What’s the best free PDF creator?

julien croy March 18, 2013

Im looking for a high quality pdf creator. Im looking for something topgrade that you can get for free. Something like the GIMP but for PDFs. If you do recommend a program that you have to pay for feel free to list it. Thanks

  1. Brandon
    August 12, 2013 at 10:40 am

    Just use PDF Burger to create a PDF from Word/Excel files - http://pdfburger.com

  2. -_-
    June 4, 2013 at 9:20 am

    I, too, was looking for a PDF writer without having to purchase the pricey full version of Adobe Acrobat and these are what I've tried and recommend:

    Bullzip PDF Writer is a powerful and feature-rich PDF maker, including the ability to change the quality of your PDF output, password-protect your PDF and add watermarks to the PDF document. It's also totally free with no ads or third party toolbar installation.

    PDFCreator is also good, but sometimes doesn't render the page properly which would result in error messages.

    CutePDF is the simplest and smallest of all PDF writers out there. It used to be my de facto PDF writer before using Bullzip because it's small and just creates a decent quality PDF document. But that all it is, a virtual PDF writer.

  3. Cindy Young
    March 20, 2013 at 10:10 am

    Wondershare PDF Editor
    free Online pdf editor - PDFescape
    I used them, they are very well and professional.

    microsoft word can save word as PDF as well. or use word to pdf converter.

    Three ways to free create PDF files

  4. Lisa Santika Onggrid
    March 19, 2013 at 1:11 pm

    I like NitroPDF. It's a nice, easy to use software if all you need is converting into PDF. If you need editor, Nitro also has one, though it isn't free.

    • ha14
      March 19, 2013 at 9:34 pm

      well said NitroPDF:)

  5. Manide
    March 18, 2013 at 8:32 pm

    Give a try to PDF-XChange Lite which is free for non commercial use - http://www.tracker-software.com/product/pdf-xchange-lite; just in case you don't want to use LibreOffice for instance - requires more space compared to any of PDF creator above mentioned.
    Regarding to shareware, Nitro Pro - http://www.nitropdf.com/pro/tour.

  6. Dave Bakker
    March 18, 2013 at 2:59 pm

    I use Cute PDF. It is set as a printer so you just print to Cute PDF and have a nice PDF file. Works from any program. Very handy, I also can open a large PDF and print a smaller range to cute PDF. http://www.cutepdf.com/

    Hope this helps

  7. Alan Wade
    March 18, 2013 at 2:36 pm

    PrimoPDF is listed as the 'worlds most popular' PDF creator boasting that 'With just one click, turn virtually any kind of file into a 100% industry-standard PDF'.
    Got to be worth a look:

  8. justinpot
    March 18, 2013 at 2:05 pm

    I'm assuming you're looking for desktop publishing software. If you're basically wanting an open source alternative to InDesign – largely considered the industry standard for designing books, magazines and other printed materials – you might want to look into Scribus.


    If not using Word can also work, but this is going to give you more control

    • Oron Joffe
      March 19, 2013 at 10:15 am

      I don't think there was anything in the question about desktop publishing! He was just asking about a free PDF creator.

  9. Joel Thomas
    March 18, 2013 at 1:37 pm

    Microsoft Word can let you save files in pdf but if you want a pdf specific software try

  10. ha14
    March 18, 2013 at 10:19 am
  11. Nitesh Badala
    March 18, 2013 at 10:02 am

    adobe acrobat reader

    • -_-
      June 4, 2013 at 9:23 am

      Acrobat Reader is just that, a PDF reader, not a writer.

  12. Avinash Mali
    March 18, 2013 at 9:32 am

    LibreOffice 4 !

  13. jrasulev
    March 18, 2013 at 9:18 am

    There are several option:
    - You can use MS Office 2010/2013
    - Or Libre/ Open office
    - Nitro PDF

  14. Prashant Mirjankar
    March 18, 2013 at 8:54 am

    Nitro PDF

  15. Chinmay Sarupria
    March 18, 2013 at 6:53 am

    PDF24 PDF Creator
    It create PDF files from almost any Windows application, re-order pages, merge, split, and password-protect your existing PDF files.

  16. susendeep dutta
    March 18, 2013 at 6:44 am

    While installing PDFCreater,be careful of additional toolbars and bloatwares.

    CutePDF is also good -


  17. EL
    March 18, 2013 at 6:13 am

    You can also try the free program Inkskape

  18. EL
    March 18, 2013 at 6:12 am

    I use word, and export to PDF.
    Does GIMP not let you export to PDF? I know adobe photoshop has that capability, maybe GIMP does as well.

  19. Junil Maharjan
    March 18, 2013 at 6:02 am

    if you are looking to convert doc files then the newer versions of ms word has a built in pdf creator. i use primo pdf as well which is free and a great way to create pdf of different types of files either by dropping the file to the icon of the software or by printing into the software.

  20. Tyagadipta Biswal
    March 18, 2013 at 4:24 am

    I agree, I use Microsoft Word 2013, which i purchased a few days ago. Its PDF creator is impressive as it retains all your quality and embeds your fonts :)

    • Anish P
      March 18, 2013 at 7:17 pm

      I think Word 2010/11 as well as 2007/08 also have the ability of saving documents as PDFs in case people were confused that this option is only available on Word 2013.

  21. Oron Joffe
    March 18, 2013 at 2:34 am

    Personally, I like the PDFill suite best, as it includes a whole set of tools, but PDF Creator is also excellent. Both are free.

  22. Anish P
    March 18, 2013 at 2:28 am

    Microsoft Word actually allows you to save your documents into PDF format.
    Or, if you don't have a copy of MS Word, you could use PDFCreator - http://www.pdfforge.org/pdfcreator

    • Amit S
      March 18, 2013 at 4:31 pm

      I am using this software for the last three years,

    • Robert Badger
      March 18, 2013 at 7:03 pm

      My recomendation is CutePDF from http://www.cutepdf.com. It is free and easy to use.

    • -_-
      June 4, 2013 at 9:41 am

      Sure, you can save a Word document to PDF, but what about the ability to save a web page to PDF? For example, if you purchased something online and needed to save a virtual copy of your order or receipt, can you access Word to do that? No! And saving it as an XPS file has limitations, not to mention the hassle of converting it to PDF. It's far better and more convenient to just install a PDF writer like Bullzip or CutePDF. That way, not only can your browser save a copy of almost any web page as a PDF document, but any other application with printing ability can also benefit because a PDF writer is a virtual printer.

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