutePDF Writer

First download and install PS2PDF converter from here. Then download and install CutePDF Writer from here.

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