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Looking for a Word to PDF converter

By rpatter763 ·
I have tried about 20 different versions of Word to PDF converters and have found them lacking in one or more improtant areas. I want software that converts hyperlinks, preserves formatting and doesn't take forever to convert a file. I have tried docexpertz, click to convert, activePDF, primoPDF, p2pdf, pdf995, pdfcamp, pdf creator, pdf machine and many others that I forget. All I am looking for is software that convertss hyperlinks and preserves formatting and does it quickly.

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google

by AYJE In reply to Looking for a Word to PDF ...

Try google docs, you can upload docs to your google account (if you have any) as word docs and convert them to pdf. For free.

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Tried it

by rpatter763 In reply to google

Unfortunately Google has a size limit of 500kb. Thanks for the suggestion. Just for the record PrimoPDF online will convert documents up to 1mb (http://online.primopdf.com/).

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What version of Word?

by CharlieSpencer In reply to Looking for a Word to PDF ...

Doesn't Word 2007 have built-in "Save as PDF" capability?

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zPDFCreator

by Dumphrey In reply to What version of Word?

from sourceforge does it for me. It creats a pdf print driver. If you can send it to a printer, it PDFs it. Preservers most formatting (web pages have problems, haven't noticed any issues on text documents)and hyperlinks.
http://sourceforge.net/project/showfiles.php?group_id=57796&package_id=53473

And my word 2000 does not have native pdf ability. Adobe Acrobat filled that role. For a mere $250 to $400.

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My test results

by rpatter763 In reply to zPDFCreator

DeskPDF converts hyperlinks and preserves document formatting but I had problems with large files (over 10mb). It got stuck in a "repaginating loop" and didn't convert. I would recomend it for files less than 5 mb. I was hoping to find something less expensive as I only need to convert Word docs.

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Whatever you use

by seanferd In reply to My test results

Try saving the doc as RTF first. Word formats are notoriously non-standard, and may cause various issues when converted to PDF or HTML.

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Word 2003

by rpatter763 In reply to What version of Word?

Thanks but I am using Word 2003.

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Is it worth upgrading?

by CharlieSpencer In reply to Word 2003

Not to be a Microsoft shill, but if the formating and TOC are important, maybe it's worth upgrading to 2007.

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Try this...

by Ed Woychowsky In reply to Looking for a Word to PDF ...

Download <a href="http://www.openoffice.org/">Open Office</a>, open the document in Open Office then <i>Export as PDF</i>. It's an open source solution that I've used myself several times. <grin>

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Open Office converts to PDF and it's easy to use

by armstrongb In reply to Try this...

Have a great day!

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