I have been using two methods to create pdf documents lately and made the decision to stick with one of them after evaluating both of them. Creating pdf documents is not something that I have to do on a daily basis but it was always a rather complicated process because I did not want to purchase a professional version of Adobe Acrobat only to create a handful of documents each year.
The first method that I discovered was an online service that creates a pdf document out of documents that I upload to their website. The newly created pdf document is then transferred to the email address that you enter on the page there. While this method has the advantage that it can be used without software installation, it has a few disadvantages that need to be mentioned.
The most important concern for me are privacy concerns. I sometimes have to convert documents that I don't want to expose to others and I don't want to take that risk even if it is a slim one. Documents that you need to convert need to be uploaded to the server for obvious reasons, and while that is not an issue for some documents, you may not want to upload financial, health or other important documents to the service.
A far better solution in my opinion is doPDF which installs itself as a pdf printer on your system. Whenever you would need a pdf document you would simply choose to print - which does not print but save - the document that you want to convert.
This way a pdf document is created without third party involvement which is way better in my opinion.
Take a look at the YouTube video to watch a demonstration:
The benefit of using the software are that the documents are processed on the local system, so that it does not need to be transferred to a third party server. You do not need an Internet connection as well to create the document, and while most computers are connected to the Internet these days, it is still reassuring that this is not a requirement.
Last but not least, it is fairly certain that the second method supports additional document types and formats,. Basically, if you can print something on your system, you can create a pdf document out of it. This includes documents but also image formats for example.
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