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Thursday, July 5, 2012

How to Create PDF Documents using PDFCreator

Most of you who read my Geezam blog article “How to Legally Activate installed Microsoft Products – Office 2010’s in the Lost and Found would have realized that now that you can unlock Microsoft products, inclusive of the elusive Microsoft Office 2010, printing that project that you so arduously typed in that all-nighter now becomes priority.

But this is the Age of emailed homework and OURVLE (Our Virtual Learning Environments). As such, you may have to send in the document in PDF (Portable Document Format), made famous by Adobe, the company who’s famous Adobe Flash Plug-in is the viewing standard on YouTube and whose Adobe Dreamweaver is a website designer’s hammer to fabricate palaces online.

So how do you convert Microsoft Office Documents to Adobe PDF? PDF files that are readable by any PDF Program, such as:

1.      Adobe Reader
2.      Foxit PDF Reader
3.      PDF Xchange Pro

With the help of yet another Open Source program, the PDF Creator.

Good to note here that all the above programs are Open Source and can be found and downloaded absolutely free of cost (not to mention spyware and nag-ads!!) from SourceForge, the place for all Open Source Desktop Apps!

I personally like this program as it is Open Source (as in free…..) , easy to install and as easy to use as Dragging-and-Dropping the Word Document into the Print Area or print from Print in Microsoft Office or any other program that has a Printer Optionas can be seen from the screenshots.

It can also print in different output file formats other than just PDF, making this a very handy tool to extract pictures from documents or convert Microsoft Office files to images easily post-able on your favorite Social Networks, blogs or website.

But has one option many College students in a rush are sure to love: Automated Printing en masse.  This comes in very handy if you have a large number of documents to convert to PDF and you don’t want to spend your time watching the process. This is the proverbial “Set It and Forget It” Setting.

Here’s how you enable Automated Printing:

1.      Start PDF CreatorProgram from the Start Menu
2.      Click on Printer in the program
3.      Select Printer Stop or just click the F2 Function key to stop the printer from printing. It will have a check mark indicating it is disabled
4.      Choose the Auto Save Option on the Left Tree Menu
5.      Select Use Auto Save to enter your file auto save settings
6.      Enable the feature by clicking on Save
7.      Open up the folder or location that has the batch of Microsoft Office or other documents that you want to convert en masse
8.      Drag and Drop the files in the area
9.      Select Printer Stop or just click the F2 Function key to stop the printer from printing. It will have a check mark indicating it is enabled
10.  Sit back and watch the program automatically convent and save the files with the name and folder location you have specified

The process is helpfully illustrated below in the following pictures, for those of you who are graphically inclined:

That’s a wrap!! Be sure to support Sourceforge and the Open Source Movement by reporting any bugs or program flaws with this wonderful add-on.

Here’s the link:


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