Make a PDF for free! Easy!

See if any of these situations sound familiar.

  • You need to create a PDF, but don’t have the full version of Acrobat.
  • You can’t take advantage of the Macintosh’s built-in PDF maker because you are running Windows.
  • You are on a Mac and someone sends you a Microsoft Publisher file.
  • Someone sends you a file that you don’t have the program to open it.

PDF Online could be your answer. PDF Online will let you upload a document and will convert it to a PDF and email it to you for free. It will convert the following formats:

  • MS Word (DOC)
  • HTML (MHT)
  • MS Word (RTF)
  • Text (TXT)
  • MS PowerPoint (PPT)
  • JPG, PNG
  • MS PowerPoint (PPS)
  • BMP, TIFF
  • MS Publisher (PUB)
  • WMF, EMF, GIF
  • MS Excel (XLS)

After a little poking around on their site, I discovered a few other things they have:

  1. A printer driver you can download to print to a PDF. It has a free trial period and only costs $14.95 for a single license. While it only works on Windows, that’s okay for Macintosh users too since they already have a PDF maker as part of the operating system.
  2. Convert a PDF to Word. (FREE)
  3. Add a button to your websites that will “Save page as PDF” for your visitors. You have to sign-up, but I think this is also a free service.
  4. A (FREE) PDF service for your iphone or other handheld device. This allows you to send an email to a specific address with attached documents. The documents are converted to PDFs and then emailed back to you. And, if you don’t have an iphone – you can still email your docs and have them sent back as PDFs. Neat!

This is a pretty nice little tip to have in your toolbox of tricks. So, if you need convert a document to a PDF, check them out:

PDF Online – FRee PDF Services


Lena Shore

Lena is a full-time freelancer and nerd that specializes in web development, graphic design, and illustration. She enjoys building things, learning new things, pursuing creative endeavors, and giving free advice.

3 Comments

  1. Richard Robertson on February 4, 2009 at 12:27 pm

    Great tip. I am sure that I will get the opportunity to recommend this solution to clients.



  2. Kroneg on February 4, 2009 at 9:49 pm

    Another option for printing to a PDF is CutePDF (http://www.cutepdf.com). It will create a printer driver that will send any Windows print to a PDF file. It works well and is free.



  3. Lena on February 4, 2009 at 10:04 pm

    Good tip Kro. Thanks!



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