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This program quickly transforms a variety of file types into PDFs, though serious stability problems negate many of its positives. For example, when we tried to covert a small, three-page Word document to a PDF file, the program froze up, forcing us to disable via the Task Manager. Once we finally got the utility to work, we found the interface bland and inconvenient. The app supports a variety of popular file types, including DOC, XLS, and JPEG. However, we think the interface could be better designed; as it stands, you must access different tabs when you want to tweak settings for each file type. The feature set is rather slim, allowing you to perform a number of actions after your PDF has been created. For example, you can choose to open the file, set a password, send it to the printer, or apply compression. You can convert files in batch mode, but in our tests this option seemed best-suited to documents of the same type. If you don't encounter the same stability issues we did, PDF Builder will make a passable option.

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All User Reviews

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  • 5.0 stars

    "The New Version Works GREAT and is now FREE!"

    January 7, 2013  |   By classman9

    Version: PDF Builder 3.1.2

    Pros

    The new version no longer requires Adobe Acrobat and is now free. There are many improvements over the old version, especially in SPEED. It took me only about 10 seconds to create a PDF from 7 Word documents. I also tried converting XLSX, VDX and image files to PDF and it worked flawlessly!

    Cons

    MS Office 2007 or greater is required.

    Summary

    I highly recommend this product to anyone who wants a free app to create PDFs from various file types. Some other useful features is the ability to store a "script" of PDF-related data so the PDF can be generated at a future date. PDF Builder can be run from the command prompt in quiet mode also.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Current version is 3.6, not 2.0.55."

    April 29, 2010  |   By John Corliss

    Version: PDF Builder 2.0.55

    Pros

    Responsive author, clean interface, does exactly what it says it will.

    Cons

    This program has no cons, that is the current version.

    Summary

    I don't understand why CNET is carrying this outdated version of the program. If you want the latest version, you should go to the home page for the program. I'll contact CNET and see if I can get them to start carrying the current version.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "53 : File not found Error combining PDF files. 5 : Invalid procedure call or ar"

    June 4, 2007  |   By sdix00

    Version: PDF Builder 2.0.55

    Pros

    Nothing

    Cons

    I got the same problem as the first reviewer. 53 : File not found Error combining PDF files. 5 : Invalid procedure call or argument

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Program bombs in Windows"

    December 11, 2005  |   By hotwebideas

    Version: PDF Builder 2.0.55

    Pros

    None

    Cons

    I doubt their paid version would work as it cannot find the file I need to convert. As soon as you load a file, you get a file not found message. Very frustrating.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Needs Adobe Acrobat Standard or Professional installed"

    March 24, 2005  |   By rllathrop

    Version: PDF Builder 2.0.54

    Cons

    You must have Adobe Acrobat Standard or Professional installed to use PDF Builder. Adobe Acrobat Reader alone is not sufficient to use PDF Builder. In addition, you need Adobe Acrobat

    Distiller installed which is included in the setup program for Acrobat. Something they failed to mention.

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