I regularly have to create pdf invoices which some companies seem to prefer over other forms of documents and I have been using doc to pdf online converters until now that convert the Microsoft .doc files into the Adobe .pdf documents. I have two major problems with this procedure however.
The first is that i have to upload my invoice to a website so that it can be processed and converted into the portable document format. This is a privacy issues, and I love my privacy as you all know. The second is that websites come and go and there is no telling if the website with the converter script will be there the next year.
I therefore decided to try some local solutions to create pdf documents without having to purchase Adobe Acrobat. WinPDF Writer is such a solution. It creates a virtual printer that creates pdf documents out of any text document that you create in Windows applications.
The free program ships with a set of settings that you can display from the start menu of the system. Here you can specify the default location that converted pdf documents should be saved in to, whether you want to view or email the pdf after the conversion, and if the print job name should be used to save the pdf file under the default folder automatically.
WinPDF supports a set of security settings which you can configure. Among them options to password protect the pdf document and to disable features such as printing, editing, copying, extracting or adding and changing of comments and form fields.
It's working flawlessly with Microsoft Office and I suppose it would work with other applications as well. I just have to select the virtual printer to create the pdf document.Advertisement
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