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Best Free PDF Creation Software

If you don’t have the full version of Adobe Acrobat, you can still create PDF files from virtually anything on your computer. Just download a free PDF creator.

I’ve tried several of these in the past, but I just stumbled on one that takes the cake: doPDF.

doPDF is a newer contender in the PDF creation market, but it’s won my vote. The download is small, it installs in a snap, and it works every time. What else could a guy want?

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12 Responses to “Best Free PDF Creation Software”

  1. Stephen Cronin
    August 16th, 2007

    Thanks – I’ll have to try this out. I use CutePDF Writer, which does the job, but falls way short Acrobat.

  2. Spike
    August 16th, 2007

    OpenOffice can convert all its files into PDF too. Have you tried any online options like http://www.freepdfconvert.com/ ?
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  3. Chris F.
    August 19th, 2007

    I prefer PrimoPDF. You can get it here: http://www.primopdf.com/.

    I love the fact that it supports print, screen, ebook, and pre-press formats. It is also fast, and never fails to do what it is supposed to do.

  4. InvestorBlogger
    August 19th, 2007

    Of course, if you use Open Office, you’ve had that ability since well before version 1. And it’s free!. We just converted the entire office to Ooo 2.2.1.


  5. Traveller
    August 20th, 2007

    Very useful! Thanks for the link. I have only used Adobe so far, but need more copies on other computer that do not require all the bells and whistles.

  6. Andrew Flusche
    August 20th, 2007

    Thanks for everyone’s additions! I hadn’t seen primoPDF before – it looks like a great option.

  7. Drew
    June 13th, 2008

    How cool – I was doing a search for “PDF creation software”. You just saved me some $$$ – Thanks, Andrew. (I’ll forget everything I’ve heard about lawyers!)

  8. Andrew Flusche
    June 14th, 2008

    @Drew – I’m glad this post was useful to you. Awesome!

  9. Sam Levine
    October 16th, 2008

    Another great program to try is:


    This offers free PDF and PDF/A creation, great image quality and file sizes. No nag screen either, just install it and start making PDF files.

  10. Ania
    January 5th, 2009

    I tried using CutePDF but not very well. Have just downloaded the doPDF software, adn have made a PDF document in seconds, converting from a Word doc. Thanks for this!

  11. Andrew Flusche
    January 7th, 2009

    @Ania – Yeah, doPDF is a solid product. It’s still my PDF creator of choice.

  12. brian
    August 11th, 2009

    Thought you should see this:


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