Saturday, March 21, 2009

Free PDF Conversion Methods

So you have a document you want to print on, but it's not a PDF...What do you do? Well, there are many ways to turn that file into a PDF.

First, if you have a full version of Adobe Acrobat, then you are in luck. But I suppose that if you had that (or the $700 for the full version), you wouldn't be here right now.

Second, the same goes if you are using a mac. PDF conversion is built into the print function in OS X. Simply open the file in your app, click print, and instead of doing what you usually do, just click the button on the left and choose "Save as..PDF". You will have to note where you are saving it to, or rename & change the location yourself. That's it. Simple.

Now, what if you've got a PC and don't want to spend the money for Acrobat 9? You're in luck. There are many conversion programs that are free. Some you install on your PC (good if you plan to do this alot) Others are hosted online (better if need it fast and you don't want to install programs on your computer)

Here are a few of them:

Free Online Services:

1.) PrimoPDF (

2.) PDF Converter (

3.) PDF Online (

Free Downloadable Programs:

1.) doPDF (

2.) PrimoPDF (

3.) CutePDF (

If you have already used any of these PDF conversion apps or services, let me know how they worked for you.


  1. PDFCreator by pdfforge also works well.

  2. OpenOffice also allows you to export text documents as PDF. Of course, those can include images, too.

  3. Coolmuster PDF to Word Converter for Mac is an excellent tool for switching PDF files into DOCX format to facilitate editing and sharing. For More Details - PDF Converter For mac