PDF Creator

Martin Brinkmann
Feb 4, 2009
Updated • Jan 1, 2014

PDF Creator is an Open Source program to create pdf documents. It installs itself as a virtual printer in Windows that turns all documents or textual contents into pdf documents.

So, instead of printing what you send on a connected printer, it gets converted into the pdf format instead.

The virtual printer offers the advantage that PDF Creator can be used by virtually any application that can communicate with printers in the Windows operating system.

PDF Creator is compatible with most Windows operating systems including the beta of Windows 7. The application makes use of Ghostscript to provide the pdf functionality.

The pdf generator comes with a few additional features that may make it interesting to users looking for advanced functionality. It can created PDF/A documents, create encrypted pdf documents and merge multiple documents into one pdf document.

PDF Creator can also create different file formats like PNG, JPG, TIFF, BMP, PCX, PS, EPS. Another interesting option is to install the PDF Creator application to run on terminal servers.

Update: PDF Creator is compatible with Windows 7 and the recently released Windows 8 operating system. The functionality remains the same. The screenshot above shows how the print view looks like when a document is send to the virtual printer. Here you get all the options to control how the output should look like. This includes changing the author, document title, subject or keywords, or selecting a profile.

The preferences display a variety of options, from configuring default settings to desired dpi, compression, fonts, colors, security and signing options.

Please note that the program ships with an adware offer which is displayed during installation. Make sure you disable the offer during installation and click on the decline button to avoid installing a toolbar on your system and modifying your home page and search engines in the browsers that you are using.


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  1. Steven Li said on August 11, 2009 at 7:32 pm

    dopdf does not use ghostscript, but free version has many limitation, I have hacked it to let it has the same features as commercial one, even better than commercial one, but I still like PDFCreator, btw, PDFCreator use my pdfcrypt to support 128-bit RC-4 and AES-128 encryption.


  2. rico said on February 6, 2009 at 11:36 pm

    It can also be used to compress PDFs, I compressed some over 75%


  3. โปรแกรมแปลงไฟล์ said on February 5, 2009 at 10:44 am

    i use create pdf on web.

  4. Zanza said on February 5, 2009 at 9:21 am

    i use dopdf because i hate pdf-creators that use/require ghostscript.

  5. AlbinoAsian said on February 5, 2009 at 5:51 am

    yeh the last version I downloaded was working on Vista,
    I was happy as it was always my favourite free PDF printer

  6. g said on February 5, 2009 at 5:18 am

    i use pdf creator and it works great (in xp).

    adobe acrobat has too many security issues imho.

    i do wish there was an open source product like acrobat though. i have three programs to do the work of acrobat (creator, splitnmerge, foxit)

  7. Anonymous said on February 5, 2009 at 3:34 am

    Yes, it dose support vista now. I am using on a Vista machine.

  8. Danny said on February 5, 2009 at 1:45 am

    Does PDF Creator support Vista now? It didn’t last time I checked so I use Bullzip PDF Printer instead.

    1. Martin said on February 5, 2009 at 2:04 am

      Well it is supporting Windows 7 according to the release notes so I assume it is also supporting Windows Vista.

  9. Dante said on February 5, 2009 at 12:19 am

    This is useful. How does it compare to CutePDF? I have trouble with CutePDF when I have embedded spreadsheets in a Word doc.

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