3 Mar 2009

The Best Free PDF Creator

Posted by khk

I get this question every now and then: What is the best free PDF creator? If all you want to do is to create a PDF file every now and then, the full Adobe Acrobat is overkill and way to expensive. There are cheaper solutions, but free is always better than cheap…

I don’t know what “the best” solution is, but I’ve looked at a bunch of them, and I know which one of those I consider the best for my purposes: The PDF generator that’s built right into the Mac’s print dialog.


Ah, the question was meant about Windows… In that case, I would recommend PrimoPDF. The software recently got acquired by NitroPDF, and these people know PDF.

I’ve recommended PrimoPDF since it first appeared on the scene in 2004, and I’ve never heard any complaints.

So, if you need to create PDF documents, and you don’t care about all the other (really excellent) features of Adobe Acrobat, give PrimoPDF a try.


And, if you need less expensive alternative to Adobe Acrobat, give their NitroPDF application a chance. I don’t have much first hand experience with it, but I keep on hearing good things about it.

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4 Responses to “The Best Free PDF Creator”

  1. […] The best free PDF generator. Just see my previous blog post. If you need a PDF generator, download that […]

  2. […] MS Word, PowerPoint, …), or you didn’t have access to a PDF converter (even though the free PrimoPDF is just a mouse click away). Or, did somebody email you a PowerPoint presentation, but you […]

  3. Does Primo PDF work for mac? I use apple MacBook and wanted to fill forms on Australian Immigration website and then save it as pdf



  4. No, PrimoPDF does not work for Mac OS. It would also be the wrong tool for the job: You already have PDF files, so you don’t have to create them first. There is a PDF viewer installed on every Mac – it’s the Preview application. However, you have to use a different tool to fill out your PDF forms (unless you want your forms getting thrown out right away). Take a look at this post I wrote a while ago about how Preview corrupts your PDF files: http://khkonsulting.com/2013/06/preview-app-killer-of-pdf-files/

    If you want to make sure that your PDF forms are filled out so that information can be extracted and does not get lost along the way, install Adobe Reader XI. You can get it here: http://get.adobe.com/reader/