Though the interface design could use a splash of color, we found converting files to PDFs extremely fast and easy thanks to pdfFactory's extremely easy-to-use interface navigation.
The program can be accessed through any program's Print function. For our tests, we converted Word documents, Excel files, and even Web pages. Once we selected the program from our printer options, our selected files and/or Web pages were immediately converted into PDFs that we could preview through the drab, but functional, main user interface. The tabbed-style display window gave us options for embedding fonts and converting original URLs to PDF links, both of which worked perfectly. We were able to apply a description of the PDF, including the title, subject, author, and keywords. The program's Security feature let us select from two encryption methods, as well as require users to enter a password to read the document. As soon as we finished configuring our newly created PDF, we were able to successfully save it to our location of choice and easily send it via e-mail.
The program contains a built-in Help menu that offers a search function. Novice users will find it especially helpful with explaining the importance of embedding fonts, as well as describing all of the program's functions. Users of all skill levels will find the 30-day trial more than enough time to appreciate pdfFactory's ease of use and effectiveness.
From FinePrint Software:
pdfFactory is a tool for creating PDF files. It allows you to instantly create PDFs with a few clicks. Users can also combine multiple documents into one PDF. The software features the ability to preview your conversion and allows you to encrypt the PDF files as well.
What's new in this version:
Fixed problems with rearranging pages when in thumbnail view.
I have used PDFactory for many years maybe 20 - 25... time slips by. We used and recommended it when pdf's were just an expensive way to securely send and pack it in a small file. remember the internet was slow 20 or more years ago....
none it has always preformed simply
LOVE IT LOVE IT LOVE IT... free or pay for edition
this is the product you have been looking for. I have been using it for at least 5 years and use it frequently EVERY DAY! I have tryed others in this class type and they don't come close. You can preview your output immediately.
no cons. They have improved over the years and the current version has all the bells and whistles you can think of. the only one that I can think of is to be able to edit the pdf in this software not adobe...
If you have tried the other pdf softwares out there then TRY THIS ONE. You will not be disappointed. It is very fast, and can print 50 100 200 pages to it and it responds fast unlike others (if you know what I mean)... Good luck!
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