Here’s a list of services and products that create documents in Adobe’s Acrobat “Portable Document Format” (PDF). (Much of this is drawn from Merle’s article on WebProNews)
(This list will be expanded on and updated at loose wire cache, this blog’s more permanent library.)
Software to convert files to PDF
Software that creates PDF files from other files:
PDFMoto: A Web publishing system that converts documents you create in any Windows application into PDF. They offer several different versions, so pricing varies, but they do offer a free version that is limited to 50 documents.
PDF995 : Free software that allows you to create PDF documents as easily as hitting the “print” key from within any application. The free version has an advertising splash page that comes up everytime you run the program but you can purchase “keys” for $9.95 each to remove them if they bother you.
Txt2PDF: a Perl 5 program that converts your old text docs to PDF format. Runs on any platform that supports Perl. From $40.
Gymnast: freeware text to PDF creator for Windows.
CutePDF Printer: totally free. This software has no annoying ads or banners. Choose print from within any application to create a PDF instantly.
Win2PDF: Windows NT, Win 2000 or XP. From $35 to $70.
PDFCreator: an open-source project on SourceForge.net, installing as a printer driver. (Thanks cmswire for this one, and pointing to the original story.)
pdfFactory: quite advanced PDF creator, including multiple documents into one PDF, preview and font embedding.
Suites that include PDF conversion
The following office suites include PDF printing as part of the standard package:
WordPerfect Office 11
Other products, such as PaperPort ($100 to $200) and PaperMaster Pro ($200) will allow you to scan or convert a file to PDF as part of the program’s overall document management system.
Adobe Look in the left hand column for the button that says “create PDF online.” You can create up to five documents free; after that you’ll need to pay $10 a month or $100 per year for unlimited usage.
GoBlc Free online conversion service that will email you the results.
Software to convert PDF files
Software that turns an Acrobat file into something you can edit in another program
PDFConverter: converts PDF to Microsoft Word (this won’t work with scanned image PDF files) ($50)
OmniPage: converts any kind of PDF file into an Office document; will also scan or convert an existing document into PDF ($600).