Last week someone asked me for a free tool to turn Word documents into PDFs. Here are the tools I suggested to her:
- pdf995: http://www.pdf995.com/
I used to use this all of the time. Each time you use it you get an ad, but I figured that was fair enough. You download this software and then activate it by printing your document and choosing pdf995 as your printer.
- CutePDF http://www.cutepdf.com/Products/CutePDF/Writer.asp
This is another free PDF tool. I haven’t used it but I’ve heard good things about it.
This week I learned about FlashPaper (http://www.adobe.com/products/flashpaper/). It is a (not free) tool that converts any printable file into a Flash document (or PDF). A Flash document is similar to a PDF except that it downloads more quickly using FlashPlayer. Flash Paper documents can be embedded into a web page so the experience of downloading a Flash Paper document is more seamless to a visitor. I haven’t checked it out myself but I thought it was interesting to learn about regardless.
A final quick note on a related topic: The latest Adobe Reader (http://www.adobe.com/products/reader) has some great new features. (Adobe Reader allows you to read PDF files and is free.) You can copy text and images from PDFs with the latest version. I have been using this for a while. There are some other great features that I don’t use – but being able to copy and use text and graphics has been a real boon.
To prepare you for Valentine’s Day next week, here a web site that will tell you how to say I love you in dozens of languages: http://theholidayspot.com/valentine/wish101languages.htm