Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Primo Portable!

The are very few file types as pervasive or popular as the PDF format. PDF stands for Portable Document Format and was created by Adobe Systems in 1993. With PDF, any type of document format can be converted to PDF and shared with others, whether or not they have a copy of the original application that the document was created in. All they need is a free copy of Adobe Reader. However, while the Reader is free, the Adobe application that creates PDF files is not. This used to be a problem for anyone who wanted to create PDFs but didn't want to pay for the full Adobe Acrobat product.

Well here's a tip: You don't need Adobe's product to create PDFs. There are free applications that will do the job. One such app is called Primo PDF. Once you download and install it, you can create PDF files from any open document simply by going to your Print menu item. When your print dialog opens, select Primo PDF as your printer and off you go. The Primo PDF application can be found here.