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frisco
06-29-2010, 09:03 AM
My novel is written in Microsoft word 2003. The cover of my book is Photoshop (or PNC). Now I entered the ABNA and I have the option to get a free printed copy of my entry, but it says the files uploaded have to be PDF. Anyone got any advice on how I would go about converting them to that format?

Collectonian
06-29-2010, 09:46 AM
If you don't have Adobe Acrobat or Adobe Flash Paper, you can do it online at http://createpdf.adobe.com/ which lets you do 5 for free. There is also a free PDF writer called CutePDF, but I've never used it: http://www.cutepdf.com/ and I think OpenOffice can do PDF files as well.

DeleyanLee
06-29-2010, 04:10 PM
Adobe's website used to have a feature that, if you signed up, you got 5 (I think it was) free translations into PDF. That was a few years ago, but they might still do it.

Word 2007 has the feature built-in, if you know someone who has Word 2007.

AliceAnderson
06-29-2010, 08:26 PM
The easiest way to create a PDF is to get a free GoogleDocs account, paste your cover and book text into a Document. Then go to File > Download as > PDF. I've done this several times for projects and for my clients projects. It always works like a charm.

Chris P
06-29-2010, 08:34 PM
Microsoft will let you download a free pdf maker for Word 2003 (or at least it used to. They might have stopped supporting that since Word 2007 came out).

The latest version of Open Office allows save as pdf, but I've not used it and I don't know if you need additional plug ins.

maestrowork
06-29-2010, 10:19 PM
Doc2PDF:

http://www.pdfonline.com/convert-pdf/

kuwisdelu
06-29-2010, 10:29 PM
Isn't it about time one of these was stickied or something?

Matera the Mad
06-30-2010, 06:26 AM
PDF Creator (http://en.pdfforge.org/pdfcreator) *sigh* stickeeeeeeeeeeee

MacAllister
06-30-2010, 06:39 AM
Stuck.

Thanks, all.

thothguard51
06-30-2010, 07:32 AM
Wow, learn something new everyday here.

kuwisdelu
06-30-2010, 08:08 AM
And in the interest of the stickie, in case any Mac users have the same question, it's as simple as:

File -> Print (Cmd + P)

Then click the PDF button and choose "save as PDF."

princecarspian
07-27-2010, 09:39 PM
If you own Acrobat you can create PDFs from virtually any program that can print. Once you've installed Acrobat, you'll find that you have a new printer driver called AdobePDF.To give it a quick trial run, open any document, choose the AdobePDF driver and print. It will ask you to supply a name for your PDF file. Give it one, click OK and you've made a PDFYou can also convert any valid PostScript file to PDF using Distiller manually

Penman Shipp
10-25-2010, 08:51 AM
I'll also recommend PDF Creator. It's a tidy little program that lets you print ANYTHING as a PDF. Get it from SourceForge.net here http://sourceforge.net/projects/pdfcreator/

Works like a champ.

Margarita Skies
11-13-2010, 06:44 PM
I just click save as in my document and click PDF or XPS, but then again I have Word 2007, so...I had Word 2003 five years ago and I don't remember if they give you that option. I never had to make a PDF five years ago, so I didn't quite look into that. I used to use DocPDF when I didn't know I had that option in Word '07. It's easy, you just make DocPDF your printer, or one of them for that matter, and if you have another printer installed, make sure you have DocPDF selected as your printer before you go to save it as PDF, click Print, and it turns your Word document into PDF for you. You have to wait until it opens in your Adobe Reader, and then it's done. Otherwise the document won't be converted. It takes a while depending on how many pages your document has. My 500-page novels formatted in 4x7 book size would take me about 2 mins.

Matera the Mad
11-14-2010, 04:08 PM
I'd also like to put in a good word for Nitro PDF (http://www.nitroreader.com/). I've been testing it lately, and it is my current default reader. It is good for converting almost anything to PDF, and one of the best I've ever used for extracting text or images. It can extract text intelligently, better than Adobe, producing a plain text file with very few unnecessary line breaks.

LOL, how to make and unmake a PDF.

Manuel Royal
11-14-2010, 04:58 PM
And I've been using Primo PDF (http://www.primopdf.com/index.aspx) freeware.

Nice to have so many options.

Ken
11-14-2010, 05:19 PM
... I bought ABBYY PDF Transformer two years back for $90. Works well. No need to make the investment though with the options above. I do have to say that one of the reasons I made the investment was that some of the freeware didn't always work, including Adobe's free 5. My docs got bungled in the conversion. I was doing nonstandard stuff though with charts and whatnot. With straight text, conversions would probably go fine with freeware 99 times in a 100.

littlebear91
12-11-2010, 04:59 AM
i still don't get why microsoft word is so popular, I still like openoffice better, just file->save as-> export to pdf.

Diamons
12-14-2010, 06:14 AM
Why has nobody mentioned Google Docs? Simply upload and save it as a PDF.

willietheshakes
01-01-2011, 07:17 AM
Why has nobody mentioned Google Docs? Simply upload and save it as a PDF.

cough*post#4*cough

Matera the Mad
01-01-2011, 07:24 AM
i still don't get why microsoft word is so popular, I still like openoffice better, just file->save as-> export to pdf.Not that I'm awfully into defending M$, but MSOffice does have an excellent PDF conversion add-in.

LOLz @ belated mention of the Google trick

Medievalist
01-01-2011, 07:47 AM
Not to be err, boasting, but .pdf generation is built into Mac OSX at the system level.

Any app that can print or save can generate a .pdf.

If you know how to use Terminal, you can include/not include fonts, or generate a variety of postscript files.

Not that, you know, I'm bragging . . .

kuwisdelu
01-01-2011, 08:54 AM
Not to be err, boasting, but .pdf generation is built into Mac OSX at the system level.

Any app that can print or save can generate a .pdf.

If you know how to use Terminal, you can include/not include fonts, or generate a variety of postscript files.

Not that, you know, I'm bragging . . .

And just in case any Mac users ever get in the situation where they have a bunch of picture files they want to join into a PDF...

Select the files, select all (Cmd + A) and open them (Cmd + O) in Preview. In Preview, select all the images again (Cmd + O), and then go to File->Print Selected Images. Then do as I said in post #11, and click the PDF button and Save as PDF. Voila, your pictures are now joined together into a PDF file.

Dunno how often the rest of you find yourself in that situation... but I find it pretty useful.

JulieBeth
01-22-2011, 08:58 PM
I have found while a lot of these work great, many of them don't convert hyperlinks well. If you have hyperlinks, the only thing so far that has worked well is adobe itself, but you only get five for free. :( Google docs works, but it adds their *funny-looking* hyperlink, that is plain ugly. Does anyone have any recommendations for one that also converts hyperlinks (free)? :)

Rob_In_MN
01-22-2011, 09:39 PM
Another vote for CutePDF. it installs as a printer on your computer, so you just select print (from any program) and you use the cutePDF printer. Once it "prints" you get a dialog box prompting you to save your pdf file. I like it a lot.

edit: don't recall how CutePDF handles hyperlinks.

shelleyhitz
02-15-2011, 10:01 PM
I use several options, but one that hasn't been mentioned yet is the free version of PDF995.com with their add-on PDFedit995 so that my hyperlinks are active. However, you do have to type it in as URL format for the links to be active.

I show with screenshots how I use it to create a 8.5x5.5 interior book template. http://www.self-publishing-coach.com/self-publishing-software.html
(http://www.self-publishing-coach.com/self-publishing-software.html)

shelleyhitz
03-17-2011, 02:19 AM
I just recently learned how amazing OpenOffice.org is for converting PDF's. There is an "export to PDF" button and it will automatically convert text and URL links...no other free PDF software I know does this. And this is very handy then for creating a clickable table of contents.

Definitely check it out and if you need help learning how to use it, google it and you'll find many tutorials! I did create a short video about it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EdxHI_9Rayk

~Shelley

lwood6145
05-26-2011, 10:40 PM
I'm using a pdf editor called just that. It cost around $60 I think. It's good as far as simply opening your file in the pdf editor--it creates it in pdf formatf--however, sometimes it loads the word doc backwards, that is, last page to first, with the last page in the front. I've corrected this one, it did it again, and now I'm having problems getting it corrected.

Also, BUYER BEWARE--stay away from SMART PDF EDITOR--I bought a full version, it would not completely download.I've sent them numerous emails, to no avail. They simply sell the product, which may not completely download to your pc, then you won't hear from them again.

TheMindKiller
05-26-2011, 11:59 PM
I know this doesn't apply to the OP but if anyone has an iPad and wants to manipulate PDF files... Save2PDF is a great iPad app that only costs like $6.99. I use it and it's pretty simple. Very versatile (works with a lot of different file formats). You can print from it (although I haven't done that) and email the PDFs from the program. Pretty nice.

bmadsen
05-27-2011, 02:00 AM
I just recently learned how amazing OpenOffice.org is for converting PDF's. There is an "export to PDF" button and it will automatically convert text and URL links...no other free PDF software I know does this. And this is very handy then for creating a clickable table of contents.

Definitely check it out and if you need help learning how to use it, google it and you'll find many tutorials! I did create a short video about it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EdxHI_9Rayk

~Shelley


great tip on the open office stuff, always had it, never used it. Until now, thanks!!

Kensington
05-30-2011, 04:26 PM
There's this one too. But it only allows one file per 30 minutes on the free version.


http://www.freepdfconvert.com/

bmadsen
06-06-2011, 05:08 AM
I just used software 995 creator and it rocks. Recommended

Davidchatman
06-21-2011, 09:35 AM
The easiest way to create a PDF is to get a free GoogleDocs account, paste your cover and book text into a Document. Then go to File > Download as > PDF. I've done this several times for projects and for my clients projects. It always works like a charm.

Thank you friend, I always had doubt on creating a pdf file, You have solved it. Thank you very much

SamHorton
07-04-2011, 06:14 PM
I did this for submission to Lulu, to create a software user's guide.

For the cover art, do not use a PDF. Use a TIFF or EPS file instead.

For the content, I tried all of the free stuff, then bit the bullet and bought Adobe Acrobat / Pro.

In a nutshell, in Acrobat/Pro, if you were in MS Word:
1. File/Print/PDF
2. Edit the settings, disable all image compression, include all fonts on your PC, save that profile
3. For all images in your document, use EPS only or TIF (others will degrade to varying degrees, in print)
4. Print to PDF, let it open

Now, that will give you a huge file. After you have created the file and it opens in Acrobat, use Acrobat's option for reduce file size.

With this, you have a reasonable shot. That said, at least with Lulu, what I got back was acceptable, but just acceptable.

BookFormatterJen
09-06-2011, 05:33 AM
I would like to add cutePDF among the free pdf creator software that were mentioned. Here's the link: http://www.cutepdf.com/

Arpeggio
09-25-2011, 10:20 PM
I use Nitro PDF reader to convert word to PDF. It's free and keeps the same page size with high quality print and embedded fonts.

SummerSurf57
11-24-2011, 03:41 AM
This is just how I do it (might not work on some versions of Windows). When I click File + Save on Microsoft Word, and it asks what format to save it in, I am given the option to change it to PDF.

Paul
11-24-2011, 03:50 AM
posting for future ref.

but Open Office have it, stunningly easy to use. (click an icon on the tool bar, that's it!)

jamiegrl100
02-17-2012, 07:31 PM
yes, Ms office 2007 has an option to save as PDF, just click the button on the top left, and click save as, and then use the drop down box to change the save as format to PDF, i have done this many times with out fail.;

mpclemens
04-24-2012, 02:57 AM
One tip if you're using LibreOffice to make print-ready PDFs (for POD, for example.) Be sure to "embed standard fonts" in the document, and make sure that "Register-true" is enabled in the page formatting.

The first is to ensure that you don't get any surprises with special characters/dingbats/bullets being changed if the font used for printing doesn't match up with the one you used on your computer. The second option appears to be necessary to ensure good alignment when it reall matters, like trying to not let text flow into a gutter area in a POD page.

I've been bitten by both problems, but otherwise have no problems using Libre's PDF generator.

SeriousScholar
05-10-2012, 01:15 PM
PDF Creator (http://en.pdfforge.org/pdfcreator) *sigh* stickeeeeeeeeeeee


I'll also recommend PDF Creator. It's a tidy little program that lets you print ANYTHING as a PDF. Get it from SourceForge.net here http://sourceforge.net/projects/pdfcreator/

Works like a champ.


I used to love, absolutely love PDF Creator. I'd still be using it today but in my work as a document formatter I quickly realized that the margins don't convert properly (not even close...an inch can often get converted into two inches of white space). I'll have to check their current version and see if I can switch back because the interface is great and it's easy to use. Nice and lightweight too.


Not that I'm awfully into defending M$, but MSOffice does have an excellent PDF conversion add-in.

LOLz @ belated mention of the Google trick

I like Word 2007's Publish As pdf and Word 2010's Save As PDF options. On the plus side, you can create bookmarks in the pdf using Styles in the Word doc. On the down side, the quality, especially for images, is not so great. You might not notice at first, but if you switch to another program with a higher resolution and then compare the two, you'll see what I mean.

I've been using deskPDF for a while and it gives a much clearer conversion. Unfortunately it is not free, and the margins are still not perfect (I really need them to be, but I think for most people this wouldn't be too much of a concern). And you can't create pdf bookmarks out of Styles (You have to create them out of Word bookmarks, which are a pain to use).

I have tried Primo, 995, Cute pdf, doc2pdf, and all others mentioned on this thread. If you need the margins to be exact and want a high quality for a decent price, I think deskPDF is a good option. If someone has a better one I'd love to hear it because I"m always looking for improvements. I have tried Adobe Professional's and to be honest the margins were off further than the cheap and even some of the free programs, but maybe they've improved over the past couple of years.

Bottom line recommendation from someone who has fiddled with many of these programs: if the margin preciseness isn't a big concern for you, I'd go for PDF Creator. It's light, easy, ad-free, gives good quality, and is freeware. Gotta love it. :)

Lycoplax
05-10-2012, 08:50 PM
I have a free program called doPDF that works well for me. It comes up as a printer option, and then when it's done 'printing', it saves a copy of the document as PDF.

SeriousScholar
05-12-2012, 12:56 PM
I have a free program called doPDF that works well for me. It comes up as a printer option, and then when it's done 'printing', it saves a copy of the document as PDF.

Nice, I haven't used that one (I don't think, although I tried so many maybe I did haha). Yeah, deskPDF also installs as a printer option. I kind of like that but i also like the freestanding programs as long as they are light, easy to use, and offer at least some basic conversion options for quality, permissions, etc., which all of the programs in this thread do to some extent. I'll have to check out doPDF again though...always looking for a better option if I can find one. Thanks!

Laer Carroll
10-12-2012, 12:14 AM
I use PDFill PDF and Image Writer Free. Download it from this link.

http://download.cnet.com/PDFill-PDF-and-Image-Writer-Free/3000-18497_4-10432936.html

I have an older version of Word which is fine for my purposes. It doesn't have a PDF creation option, so PDFill adds a PDF button to all the others. Worked just fine for all my print-on-demand books.

I also use PDFill to convert JPEG images to compact PDF files. All the POD book covers you see in my Sig were created that way.

Matera the Mad
10-25-2012, 06:50 AM
Nice item. :) I would go to the PDFill site (http://www.pdfill.com/) to download, though, rather than have to dl the Cnet downloader. Much more information, more free tools there, and -- well, I just hate sites that stick me with their proprietary downloaders :ROFL:

fiona-s
01-05-2013, 06:07 AM
Ok getting a bit more technical now, i have been asked, if sending a pdf file of a book to the printers does it need to be pdf/x or will a standard pdf with embedded fonts be ok???
any ideas

LiMeiLing
12-17-2013, 02:13 PM
I just recently learned how amazing OpenOffice.org is for converting PDF's. There is an "export to PDF" button and it will automatically convert text and URL links...no other free PDF software I know does this. And this is very handy then for creating a clickable table of contents.

Definitely check it out and if you need help learning how to use it, google it and you'll find many tutorials! I did create a short video about it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EdxHI_9Rayk

~Shelley

I second this. OpenOffice and LibreOffice are amazing for this.

SapphireGuardian
12-17-2013, 02:37 PM
If you have Word 2013, you simply can save it as PDF. If you have earlier versions, such as Word 2007, you should download an extension which will let you to save your work in PDF. Here is the link;
http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=9943