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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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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 (

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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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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.

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="">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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