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3. Formatting, Printing, and Table Hacks > 23. Make PDFs Without Acrobat

Make PDFs Without Acrobat

PDF has become a nearly universal file format for displaying documents. But while you can download Adobe Reader for free, you must shell out nearly $300 for the full version if you want to create PDFs. Fortunately, you can use the free Ghostscript and GhostWord programs to create PDFs instead.

By taking advantage of some free utilities, you can easily create full-featured PDFs from Word files without purchasing the full version of Adobe Acrobat. The Ghostscript utility, a freeware program available for any platform, can create PDFs from PostScript files. PostScript is a page-description language understood by most printers, and it is usually the format your files are converted to behind the scenes when you send them to your printer.


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