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WinPDF

By PDFDesk Informatique Free Editors' Rating

Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Oct 3, 2010

WinPDF from PDFDesk Informatique is a free tool for creating PDF documents via the Print properties. It installs a virtual printer on your system that you select via the Print command. It saves documents as PDFs in a directory of your choosing, or it can print them out as PDFs. It can convert other documents to PDFs, too. Though it's a free solution for creating PDFs, it adds a watermark on output, limiting its appeal.

Installing WinPDF adds the Easy PDF Creator printer software to your Printers directory, and you can access it like your system's other real and virtual printers. You can access the program's PDF settings from its main interface, a simple dialog with nine buttons, or from the Printer Preferences dialog. Among its options are Page Setup, Fonts Embedding, Document Information, and Encryption, which includes a password-setting feature and security selections. We browsed to a document, a JPEG image of a pen-and-ink drawing surrounded by text. We right-clicked the image thumbnail, selected Print, and then clicked Options/Print Properties on the dialog to select our preferences. Clicking Print opened a Save As dialog with PDF selected as file type; we simply had to name the file and browse to a folder to save it. We clicked on the saved file, and it opened with Adobe Reader, our default PDF application. The image and text were as clear as any PDF file we've seen. Next we tried a color image and a printer test page, which also saved correctly. Unfortunately, WinPDF added a watermark to each in the form of a line of blue text advising us to buy the full Easy PDF Creator Program to remove it. This was a disappointment, but the watermark line is barely visible and didn't make any part of the document unreadable, so if you don't mind it, it's not too big a problem, considering it's a free PDF creator.

WinPDF is an interesting free tool that would be more useful if it didn't add a watermark to the files it creates. Still, if all you need is a simple utility to create PDFs that can be opened by other applications now and then, it's more than up to the task.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 2.02

Add support for Windows 8 64-bit and 32-bit

General

Release May 6, 2013
Date Added May 6, 2013
Version 2.02

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows 2003, Windows Vista, Windows, Windows 2000, Windows 8, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7, Windows XP
Additional Requirements None

Popularity

Total Downloads 18,935
Downloads Last Week 0
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Developer's Description

WinPDF is professional PDF creation software. It installs a virtual printer named "Easy PDF Creator", which enables users to create PDF files and convert existing documents into PDF format, though the print command offering PDF paper size, resolution, orientation, fonts embedding, live hyperlink, embedded images, formulas, tables, figures, encryption, document metadata, usage control, automatic and batch output.