Re: Acrobat 5.0 (Educational Version) - Full Version Question

Subject: Re: Acrobat 5.0 (Educational Version) - Full Version Question
From: Barry Campbell <barry -dot- campbell -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 3 Nov 2005 19:44:15 -0500


As has already been noted:

-- Unless you are working in an academic environment, you're not using
a legal copy of Acrobat, and

-- Adobe Reader 7.05 (the latest version) reads PDF files created by
earlier versions just fine.

I just wanted to point out a couple of alternatives to Adobe's Acrobat
software for creating PDFs from Microsoft Word. One combination is
free, and one piece of software is so cheap ($20) that it might as
well be free as these things go.

And there's even a third option - OpenOffice 2.0, which is
file-compatible with Word, will export Word documents in PDF format
without the need for additional software. And it's free, open-source
software; won't cost you a dime to acquire and install.

(Note: All of this assumes that you are working on a PC running Windows.)

(1) Creating PDFs with Microsoft Word, the FREE solution:

Install CutePDF Writer + GhostScript (and, optionally, Ghostview.)
Print to CutePDF from Microsoft Word.


(2) Creating PDFs with Microsoft Word, the CHEAP solution:

Buy and install PDF995 and PDFEdit995- for free with annoying ads, or
ad-free for $9.95 each (or $19.95 for a three product "suite" that
includes the first two products.) Print to PDF995 from Microsoft


(3) Creating PDFs out of Microsoft Word documents using OpenOffice
2.0, for FREE:

Download and install OpenOffice 2.0. Open the Word 2003 document you
want to convert to PDF, and choose "Export as PDF" from the File menu.


Hope this helps.

- bc

P.S. For more cool tools, check out

Barry Campbell <barry -at- campbell-online -dot- com>
AOL IM: bcampbellnyc


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