How to easily create PDFs, for free

January 13, 2009 at 9:45 PM • by John Lueders

This post is for everyone who wants to create PDFs…the PDF solutions below are easy and best of all free.

Solution #1

In our new program Tabula Rasa Professional Edition, you can draw event design/layouts.  To get these drawings to a PDF, we recommend that you download a free PDF print driver.  The best free PDF print driver that we have come across is by CutePDF.  The free download is small (1.54 MB) and easy to install and has no spyware or popup screens of any kind.

This is the full url: http://www.cutepdf.com/Products/CutePDF/Writer.asp

After the CutePDF driver is downloaded/installed, you will see ‘CutePDF Writer’ as an option in your available printers list.

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Select ‘CutePDF Writer’ and click ‘OK’…you will then be prompted to specify where the pdf is created on your computer.  Note: CutePDf does not place advertisement watermarks.

We recommend this technique for printing out Tabula Rasa Professional Edition canvas drawings so that they are easily sent to your clients, vendors, site coordinators.  This solution works for every program that you own that has the ability to print.

Solution #2 for Office 2007

Microsoft has made available a free 2007 Microsoft Office Add-in that saves documents to PDF.
Just click the link above and download and install.
After it is installed, you will see a ‘PDF or XPS’ option in the ‘Save As’ pop-out menu.

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This add-in adds this ability to the following eight Office programs.

  • Microsoft Office Access 2007
  • Microsoft Office Excel 2007
  • Microsoft Office InfoPath 2007
  • Microsoft Office OneNote 2007
  • Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2007
  • Microsoft Office Publisher 2007
  • Microsoft Office Visio 2007
  • Microsoft Office Word 2007
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