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Solid PDF Creator

CNET Editors' review

Contrary to popular belief, the creation of PDF files doesn't require expensive, complex software. There are plenty of utilities out there now that make PDF creation as simple as printing. Solid PDF Creator is one such program. This basic piece of software lets users create PDFs with little effort or expertise.

Solid PDF Creator is attractive and easy to navigate. Once the program is installed it appears as a printer in the Print menu of every program that has printing capabilities. Users simply select Solid PDF Creator instead of their default printer, and the program opens a dialog allowing users to save the PDF in the desired location. Users can enter the PDF's title, subject, author and keywords, as well as add passwords and encryption. There are also settings for viewer preferences and document quality. The program's built-in Help file is brief but adequate; we're glad that it has one, but most users probably won't need to consult it. Overall, Solid PDF Creator isn't fancy, but it is true to its name: a solid piece of software that does what it's designed to do without a lot of fuss. We liked that it includes a few useful extras without a bunch of pointless filler features. We think this program is a great choice for anyone who wants to create PDF files as easily as they print documents.

Solid PDF Creator installs politely but leaves a folder behind upon removal. We recommend this program to all users.

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All User Reviews

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  • 1.0 stars

    "This is NOT PDF creation. Rather, PDF Imagination."

    October 28, 2012  |   By SaintlyMic

    Version: Solid PDF Creator 7.2

    Pros

    There are no pros for this program, or for any like it either!

    Cons

    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.

    So, in fact, programs like this are only converting a written document into a PDF image.
    And what is terrible is the fact that there are thousands of these fake PDF "creators", and this makes it almost impossible to find a real editor which creates a true PDF document.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Does not render correctly"

    August 16, 2012  |   By spiff_lule

    Version: Solid PDF Creator 7.2

    Pros

    No logo on .pdf's

    Cons

    The program does not render correctly with CAD software.
    I can't use it, had to un-install

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Doesn't render colors well"

    July 3, 2012  |   By R_E_C

    Version: Solid PDF Creator 7.2

    Pros

    Fast easy to use

    Cons

    Doesn't render colors of fonts from Publisher or Word or Wordperfect. It will render what it thinks on downsampling. It also thinks that it will duplex print. Don't understand that.

    Summary

    Needs some work to make it a good product

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  • 1.0 stars

    "worked for 1 day then adware and crashing"

    January 19, 2012  |   By BrionKidder

    Version: Solid PDF Creator 7.1

    Pros

    Free, installs fast, works well initially

    Cons

    Only worked the day I installed it; next day adware popped up with each print and then the print window would crash. Uninstalled.

    Summary

    Unreliable. Keep looking.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "very fast download"

    January 9, 2012  |   By canufiven

    Version: Solid PDF Creator 7.1

    Pros

    a nice product, recomended

    Cons

    nothing to say

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Program is too slow"

    November 8, 2011  |   By PDF-Creature

    Version: Solid PDF Creator 7.1

    Pros

    To convert only, this program is recommandable.

    Cons

    Trial to scan. After 10 pages you have to wait 15 minutes until the automatic optimizatiion ends. After scanning in a new document I miss more often parts of the original. The OCR is the old MODI from MS Office 2007. It's absolutly not timely.

    Summary

    If you want convert only. Its OK. If you want scan you have to have patience.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Program did not run"

    October 28, 2011  |   By brandon876

    Version: Solid PDF Creator 7.1

    Pros

    None that I could see.

    Cons

    The program did not run on my 64-bit Windows 7 machine. Execution began, but then the program hung. I thought that this might be a replacement for Cute PDF Writer, but I quickly switched back.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Seems OK, but only ran a few short tests"

    March 4, 2011  |   By CybernAct

    Version: Solid PDF Creator 7.0 build 719

    Pros

    Fairly straightforward installation, and running it. I had neither nag screen nor my default printer being changed as others indicated; but maybe I didn't test it long enough.

    Cons

    Wasn't sure if it didn't always ask me for topic, author, etc.

    Summary

    At least would be fine for casual user with intermittent need for this function.

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  • 2.0 stars

    ""Successful conversation" but PDF blank. And NOT FREE!!"

    February 16, 2011  |   By vokikas

    Version: Solid PDF Creator 7.0 build 719

    Pros

    Couldn't find any, despite having re-tried several times

    Cons

    1 - Didn't work for me!
    2 - Info says FREE, it is not, just a trial version
    3 - And my default printer got unmarked, w/o my opinion...

    Summary

    No thanks! (couldn't find yet an uninstaller, not in the proper folder, but will find it and use it a.s.a.p.)

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Does the job but at some expense to convenience."

    January 26, 2011  |   By laurieprior

    Version: Solid PDF Creator 7.0 build 719

    Pros

    It makes good multi-page PDF documents and the Print to PDF option does what it says on the tin. It was fairly straight forward to install and worked almost as described.

    Cons

    Rather invasive. Installing as a printer wouldn't be bad if it didn't seem to set itself as the default printer every time I used it. It wasn't free and the makers really shouldn't be nagging to pay for it each time we open it to use it.

    Summary

    A good way to create a PDF document from multiple paged docs but annoying that it isn't really free. It would be better if it had a 30 uses or 30 day option and a cheaper upgrade price, and so far I've not found it usable enough and instead have put a genuinely free one on my system called "doPDF" which works identically and doesn't take over the default printing nor does it nag about buying it. So I voted with my feet so to speak.

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