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August 18, 2011 9:55 AM   Subscribe

I want to save documents as pdf files instead of xps files in using Windows 7 print utility. There's a plug in from Microsoft to do it in Office 2007 programs, but I want to do it with other programs, specifically accounting software. Anyone know a plug in to do this?
posted by Keith Talent to Computers & Internet (9 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
 
There are dozens of PDF printer drivers available. They basically just create a printer that outputs to PDF rather than a real printer.

Here's a free one.
posted by Horselover Phattie at 9:59 AM on August 18, 2011 [2 favorites]


Hey thanks, that seems perfect with the exception of the stupid Yahoo tool bar installation trap, no I did not fall for it. I was having trouble finding what I want among the hundreds of options out there.
posted by Keith Talent at 10:07 AM on August 18, 2011


I prefer CutePDF.
posted by jabberjaw at 10:09 AM on August 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


Yeah, they actually made that Yahoo bar easier to click around than in previous versions, even. Glad you like it.
posted by Horselover Phattie at 10:15 AM on August 18, 2011


Oddly, I was just working on a list of PDF drivers for a client yesterday.

Here is what I came up with. There are certainly more, but these are the big links.


PDF Printer Drivers that can be downloaded.

Windows
Bullzip PDF Printer
Adobe PDF driver for Windows
CutePDF
doPDF
novaPDF
PDF 995
PDF4Free3
PDFCreator
PrimoPDF

Apple / Macintosh
Adobe PDF driver for Mac
CUPS-PDF
PDF drivers list from CNET
PDF drivers list from softwaretopic
PrintToPDF




And just for fun........

Image Editing Websites
BeFunky.com
BigHugeLabs Flickr
Fotocrib
FotoFlexer
Free Online Image Editor
Imagic Photo Enhancer
JpgFun
LunaPic
PhotoFunia
Picnik
Pixlr.com
piZap
posted by lampshade at 10:56 AM on August 18, 2011 [3 favorites]


Why on earth would you need a print driver for Apple / Macintosh when it's built into the OS?
posted by odinsdream at 11:26 AM on August 18, 2011


There are likely PDF features not supported by the built-in Mac driver. Even full-featured PDF products omit certain parts of the PDF spec. I have no evidence but my guess is the emphasis at Apple will be on generating PDF suitable for desktop use and generic home/office printing, but less so on prepress compatibility, etc. You would expect to use a paid-for PDF product for that, e.g. Acrobat Pro and tools from Enfocus.
posted by galaksit at 11:41 AM on August 18, 2011


Seconding CutePDF.
posted by wwax at 11:49 AM on August 18, 2011


Why on earth would you need a print driver for Apple / Macintosh when it's built into the OS?

Not all print drivers offer the same options. And if they do, sometimes it is easier to access the feature that you want from one driver as opposed to another. I keep about 10 PDF drivers active which is overkill for most people, but I find uses for them on a regular basis.

Another issue: just because Apple decided there was a driver they wanted to build into the OS does not guarantee it is the best for the job. They have been known to prefer certain vendors due to licensing agreements as opposed to better functionality.
posted by lampshade at 9:32 AM on November 12, 2011


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