PDFCreator

PDFCreator

Download Editors' Rating:
3.5
Very good
Average User Rating:
3.2
out of 164 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2.1.2
  • Total Downloads:
    1,292,010
  • Date Added:
    Jun. 08, 2015
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    27.42MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    1,893
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:

Editors' Review

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Tools for creating PDF documents tend to fall somewhere between do-it-all packages with big names (and price tags to match) and freeware stripped down to the basics. But simple is good, which is why PDF tools that install themselves as print drivers may be our favorite of all. That's how PDFCreator from Pdforge works, though that's not all it does.

PDFCreator's optional server installation mode can act as a network printer, but we chose the standard installation, which includes some optional downloads such as Images2PDF and PDFArchitect, plus some sample files and our choice of language and Help files. We chose all the extras and opted to add the tool to context menus as well as the Print menu. If you can print a document, you can use this tool. The steps are the same, with a screen full of fields to let us easily add Title, Author, Keywords, and more. You can also edit a document's Creation and Modify dates or instantly add the current date and time. Once you're finished, you can save, print, or e-mail your newly created PDF. PDFCreator creates more than PDFs, though, with the option to convert and save files in 13 formats, including bitmap, PostScript, and others.

PDFCreator is easy to use yet creates high-quality PDFs and many other document types from the Print command or shell menu for free. If that sounds like a recommendation, it is.

 
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User Reviews
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Results 1–10 of 158

2 stars

"Limited ... cannot .pdf multiple webpages in Firefox"

June 02, 2015  |  By rshunter

 |  Version: PDFCreator 2.1.1.820

Pros

Had been a standby for years.

Cons

However, I now find PDFCreator stymied when it comes to multiple webpages .i.e. a tab consisting of 10 successive pages provides a .pdf file of the first page, sometimes (not always) the 2nd page, and the last page. I've spent hours on this and have narrowed it down to an apparent flaw in PDFCreator

Summary

I now use a small and simple Firefox Addon ... Print pages to PDF 1.9.3 .... which perfectly prints all 10 pages. Nice ... Very Nice ...

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1 stars

"This *WAS* a great program."

January 27, 2015  |  By expertuser123

 |  Version: PDFCreator 2.0.2.751

Pros

None any more.

Cons

Bloat ware. Crappy new interface. Forces you to use their new pdf view which also has a terrible interface.

Summary

This used to be a great open source pdf printer now it is terrible. Go back a use an older version something in the 1 range. Really too bad this was a nice pdf printer. Now they just ruined it. Why do companies do this to good software. I just don't understand.

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4 stars

"No problem opting out of optional software installs,"

January 23, 2015  |  By CybernAct

 |  Version: PDFCreator 2.0.2.751

Pros

Still the same robust pdf writer application

Cons

Because of optional software installs (Adware) and option to change search engine to Bing, I am reluctant to recommend this to neophytes; however, quite willing to install it on their behalf.

Summary

Version 2.0.2 appears clean

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1 stars

"Installs malware without notifying users"

January 07, 2015  |  By philrosenberg1

 |  Version: PDFCreator 2.0.1.714

Pros

It is a good pdf creator

Cons

It installs malware potentially without telling users

Summary

Although this is probably the best windows pdf creator, the installer has a problem whereby some antivirus software blocks the display of what they call the "offers screen" and this causes all the additional software - some of which is classed as malware to be installed. There is even a report that the installer even then executes some of this malware with admin privileges. If you value your online privacy or the reliability of your computer at all then do not under any circumstances install this product. It will infect you.
The problem has been acknowledged by pdfForge and you can view some discussion of it at http://www.pdfforge.org/blog/pdfcreator-201

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3 stars

"Dropped back to 1.7.3"

December 31, 2014  |  By BOBBY-JAY

 |  Version: PDFCreator 2.0.1.714

Pros

It will create PDF files

Cons

The adware that people mention is worrisome

Summary

I installed the latest version but couldn't find any way to combine and print. I dropped back to 1.7.3. I think I remember having to do the rollback once before.

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1 stars

"Stuffed with malware! Do not install"

November 10, 2014  |  By Andy000111

 |  Version: PDFCreator 1.7.3

Pros

None to make it worth installing

Cons

This software changes your default search engine and tries to install lots of unwanted software on your PC. Avoid by all means! I am one of the people who read the user agreement and there was no mention of changing the properties of my browser. Never again! Hopefully only ad awares and not viruses...

Summary

Comes bundle up with malware.

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1 stars

"Malware Installer"

July 02, 2014  |  By viditor1

 |  Version: PDFCreator 1.7.3

Pros

None that justify the problems

Cons

Incredibly profuse malware installer that does not allow you to opt out of install.

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1 stars

"Trust Everyone Else - Installs Malicious Malware!!!"

June 03, 2014  |  By doggymcnuggets2

 |  Version: PDFCreator 1.7.3

Pros

I've used this program for years and have always found it to performs the simple task of printing to pdf without fuss or muss. Simple & streamlined in performing the basic tasks it's designed to do.

Cons

It secretly installs very malicious malware. During the install there were no requests for permission to install the malware, but once it was there it was very aggressive and devious. Attempts to uninstall the malware simply caused it to install in a new location with a different name. Very infuriating and nefarious. What a shame, this used to be a useful and effective program. Now it's just a way to get your computer hijacked.

Summary

Avoid PDFCreator like the plague and wish rainy days and head lice upon the shameless shysters at pdfforge.org who spread their evil one download at a time

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1 stars

"Installs malware"

April 14, 2014  |  By techinterface

 |  Version: PDFCreator 1.7.2

Pros

Used to be an excellent product for printing to PDF. I will try BullZip instead

Cons

Installs Default Tab malware as part of the install.

Summary

I now consider this program nothing more than a Trojan virus.

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1 stars

"CAUTION - CONTAINS MALWARE"

January 10, 2014  |  By HardyHamster

 |  Version: PDFCreator 1.7.2

Pros

PDFcreator software works well. I have been using it for years.
Shame it has been ruined by incorporating malware.

Cons

'Upgraded' to latest version only to discover it also installed the "Search Here" virus/malware on my PC. This hijacks the default search engine in your web browser (Google Chrome in my case).
Have now removed it by uninstalling "Default Tab" program via the control panel and deleting the "Search Here" Browser extension in Chrome.
Now checking to see if there is anything else I missed.
This really leaves a bad taste as the pdf creator itself is good.

Summary

Presence of malware spoils an otherwise good piece of software

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 2.1.2

Improvements:

  • Includes Ghostscript 9.16
  • Due to a Ghostscript bug, the default PDF version was raised from 1.4 to 1.5
  • New FAQ entries

Bugs fixed:

  • The working directory of the script action was not the script path
  • Occasional occurring System.UnauthorizedAccessException
  • Defective transparency could turn the pdfforge flame in the print job window to black and break the layout
  • Some related UI elements had slightly different sizes
General
Publisher Pdfforge
Publisher web site http://www.pdfforge.org/
Release Date June 06, 2015
Date Added June 08, 2015
Version 2.1.2
Category
Category Business Software
Subcategory Business Applications
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows XP/Vista/7
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 27.42MB
File Name PDFCreator-2_1_2-setup.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 1,292,010
Downloads Last Week 1,893
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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