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PDFCreator

CNET Editors' review

It's not much to look at, but this program quickly and easily helps users convert files into PDF format, and comes at no cost.

PDFCreator has a very basic interface that won't win it any beauty contests. However, by keeping the visuals to a minimum, users will be able to quickly and easily navigate the program and get right to the task at hand. PDFCreator appears as a small, white, rectangular box with a thin strip of command icons along the top. Here you can print, look at options, navigate your files, and open new files. Below the strip is an open space that displays your selected file's name, size, and status.

After selecting a file for conversion, users are taken to another simple screen. This one asks users to create a file name, creation date, author, keyword and subject for the soon-to-be-created PDF. At the bottom of the screen are commands for saving the PDF or emailing it. The email option instantly adds the PDF as an attachment in your Outlook email.

We were impressed with the speed and ease we converted our files to PDF with PDFCreator. There may be more flashy conversion programs available, or ones that try to do more than this one, but for those just looking for an inexpensive and simple PDF converter, this one fits the bill nicely.

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All User Reviews
  • 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:

    3.8 stars

    out of 12 votes

    • 5 star: 4
    • 4 star: 5
    • 3 star: 1
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 2
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  • 4.0 stars

    "It's a useful tool to have around."

    March 3, 2012  |   By James Denison

    Version: PDFCreator 1.2.3

    Pros

    On some sites, even most sites it works almost perfectly. It also has page sizing which is necessary to create good webpage pdf copies

    Cons

    Some font rendering has problems. Also if the resolution setting has the page off the right side of the monitor it may cause a problem in capturing the page. That's easily fixed by changing resolution setting in display properties for interim printing of the page to PDF Creator.

    Summary

    Always check the Print Preview in whatever program you are using first to see what the page you want to print to PDF Creator looks like. The PDF Creator will look just like that Print Preview. When using a browser for webpage some will look OK in Print Preview and print OK, some will not. Also Print Preview will tell you how many standard size pages the copy will be. You can use this page count to adjust the page size in the PDF Custom Page size settings in properties so you won't have any page breaks in the PDF of the webpage that is created, which is great for not having pictures on the webpage split between pages. There is a 200 inch limit size on length of webpage size when customized. Here's a couple examples.

    First webpage printed great on a customized page size.
    http://glenburniemd.net/CNET/PDFcreatorExample_SinglePage.pdf7

    Second webpage doesn't print well even on customized page size.
    http://glenburniemd.net/CNET/HuffPo_Single_Page.pdf

    A better choice on some webpages for Firefox users is an add-on called Screen Capture Elite which creates an exact copy of the page to either png or jpg file. It also however must have the webpage width fit the monitor window, so resolution of display properties might be required. Here's an example of the webpage done by Screen Capture Elite which PDF Creator failed to render properly. It however only works in Firefox, whereas PDF Creator works as a printer from any program that sends to a printer.
    http://glenburniemd.net/CNET/HuffPo_EliteScreenCapture_FirefoxAdd-on.jpg

    PDF Creator is a good and useful program and I recommend it as one worth downloading for use at times.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "It's easy to use, has password protection, just great!"

    March 2, 2012  |   By Helle533

    Version: PDFCreator 1.2.3

    Pros

    Very good app and FREE! See above!

    Cons

    None, besides the toolbar, but you don't have to install that one!

    Summary



    Updated on Mar 2, 2012

    Very good program and that for FREE!

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Generally saves you work"

    December 9, 2011  |   By zipperwill

    Version: PDFCreator 1.2.3

    Pros

    Seems to be able to make a pdf from almost anything.
    easy to use and extremely reliable. I couldn't do without this technology as making a PDF to email saves lots of frustration.

    Cons

    Has some trouble with the adobe Reader as it doesn't want to override the non-savability of the current reader. I looks like it saving the file but all you get is an mt space holder.

    Summary

    Great product.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Effective."

    November 27, 2011  |   By MT3234

    Version: PDFCreator 1.2.3

    Pros

    Does exactly what it says it does. No hidden surprises, positive or negative. Works absolutely fine for me and was effortless to install. Ergonomic to use.

    Cons

    An upgraded interface would be nice. The UI is a bit of an eye-sore (although that is opinion).

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  • 1.0 stars

    "pdf creator OK but they installed toolbar"

    November 14, 2011  |   By lnwest

    Version: PDFCreator 1.2.3

    Pros

    pdf creator works fine

    Cons

    annoying that they installed their toolbar when I specifically unchecked the Yahoo etc stuff

    Summary

    Immediately uninstalled their toolbar. that's a nasty way to invade your computer. unscrupulous business practice. Avoid them

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  • 4.0 stars

    "great little converter"

    October 17, 2011  |   By cnetteddy

    Version: PDFCreator 1.2.3

    Pros

    for free you can convert word to pdf, and its easy

    Cons

    you can only do 3 at one time....

    Summary

    thanks CNET!!!! perfect for how often i use it

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  • 5.0 stars

    "I've not encountered any problems so far. Easy 2 use 2!"

    October 16, 2011  |   By rosedew

    Version: PDFCreator 1.2.3

    Pros

    What I primarily looked for was having control of the security of the pdf document. That was most important to me. Secondly, the clarity of the photos in the pdf is the best so far. Finally, this software is so easy to navigate through! It's very user friendly!

    Cons

    None thus far! I don't anticipate any problems because I have made a good number of pdf files to confirm that there are no immediate problems with this software.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "I have used PDFCeartor 1.2.3 may times."

    October 3, 2011  |   By jhay43

    Version: PDFCreator 1.2.3

    Pros

    I have nerver seen a downside to the product, it has always work flawlessly. I use it to store tech papers that have been downloaed in HTML. I am able to leave off the background for better print to paper

    Cons

    I needed sooner

    Summary

    Electronic filing is a fine method to store documents . Thanks for the fine program and Cnet Rocks

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  • 4.0 stars

    "The way to save on printing to paper."

    September 25, 2011  |   By Knightrider51us

    Version: PDFCreator 1.2.3

    Pros

    Easy to use, you can make it wait and print other pages to the same file. No need to waste paper until you need to. Improved this version so you don' t have to install the toolbar and it won't (just read during the installation) this time.

    Cons

    None that I can think of.

    Summary

    Easier to use than cut and paste to a word document. Just make sure if you print a web page to check your browser print settings and that the "print background" is checked so the document looks the same when done (works most of the time).

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  • 1.0 stars

    "URL redirector spyware/unlawful information gathering"

    September 20, 2011  |   By bluebaroncanada

    Version: PDFCreator 1.2.3

    Pros

    None. Don't download.

    Cons

    Toolbar is evil and could share information with a third party without your consent. Even redirected my attempts to get to gmail. Reporting them to Google immediately.

    Summary

    Didn't even notice until there was a problem until their service stopped working and my internet would not work at all as a symptom.
    DO NOT DOWNLOAD

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