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01-24-2005, 05:46 PM
After hunting through adobe for a few hours I still can't find the answers that I'm looking for. What I need to know, is is it possible to turn 2-7 images (A4 size) into a .pdf format, and if so, how is it done, I have never worked with pdf before, and now I need to. What it is is a sheet music service, the pdf's will be downloaded as sort of ebooks. I just need to know about what it is I need, and how its done.
By the way: if you have an answer, could you pm me please? If you can help, and have an affiliate with adobe, I'd love to help you back in return by ordering it through your affiliate link, although I'm not sure even if adobe has affiliate, oh well, thanks again.
01-24-2005, 05:48 PM
If you can get a hold of Adobe Distiller, you just create your document in anything, then "Print" it to distiller. It's basically a print driver that prints to a PDF instead of to a printer.
Very simple, yet effective. There are other ways to make PDF's, but this is the easiest I know of.
01-24-2005, 06:08 PM
sounds good, so would I edit the document to become a pdf, well what would I edit it in?
01-24-2005, 10:28 PM
I can never get these documents to print in PDF?
01-25-2005, 08:49 AM
You can edit it in whatever. It seems that Word and Excel have been some of the most common. Just get your document ready to go, then print it to PDF.
StevenAllen, what version of Distiller are you using and from what application? I've seen a few problems with printing when pages go outside of the margins, but you can set up the page size to normally be whatever you like to fix that.
01-25-2005, 01:39 PM
"what version of Distiller" Where can I determine this?
01-25-2005, 02:41 PM
On the few machines we have here with it installed, I saw it when I clicked start / all programs. It was at the bottom of the list (not in a group at all). It just stated the version by Acrobat Distiller for our install. Otherwise, I'm not sure where you'd need to go. It's not really a program to run, but really just a driver.
01-25-2005, 06:07 PM
The best program I've found to print to .pdf format is called PrimoPDF and it's free. It sets up as if it's a printer. There is no spyware or adware to mess up your computer. They do ask that you register it. You can check it out here, http://www.primopdf.com/
Hope this helps.
01-25-2005, 07:24 PM
You have two options.
Either pay for a PDF converter, go to PC World there are a few avialble from about 19.99 up to about 39.99 and they will link into word and most of MS Office. Distiller is great if you can afford Acrobat because you can do it from source and edit.
The free stuff is available just look around so as Livilou says there are catches for most but if her recommendation comes without any catches go for that.
Basically most of the other stuff works by simply converting a word doc into PDF so all editting need to be done before the conversion.
Unless you have the Adobe Software that is the way to go.
OpenOffice.org also has a converter in built which may be another option.
Really come down to what you can afford and what you have.
Distiller works great, we send info out from all our docs once we are sure that they are right.(MS Word)
Tip: Remember to switch back to your default printer!!
Hopefuly clearing up the above advice which is good
01-25-2005, 08:30 PM
Whay platform are you using? PC or MAC. In OS X you just select print from inside any app. One of the options at the bottom is "Print to PDF". That's it. However, some apps like Quark don't show it, so you have to select "select printer", that will open the system printer seletion window where, the print to PDF is available.
I print to PDF from Word, excel, Fireworks, Firefox and virtually any app that has a printing capabilities.
01-25-2005, 09:46 PM
Half the time I have to turn artwork for my customers into PDF format. If you have adobe photoshop - you can simply open the image and save it as a PDF. That's the easiest way I can think of.
If you are still struggling - drop me an email - I'll do it for you - no charge - it's a 2 second thing to do :)
01-26-2005, 12:16 AM
I use click2pdf
The main reason and attraction is this:
It preserves graphics, colors, fonts, & formatting regardless of the program the file was created with.
So I put whatever I want into word and it comes out exactly as it should in pdf format.
I can't recommend this program highly enough.
Oh ya, it's only $18.95 if you can believe it!
01-26-2005, 05:19 AM
PDF creator (http://sector7g.wurzel6.de/pdfcreator/index_en.htm) is a useful tool to create a virtual printer. Open Office (http://www.openoffice.org) is a free alternative to MS Office that allows you to save straight to PDF from most MS Office formats.
01-26-2005, 05:34 AM
I use Serif PagePlus 10 (a friendly DTP program) and Serif PhotoPlus 9 (a photo image program). Either of these programs could take an image file and produce a PDF. PagePlus can also handle text files and can produce e-books in PDF format. It can also produce web pages.
See: www.serif.com (http://www.serif.com)
Both programs run on MS Windows.
They produce good, compact PDFs and allow access to several of the options, but not the full control provided by the (more expensive) Adobe programs.
At present, although you can protect the PDFs against unauthorised content extraction, unfortunately with Serif programs this also sets the option which prevents the Screen Readers used by blind people from accessing the PDF content. Also, these Serif programs do not produce "tagged PDFs."
I have also tried Open Office 1.1. This does produce valid PDFs, but at present its output file sizes are rather larger. Presumably version 2 will fix this fault?
01-26-2005, 05:57 AM
Check out PDF. Portable Document Files Make PDF, Portable Document Files and File Conversions: at:-
I belive Adobe Reader® is very expensive.
01-26-2005, 08:16 AM
If you have something that needs to be printed - Using programs to convert documents to PDF probably won't work. Mainly because of the resolution that comes out. I might be wrong here - so don't hold me to this - but most of the time when I've used such things - the printers complained about low resolution. Especially since they often ask for resolutions between 300 dpi and 600 dpi.
Your best bet is to do it through an adobe program. In my humble but and only intermediately experienced opinion :)
01-26-2005, 12:07 PM
Two quick corrections:
1. Adobe Reader (ie. Acrobat Reader) is a FREE download from www.adobe.com (http://www.adobe.com)
The latest version is version 7. This needs Windows XP etc.
Adobe only charges for programs which *write* PDFs.
Some other Adobe programs like PhotoDelux used to include PDF export features. Presumably Adobe Photoshop can export to PDFs?
2. The PDF output from the Serif programs is designed to suit commercial print shops. It provides the option to export in PDF/X formats as well as the usual Postscript etc.
The resolution depends on the options and the level of compression chosen.
Obviously for publishing on the web and viewing only on a screen you would normally choose to publish in a smaller file size with lower resolution.
Provided that the author has not set the option to prevent it, there should be no problem printing a PDF file on the PC's normal printer.
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01-26-2005, 01:14 PM
I stand corrected heheheh :)
01-26-2005, 01:14 PM
I stand corrected heheheh :)
01-26-2005, 03:10 PM
I have windows 95 and it appears that a few of these options will not work with this platform?
Since I bought Contribute by Macromedia it came with Flashpaper. Wow, it prints, it looks good, it is readable, you can do so much with it. You can even convert to pdf if that is what you want to do. I think they sell it as a standalone. So far it has been worth the money to me. I don't use pdf anymore and people usually don't have to download the flash plug-in since so many computers already have the plug-in on them anyway.
01-27-2005, 07:14 PM
It just goes to show if you look hard enough, it's out there.
Thanks all for the suggestions and thats just me not just Dogtrainer.
01-31-2005, 07:02 AM
What I need to know, is is it possible to turn 2-7 images (A4 size) into a .pdf format, and if so, how is it done
Open your images in PhotoShop, choose "Save As..." and use the PDF file option. As you're saving, a dialogue option will open and ask you how much compression you want to apply - 12 for best results (larger file size). Play around with those settings to achieve the results you want in regard to quality of print.
12-03-2008, 08:58 PM
In order to right a 3 year old wrong, thanks to all who responded to this old thread. I realise now that I did not show my appreciation, when I should have. I have since been able to convert easily documents into PDFs. It being nearly 4 years ago means I can't remember whether it was due to something I found in this thread or thanks to the mighty google. Eitherway, accept my delayed gratitude.
02-08-2009, 11:50 AM
This might seem overly simplified, but I just use Adobe Acrobat. I've never had a problem converting anything into a .pdf