CutePDF Writer

by Barry Dysert
(last updated April 14, 2014)

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CutePDF Writer is an excellent little utility that remains unobtrusive but is ready to perform at a moment's notice. There are several utilities that create PDF files, but CutePDF Writer can create a PDF file from within any application that allows you to print. This means, for example, that you can create a PDF file from Notepad, Word, Excel, etc. The reason this utility is so versatile is because it installs as a "printer subsystem."

Whatever application you're in, when you want to create a PDF file from it, simply print your document to the CutePDF Writer "printer" and you'll quickly have a PDF file. For example, here is a screen shot of using CutePDF Writer as the printer for a Word 2010 document. (See Figure 1.)

Figure 1. Choosing CutePDF Writer as a printer.

Once you select the printer and click Print, you are presented with a Save As dialog box asking where the PDF file should be created. (See Figure 2.)

Figure 2. Specifying where to save the PDF file.

When you click Save, your PDF file is created as you've specified. It's really that easy!

To use CutePDF Writer, you'll also need to install a PS2PDF converter such as Ghostscript (which is also free). CutePDF Writer is a free download and can be retrieved here:

http://www.cutepdf.com/Products/CutePDF/writer.asp

Ghostscript is also a free download, available here:

http://www.cutepdf.com/download/converter.exe

 This tip (13067) applies to Windows 7 and 8.

Author Bio

Barry Dysert

Barry has been a computer professional for over 30 years, working in different positions such as technical team leader, project manager, and software developer.  He is currently a senior software engineer with an emphasis on developing custom applications under Microsoft Windows. ...

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2014-04-14 08:56:11

Henry Noble

Tracker Software also produces the excellent PDF-Xchange Viewer, which is a free replacement for Adobe Reader.

PDF-Xchange Viewer is small and quick, and it does not suffer from the security holes and incessant updates of the Adobe products.

Unless you need one of the very specialized functions built into Adobe Reader, consider un-installing that product and letting PDF-Xchange handle your PDF files.




2014-04-14 07:36:27

Barry

A tip on a tip. I like it!


2014-04-14 07:01:25

Shreepad S M Gandhi

Thanks Barry.
MS-Office Suite applications like Word, Excel, Powerpoint etc. have Save As file option PDF (*.pdf) in-built that comes with the Office Suite. And my experience is it delivers excellent resolution in the pdf output file than printing the file as pdf by any third party tools like the one above.
Secondly, individual opinion may vary as there are n-number of pdf tools. One such freeware is from Tracker Software Products. Alongwith writing a pdf it also manages excellently pdf documents like merge, delete, edit pages and so on. Try it out. It is a personal favourite. :) Enjoy.


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