pdf writing without Acrobat
Thread poster: hazmatgerman (X)

hazmatgerman (X)
Local time: 02:43
English to German
Sep 19, 2007

Good morning everybody.
I'm looking for reasonably priced software that can create searchable .pdf files from Word documents with these features:
- doc up to 1000 pages
- 2 columns
- bilingual text
- pdf can be password-protected.
Acrobat Professional would be to expensive.
Thanks for any suggestions offered.


Mulyadi Subali  Identity Verified
Local time: 08:43
English to Indonesian
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pdf creator Sep 19, 2007

you can try the freeware: http://sourceforge.net/projects/pdfcreator/


nordiste  Identity Verified
Local time: 02:43
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pdf creator is free, but ... Sep 19, 2007

pdf creator is great, but I am not sure the file can be password protected.

No pb with the other requirements. In fact, you create your document in whatever printable format and style (word, excel, html) and to create the pdf file you "print" the document using a virtual pdf printer - like the "printing into file" feature.


Andrzej Mierzejewski  Identity Verified
Local time: 02:43
Polish to English
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Try Open Office Sep 19, 2007

OO is a very capable editing software, which has nearly the same functions as Word, Excel, Power Point, etc, and can replace them. OO is for free. And OO has 'Export as pdf..." function inbuilt, with options for password, content ciphering, etc.




English to French
PDF creator + editor Sep 19, 2007

With Jaws PDF Desktop Suite you can:
Easily create PDF from any Microsoft® Windows® application
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View, navigate and search text in PDF files
Review and annotate with comments
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Form-fill and import/export form data
Secure PDF files using 128-bit encryption


All for less than EUR 100 !


hazmatgerman (X)
Local time: 02:43
English to German
Open office suggestion Sep 19, 2007

Dear Mr. Mierzejewski,
I already work with Star Office 1.0. Pdf export is possible but import corrupts long multi-column Word docs. Password function and access control also not available. If the OO you suggest is the same, trial should not be useful. However, if it is different from Star Office, it might be worth a try. Any idea? Tahnks.

Dear Mr. Subali,
I've downloaded your suggestion and will try. Thanks in advance.



Piotr Sawiec  Identity Verified
Local time: 02:43
English to Polish
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pdf creator has the security option Sep 19, 2007

in fact it is quite interesting. A friend of mine has a tool to break passwords in pdf files and it took quite a while to break this one, and only because the password was short. It also seems that it can handle quite complicated files in Word, so go ahead and try.



hazmatgerman (X)
Local time: 02:43
English to German
pdf writing Sep 19, 2007

To all correspondents:
Thanks a bunch. Mr. Mierzejewski's link has done the trick, everything 1A.
Special thanks to him, and all helpful souls.


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