PDF is a popular file format that works well for all kinds of text- and image-based documents. Unfortunately, though, PDFs haven't always been easy to create. PDF24 Creator makes the process of creating a PDF as easy as printing. We've seen other programs that do the same thing, and while PDF24 Creator didn't totally knock our socks off, it stands up well to other basic PDF programs.
The process of using PDF24 Creator really is just like printing: the program appears as an icon along with the your other installed printers, and you need only select the program from the print menu of virtually any program; if it's something you can print, it's something you can turn into a PDF. Click print and the program's menu will pop up, letting you select the desired PDF quality and whether you want to show, save, edit, or e-mail the PDF. The PDF editor was somewhat confusing and didn't seem to have a lot of editing features, so anyone who really wants to customize their PDF files will want to choose another program. But for a basic print-to-PDF program, PDF24 Creator works just fine. The e-mail feature automatically opens your default e-mail program and attaches the newly created PDF, which couldn't have been easier. PDF24 Creator loses points for not having a Help file that we could find, but most of the program's features are easy enough to figure out without guidance.
PDF24 Creator installs a desktop icon without asking but uninstalls cleanly. We recommend this program to all users.
From Geek Software:
With the free PDF24 creator you can create PDF files out of almost any application if the application provides a print option. The PDF24 Creator installer installs you a virtual PDF printer. You can use this printer in windows like any other printer. After printing a document on that PDF printer, a PDF file will be created automatically and an assistant opens. Here you can save, show or edit the PDF file. The PDF24 Creator also contains some nice PDF tools to merge multiple documents, to split files, to extract pages from a file, to copy one or more pages from one file to another, to set document properties such as title and author, to encrypt or sign PDF files, to convert documents like Word, Excel or images to PDF, to add watermarks, to combine a file with a digital paper or to export as an image or an other file type. An integrated file explorer ease handling of PDF documents. The internal preview of each document gives you a fast overview and assists in browsing through pages and creation of new documents . An internal PDF viewer is also embedded to view a PDF document. Drag % Drop support to load and create new files. Options to capture the screen is included. Import images from scanner or camera is also supported. All in all you get a lot of useful tool for free which you need if you do something with PDF files.
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Version 7.7 may include unspecified updates, enhancements, or bug fixes.
Creates PDF files from ANY Windows program. Exactly like it says it will do.
Not as intuitive as it could be, but you learn your way around it in a short while.
This program never claimed to be able to edit PDF files, other than adding / removing / re-ordering pages. You can rotate pages, open some other formats and save them out as PDF files, etc. If you want to edit the actual content, do it in the native file format then just re-print it to a new PDF file. It's as simple as that. I use it every day.
Prints anything to a pdf file. Best that I have found in comparison to other similar programs. Easy to install and utilize. Logic is there. Simply good!
Absolutely none. Installed directly from pdf.org, so have not witnessed any malware. My experience with CNET in the past, is to be careful with their installers. Never take the recommended option.
Been using pdf24 for as long as I can recall and its still the greatest little free piece of SW that I install on all my new machines ( or after any new installation). A utility that allows me simply to print anything to a pdf is worth 5 stars in my book. I have also tried a few others that can do the same but not so good to my liking. This one is simply the best (at least for me).
The program is excellent, easy to use, and quick!!! No complaints with the software, however, the download contains the TROVI SEARCH ADD ON which is a known malware virus that will hijack your search engine and will be difficult to remove or disable. DO NOT DOWNLOAD THIS PROGRAM FROM CNET!
BEWARE of the advertisement TROVI SEARCH that accompanies this program as it will infect and hijack your computer as a search provider malware which will be difficult to remove it from your computer!
CNET should not allow TROVI SEARCH to accompany this download since it is a known problem. DO NOT DOWNLOAD PDF24 from CNET until they remove the TROVI SEARCH add on from this download!! You can download this program from other sites without these add on advertisements and particularly without this malware TROVI VIRUS!
This extra software is installed by the Download.com installer itself. This has nothing to do with the PDF24 Creator installer.
Download.com bundles installers with the Download.com downloader and this software installs extra software.
Download directly from www.pdf24.org to get a clean installer without any adware or other co-bundled software.
I've seen that download.com provides a direct download link too. See above, below the large green download button, there is a small direct download link. Choose this link to get the the PDF24 setup directly.
Performs according to the publisher's description, and it's free.
Took a while to work out how to re-order, add and delete pages.
I am a bit confused as to why some reviewers are so hard on this program. Its main editing feature is being able to add, delete and re-order pages - something I hadn't been able to find in any other free editor. The publisher does not claim it is a 'full-featured' editor. In addition, it works as well as any other creator that utilises the print function. I recommend using it in conjunction with other free PDF editors for those looking for a wide range of editing features. For mine, this is exactly what I needed.
I am so sick and tired of hearing the PDF creation scam! All this program does is CONVERT a document into a PDF using the print command. A true PDF CREATOR is a program where you can write the text, insert bookmarks, headers, footers, page numbers, security, etc, and then save that document as a COMPLETE PDF. Programs which "create" PDFs using the print command only create an IMAGE of a document, but not a true full featured PDF.
PDF printers do not only print images. They create very good PDF files, with text, images, ... If a PDF printer only creates images then text in the final PDF would not be copyable but that is not the case. PDF files created by PDF printer contains text, images and other element and the PDF can be searched by text and so on. Your statement is really wrong.
Well, we never say, that the PDF24 Creator can edit text or the content of a PDF page. The PDF24 Creator creates PDF files based on existing documents like MS Word or others. The PDF file itself isn't good to be edited. PDF files are good for exchange, but not to edit them. PDF files where not designed to edit the content of the file.
The PDF24 Creator can edit PDF files page based. You can remove whole pages, you can move pages, you can add pages from another document, you can compose a new document based on other pages. That's what the PDF24 Creator can do very easily.
Furthermore there are a lot of ways to import files, you can import from a log of files and that's very powerful. Import from there and there and then create a final PDF file.
Some goodies like PDF signatures, PDF security, PDF compression and other things are also part of the application.
We never said that the content of a page can be edited. We only say that the PDF24 Creator can edit PDF files page-based. The PDF24 Creator is a PDF Creator/PDF printer, a page-based PDF Editor and composer.