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For the most part we can agree that PDF documents come in very handy at times, they’re easy to read and content effective. However, if reading a PDF comes easy to us, shouldn’t it be just as easy to create one?

That’s where doPDF shifts into place. This free PDF converter not only rescues you from having a hole drilled into your pocket where loose change starts to seep out but it also saves you a whole lot of productivity time as well.

Here’s How to Get Started

doPDF is extremely simple to use so if you don’t have a lot of patience with 3rd party applications fear no more because you’ll have a smooth time with this software.

First you need to download this app. Once you’ve installed the application just open up a document in Microsoft Word, NotePad, WordPad or pretty much any other text editing software. I’m going to use Microsoft Word for the sake of this tutorial.

Next you have to go to File-> Print-> doPDF.

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Now you just have to click OK and a small window will pop-up asking you where you’d like to save your new PDF document, once you’ve chosen your preferred location then click OK once again.

And you’re finished, it’s as easy as that! With these few steps you’ve just created a high quality PDF document.

Before the conversion:

After the conversion:

Conclusion:

The entire process from begining to end shouldn’t take more than a few minutes to complete. It is possible that as doPDF converts a document the file can suffer from minor unusually formatted images or texts, however for the most part doPDF is pretty accurate.

At the moment there’s no option to print web pages (for example: news articles or pages off a forum) that automatically divide into separate pages, thus you’ll most likely end up with lines that divide the article or page throughout your PDF document, if you decide to print directly from the web.

Another quick issue I discovered was the size of the file doPDF creates. The size of the document can be a bit large and sometimes daunting depending on how many images a page may contain, though if you can manage to use WinZip or a free similar app to ZIP the file up, it shouldn’t be much of an issue.

Please feel free to MakeUseOf the comment box below and leave us your thoughts.  What similar apps do you use?

  1. Html to pdf
    September 25, 2009 at 9:40 am

    html2pdf is a great tool – i was looking for something like that

  2. Grant
    April 24, 2009 at 11:26 am

    I second the comment about PDFCreator. It has been a very stable, effective tool for me.

  3. Andrew
    April 2, 2009 at 2:38 pm

    I use PDFCreator - http://www.pdfforge.org/ It is opensource and has useful functions (image size, passwords etc.)

    Tried a few others and hate banners. I like this one.

  4. Claudiu
    March 30, 2009 at 2:13 am

    There's a tip here on how to reduce the size of the resulting pdf, basically the problem is that the images are not cropped before inserting them in word - http://www.dopdf.com/forum/topic/keeping-file-size-down#post-560

    • Joel Reyes
      March 30, 2009 at 12:35 pm

      Thanks Claudiu! I'm sure a lot of us could use the tip, seems as though it could resolve a lot of the image resizing issues.

  5. Brady
    March 29, 2009 at 11:37 am

    I use PDFill for everything pdf related

  6. Hezi
    March 29, 2009 at 3:59 am

    Cool app but there's seems to be an issue with adding links to the document..

    could be the bomb if it would support links.

    • Joel Reyes
      March 29, 2009 at 12:00 pm

      That's true, there is that issue of non-supporting links. Maybe in the future the creators of doPDF will bring the support of links to us...

  7. Sushamna
    March 29, 2009 at 12:52 am

    There's also PrimoPDF which I've been using for quite a while now.. I haven't experienced any issues with it so far.. works with all the applications.. just hit the Ctrl+P and choose the folder you want to save your PDF in.. and you're done!
    Try it out:
    primopdf.com/

  8. Scott
    March 28, 2009 at 8:18 am

    I've tried PrimoPDF. It has a lot of options & functions and all that, but every now & then, it would completely massacre the output (and, of course, it would always seem to happen when I needed it most).

    I've never had that problem with CutePDF. What it may lack in bells & whistles, it more than makes up for in stability & reliability.

  9. 9lives
    March 28, 2009 at 5:25 am

    Just in the sense of re-affirming what others have said, PrimoPDF rules the roost.

  10. venkat
    March 28, 2009 at 1:28 am

    The post on dopdf is already posted in Makeuseof http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/use-dopdf-to-convert-documents-to-pdf-for-free-windows-only/ an another post on same program.

  11. cidman2001
    March 28, 2009 at 12:47 am

    I like pdf24...never had a problem.

  12. Meredith
    March 27, 2009 at 10:01 pm

    Another vote here for PrimoPDF. Cyndi already said all the good stuff. :)

    • Joel Reyes
      March 29, 2009 at 11:58 am

      PrimoPDF is pretty good, I've tried it and I like it. The quality of the conversions are great. But, it wouldn't hurt to try both and choose on that you might like.. :)

  13. Cyndi
    March 27, 2009 at 7:34 pm

    PrimoPDF is THE best PDF converter, allows you to save for screen, print, ebook, prepress and custom so you can control the size and quality and password protect them and more. Converts 300-plus file types.

    • JJ Ferra
      March 27, 2009 at 10:42 pm

      I totally agree. I have tried a number of PDF converters and PrimoPDF is by far the best.

  14. Oscar Antonio Moralí Torres
    March 27, 2009 at 7:12 pm

    This seems to be a very useful app, But if you are using Word 2007 there's and add-on called 'Save as PDF' for the whole Microsoft Office 2007 suite. So, you can save all your documents (on Excel, Word and even Powerpoint)as a pdf file.

    Here's the shortened link for this add-on:

    http://tinyurl.com/y39ave

    Cheers!

    • Joel Reyes
      March 29, 2009 at 11:56 am

      Thanks for your helpful additions! I will be sure to take a look at a few of the above mentioned apps.. :)

  15. shevopato
    March 27, 2009 at 7:03 pm

    I use pdfFactory, it's more complete, fast, and the resulting pdf's are smaller.

  16. Scott
    March 27, 2009 at 6:30 pm

    I've tried a few, but always come back to CutePDF Writer (free):
    http://www.cutepdf.com/Products/CutePDF/writer.asp

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