On Mac OS X, you can easily save any document as PDF format. It is a built-in feature. We do not have the useful feature on Windows Vista (or any other versions of Windows) but it can be done with external software. I recommend doPDF to save your documents to PDF format on Windows.
doPDF is a FREE PDF converter that allows you to create PDF files by selecting the “Print” command from virtually any application. With one click you can convert your Microsoft Excel, Word or PowerPoint documents or your emails and favourite web sites to PDF files.
After installing doPDF, you will get a virtual printer named “doPDF”. Simply select the printer from the “Print” menu and it will convert and save your document to PDF format. No nag, no watermark and it’s free!
The following video is the demo of creating PDF file with doPDF:
Some features of doPDF:
- FREE for both commercial and personal use
- Support 64-bits Windows
- Small setup file, do not require 3rd party program (GhostScript) to create PDF
- Customisable resolution – you can choose any resolution from 72 to 2400 dpi
- Predefined/custom page sizes – choose a default page size or enter your own custom page size.
- Searchable PDFs — you can search for text within the created PDF file
Download doPDF (1.42MB)
My two cents
I installed doPDF on my Vista box and it works great! The setup file is extremely small compared to other PDF creator such as CutePDF or PDFCreator. CutePDF requires PS2PDF converter such as Ghostscript (over 10MB) in order to work. PDFCreator has big size setup file (15MB).
If doPDF can do the same (or better) job at its smaller size (1.42MB), I see no reason why we want to install the other big size PDF convertor.
By the way, saving documents to PDF format means consuming less papers. Quote from doPDF: “save paper. save trees. save planet.” :)