PDFCreator

PDFCreator

Download Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
3.2
out of 159 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    1.5
  • Total Downloads:
    1,211,934
  • Date Added:
    Aug. 30, 2012
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    25.99MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    2,488
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:

Editors' Review

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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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User Reviews
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  • Current Version

    2.4

    out of 8 votes

    • 5 star 1
    • 4 star 2
    • 3 star 0
    • 2 star 1
    • 1 star 4
  • All Versions

    3.2

    out of 159 votes

    • 5 star 56
    • 4 star 33
    • 3 star 14
    • 2 star 6
    • 1 star 50
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1 stars

"tricks user to install adware"

November 22, 2012  |  By iuliuv

 |  Version: PDFCreator 1.5

Pros

main program works well

Cons

Ver 1.5.1 is bundled with Claro Search Bar which is easy to install by mistake (installer is deceitful). It will hijack all your web browsers, and keep overriding your home page and default search. Very hard to remove requiring a specialized software such as AdwCleaner.

Summary

Avoid: there are better programs out there, also free and without the risk of infecting your computer with adware that will slow your computer and give you headaches.

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1 stars

"Doesn't work"

November 20, 2012  |  By vintona

 |  Version: PDFCreator 1.5

Pros

Easy to install
Easy to uninstall

Cons

It never fully captured all of the screen which a user sees. In other words, if there was text on the right side of the screen this program would cut or truncate it off and it became unreadable in the PDF. I tried re-setting page properties in several ways including have a margin of zero all the way around. Still no luck.

Summary

Very frustrating. After wasting my time with all of this it needed to go...
{Win XP SP3}

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2 stars

"program hangs on 1st use"

October 26, 2012  |  By ac8261

 |  Version: PDFCreator 1.5

Pros

conversion is okay,

Cons

but on merging another PDF file, the program hangs

Summary

will continue to test use it.

it's free, so can't complain.

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1 stars

"STAY AWAY - WILL INSTALL AVG AND TAKE OVER YOUR BROWSER"

October 16, 2012  |  By cnetdtheb

 |  Version: PDFCreator 1.5

Pros

Used this program for over a year now and liked it. Donated money which I always do for nicely done freeware. It has many features and one I like is the ability to collect numerous print jobs into a single PDF.

Cons

Made the mistake of upgrading to version 1.5. I unselected the AVG tool installation. Didn't matter. That weasel software took over home pages, search engines, toolbars, in every browser I have installed. YOU WILL WASTE A LOT OF TIME GETTING RID OF THIS THING. The weasel software even disables the REMOVE button for itself so you can't get rid of it using the User Interface. You better be prepared to go into Regedit and low level browser config strings to eliminate it.

If you do that, then you are rewarded with a broken installation that fails to register an ocx driver. So... you better know how to manually register it yourself.

Summary

Bottom line is the software is/was good if you can get through all these pains, but their embrace of the dark side now makes it a MUST AVOID. Go elsewhere.

I want my donation back.

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1 stars

"Good product but unnecessary add-ons"

October 04, 2012  |  By skdonweb

 |  Version: PDFCreator 1.5

Pros

Very good product, does whatever is expected. I have used it for a long time.

Cons

When I downloaded the latest version, it is trying to forcibly install AVG toolbar and settings (home page, etc.) There is no option to de-select the AVG related options. This is really irritating because the main product was damn good. It did what was expected. With this AVG bundling, I have decided not to use this software any more.

Summary

Good product, however latest version tries to forcibly install AVG anti-virus related toolbars and settings that are really irritating. There is no option to deselect AVG installation, so I have decided not to use this software.

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5 stars

"Best, Simplest, Easiest, Most Useful"

October 03, 2012  |  By baberb

 |  Version: PDFCreator 1.5

Pros

The best thing about it is that it automatically selects the current folder of the document you're printing from, and automatically uses the same name. So my file 'CustomerQuote.xlsx' which is in that customers' folder, will save a 'CustomerQuote.pdf' in that folder. No interaction on my part, I just click one button.

It even actually works better than most others out there. The difference is in the details, like an underscore '_' in excel, I've had other readers just don't print those at all. Also the lower part of letters 'g' and 'p' give other PDF printers problems. This one is THE BEST!

Cons

The only bad thing is that it sets up its printer properties by default to A4 paper; we in the US use 8.5x11. Printing as-is creates weird margins and is especially problematic for excel documents.

Here's the fix:
1. Go to Printers and Faxes in the Start menu of Windows.

2. Click PDFCreator and then click Set printer properties.

3. Click Printing preferences.

4. Click Advanced.

5. Under Paper Size, choose PostScript Custom Page Size.

6. Enter the dimensions of your document (for letter, width 8.50 inches by length 11.00 inches).

7. Click OK, OK, OK, OK.

Summary

With a small fix, its the best and EASIEST pdf creator out there

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4 stars

"I find PDF Creator 1.5 an excellent format to work with"

October 01, 2012  |  By MAPASSOC

 |  Version: PDFCreator 1.5

Pros

PDF Creator 1.5 is an excellent format, particularly with respect to its ability to produce the larger size documents, i.e.; architectural and engineering technical work drawings.

Cons

Not any to date

Summary

We will continue in our trial use PDF Creator 1.5

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4 stars

"Does exactly what it's supposed to do very well."

September 07, 2012  |  By JoelLeitner510

 |  Version: PDFCreator 1.5

Pros

Quick and easy to use, works every time.

Cons

None that I can think of.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 1.5
Version 1.5 includes options for PDF files and better Group Policy support for admins.
General
Publisher Pdfforge
Publisher web site http://www.pdfforge.org/
Release Date August 30, 2012
Date Added August 30, 2012
Version 1.5
Category
Category Business Software
Subcategory Business Applications
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows, Windows 7
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 25.99MB
File Name PDFCreator-2_0_1-setup.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 1,211,934
Downloads Last Week 2,488
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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