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03-12-2005, 04:39 PM
Okay, I want to create PDF files. I downloaded one freeware package (PDFill Tools) which required MSJava. It worked, but when I installed MSJava, all my other java apps crashed.
Then I tried Go2PDF and WinPDF which which were both free. However, they left advertisements at the bottom of each page.
Finally I tried CutePDF. I had to download GhostScript to go with it which is fine. What I want to know is if anyone has had any unforeseen problems with the CutePDF PS printer driver. I had to system restore to fix PDFill's damage. It seems to work. I can make PDF files from any Windows document, but I don't want any unpleasant surprises like with PDFill. Anybody else use this program?
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03-12-2005, 06:14 PM
Get primopdf, no water marks, no ad-ware, no spy-ware and no additional downloads. It is simple to install and simple to use. Check the PDF thread for more info.
03-13-2005, 04:13 PM
I used to use PDF995 (no spy-ware or watermark - just a webpage that pops up at the end of the PDF generation)
However, I've now changed to FreePDF XP. (freepdfxp.de/ (http://freepdfxp.de/))
You don't need XP for it (despite the name), and it doesn't pop up a webpage ad at the end.
The best feature is an 'add to next printout' button, so that the title page & script body get concatenated into a single PDF file automatically.
Whatever you do - do not use the built in PDF Conversion feature of Final Draft. It produced a bloated 4MB monster file from a 118 page script! (Compared to a 332kB PDF file from 'FreePDF XP'.
I'm on a Windows2000 machine, so results may vary...
A list of PDF printers (and much more) is available at https://rnvs.informatik.tu-chemnitz.de/twiki/bin/view/Main/FreePdfUtilitiesAndLibraries (http://https://rnvs.informatik.tu-chemnitz.de/twiki/bin/view/Main/FreePdfUtilitiesAndLibraries)
03-14-2005, 09:27 AM
It looks as if there are actually two versions available: one for Windows 2000/XP and another for some earlier versions of Windows.
Here is the link to freepdfxp versions (http://freepdfxp.de/fpx732.htm).
There you will also find a link to GhostScript 8.14, which you need on your machine. (You have to use version 8.14!)
I have not tried freepdfxp.
I have used primoPDF and like it. It has no ads, etc. But I do not think the free version of it will join two files into one PDF. There is an inexpensive version of it that will do these things.
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