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Chapter 4. Creating PDFs > Creating PDFs in Other Applications

Creating PDFs in Other Applications

You can generate a PDF directly from within many other authoring applications. You no longer have to first save the file as a PostScript file, as you did in previous versions of Acrobat. Acrobat now provides several ways to do this as simply as possible.

On the Windows platform, you can create a PDF directly from the following programs: Autodesk AutoCAD, Microsoft Access, Excel, Internet Explorer, Outlook Express, PowerPoint, Publisher, Project, Visio, and Word. The steps to create a PDF in each of these applications are pretty much the same. Each program has a Create PDF button. When you click that button and save the file, you have a PDF.

You can create one-button PDFs on the Mac in only the Microsoft Office products, but there are many other applications, such as Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator, that give you other methods for creating PDFs.

To create a PDF from within Internet Explorer (Windows)

1.
In Internet Explorer, go to the Web page you want to convert to a PDF.

2.
Click the Convert button (Figure 4.20) to open the Convert Web Page to Adobe PDF dialog box.

Figure 4.20. You can also convert a Web page from Internet Explorer.


If you have Windows XP and don't see the PDF icon, choose View > Explorer Bar > Adobe PDF (Figure 4.21).

Figure 4.21. You may have to open the toolbar from the menu.


3.
In the Convert Web Page to Adobe PDF dialog box, enter a filename, choose a location, and click Save.

Once you click the Save button, Internet Explorer will save the Web page as a PDF in the location you chose, and you can open it with Acrobat.

To create a PDF from within Photoshop or Illustrator

1.
In Photoshop or Illustrator, choose File > Save As.

This launches the Save As dialog box.

2.
Enter a name for the file and in the format pop-up, choose Photoshop PDF or Adobe PDF.

3.
Click the Save button and you have just created a PDF.

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