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PDFCreator

CNET Editors' review

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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  • All versions:

    3.3 stars

    out of 156 votes

    • 5 star: 56
    • 4 star: 33
    • 3 star: 14
    • 2 star: 6
    • 1 star: 47
  • Current version:

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  • 1.0 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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  • 1.0 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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