Monday, January 05, 2009

“I was probably the only revolutionary referred to as cute.”Abbie Hoffman

I recently had to make a PDF for one of the class worksheets and I thought I would use Vista’s new PDF creator and see how it worked. Unfortunately it was an exercise of frustration and a real nuisance. So I went back to my old alternative CutePDF. Before I go on I should explain that a PDF is document formatted so it can be opened with the free program Adobe Acrobat Reader. Every government file like the 1040 tax form is in that format. It is easy to use and open for everyone who wants to read a PDF. Unfortunately the creation of a PDF can be a bit of a pain. Even though the standard has been around for years, Microsoft has been reluctant to give that ability. So CutePDF is there to bridge the gap. All you need to do is download it from the above link. Once you have gone through the installation process write your document in Microsoft Word and then instead of hitting save go to the print screen. Click at the top where you see your printer listed and choose CutePDF then hit print. It takes a second or two but a little window pops up and asks where you want to save it and under what name. Once done just hit OK and your PDF is created. The nice thing about a PDF is that when you send out something like a resume the setup does not change unlike a word document where it can be subject to their setup. Give it a try.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Don't forget that open office (http://www.openoffice.org/) has the ability to save in pdf format.

Shane Sher said...

Good point about Openoffice. Google Docs does it as well.

Side note: Hoffman's book Steal this book is worth a read. Quite entertaining and informative.

Sharon said...

I've been using PrimoPDF for over two years and have finally been able to make real progress toward a paperless "office." I PDF everything, especially webpages.

PrimoPDF works like CutePDF, and you can get it free at http://www.primopdf.com/.