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SFGate/San Francisco Chronicle - April 19, 2010
Computing Q&A by David Einstein
Q: I recently purchased a new computer, which didn't come with a program for creating .pdf files. I searched Google and Cnet for .pdf creation software, but the programs I found were compatible with Windows XP and Vista, not Windows 7. Is there a free .pdf creator for Windows 7?
A: In fact, there are several. And by the way, most programs designed for XP and Vista also work on Windows 7. The longtime leader in pdf-ing is Pdf995, which can convert any document into a .pdf faster than Houdini turned a handkerchief into a songbird. The free version of Pdf995 displays a sponsor page each time you use the software. For a fee of $9.95, you can eliminate that nuisance. You can get Pdf995 at pdf995.com.
SFGate/San Francisco Chronicle - January 19, 2009
Computing Q&A by David Einstein
Q: I need to convert one- to three-page Microsoft Word files into .pdf files, but I can't afford the full version of Adobe Acrobat. Is there another program that would let me do it inexpensively (or better yet, for free)?
A: Free is good, so let's stick with that. If you go to pdf995.com, you can download Pdf995, a venerable and well-respected piece of software that can take any document file and turn it into a .pdf. With the free version of Pdf995, you'll have to suffer through onscreen advertisements. However, for a wee fee of $9.95, you can do away with the ads.
PC World - March 12, 2008
Free and Cheap Software That Outdoes the Big Guys
by Ron White
Don't be fooled by the new Acrobat Reader that Adobe pushes at you every chance they get. Sure, it's free for the download. But its also passive software, letting you only peruse Postscript Document File (PDF) publications that have been created with a higher species of Acrobat. If you want to extract pages from the PDF, add pages, stamp it with "Approved" or "Burn After Reading," do any sort of editing, or if you want to create your own PDF documents, first you'll have to shell out $95 to $450 for some other version of Acrobat capable of creating PDFs.
Or get Pdf995 Suite. It's not exactly free. It depends on how much value you put in being made to look at a nagging ad for Pdf955 and other software produced by the same software company. In return, you get the ability to create standard PDF documents by sending the originals documents to a virtual printer. The virtual machine produces the PDF file as the document would look if it had come out of a real printer. The setup lets you produce PDFs from any software that can print hard copy. Another module, PdfEdit995, lets you combine separate documents in one PDF, insert comments and bookmarks, rubber stamps, convert from PDG to HTML, or, for just the text, to a Word .doc. Another module, Signature995, encrypts PDFs and adds digital signatures.
Despite such a panoply of PDF pleasures, it's conceivable you may get weary of watching the same ads each time you use the programs. Then banish all the ads by buying a couple of the modules that make up the suite. Each is $9.95. Or, for 20 dollars more you can buy every program in the company's arsenal, including such worthy utilities as OmniFormat, which lets you convert among 75 file formats, Photoedit 995, which provides the usual necessary touch-up tools, BackItUp995, Zip995 , and Ftp995, which do exactly what you'd think they would, and a half dozen others. The complete package is $29.95.
PC Magazine - April 11, 2006
Incredibly Useful Utilities
PC Magazine's editorial staff gives Pdf995 a 4 Star rating in its annual review of Incredibly Useful Utilities.
PDFzone - June 21, 2005
excerpted from "Bringing PDF Creation to the Masses for $9.95 a Pop"
By Elizabeth Millard
Like many companies that have documents zipping between desktops and out the virtual door through e-mail, Georgia-based Manley Spangler Smith Architects developed a fondness for PDFs.
But with increasing affection came a downside as well. As a small firm on a strict budget, the company was feeling increasingly uncomfortable about the licensing fees for adding users. According to IT Manager J. Mayes Howard, it seemed like overkill to spend $350 per person when employees were only using Adobe Acrobat to make simple PDFs.
After shopping around, Howard decided to try out Pdf995, a stripped-down document publishing application that was true to its name: It creates PDFs and does it for $9.95 per user. Its main advantage is in its ease of use, allowing anyone to create PDF files simply by selecting the "print" command from any application.
Manley Spangler Smith took its time deciding what software to buy. Howard noted that the firm tested Pdf995 for over a year using the free download and got used to the small pop-up window that often appeared promoting the company, a frequent tactic used by companies looking to woo users into switching from free to paid subscriptions.
After the testing period, the firm bought 25 licenses, and with volume discounting, the price dropped to $8 per user. There haven't been any glitches in terms of interoperability with other applications, and it plays well with Acrobat, Howard noted.
"Sometimes you don't want to play around with what's in a PDF, you just want to send a document to a client that they can't alter," noted Howard. "In that case, something like Pdf995 is a very good option, in my opinion."
Making PDF Documents on a Budget
By Stephen Weber
Recently I tested five free PDF converters, and the easiest to install and use was PDF995, which allows creation of PDF files with advanced features. Ebook publishers can also benefit from three features not available to Acrobat users: automated security, text summarization, and PDF to HTML conversion. Kudos for a great product.
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PC World - January 2003
Scott Dunn, contributing editor for PC World.
Adobe Systems' Acrobat Portable Document Format
is great for creating documents that look the same on Windows, Mac
OS, Unix, and most other computer platforms. You can open any PDF
with the free Acrobat Reader program, but making a PDF requires
the full $249 version of Acrobat 5. Or it did until Pdf995 came
along. This free software lets you turn any document into a basic
PDF just by printing to the special Pdf995 printer driver that the
program installs. Pdf995 lacks the fancy features of Acrobat, and
it may not reproduce complex documents with complete accuracy, but
you still get a lot of bang for no bucks. (You can create five free
PDF files at Adobe's Create PDF Web site, but file size and processing
time are limited.) To make simple changes to a PDF, or to add digital
signatures, check out PdfEdit995 and Signature995, both of which
are also free. For $10 per app, or $20 for all three, you can nix
the advertising that accompanies the free versions. Go to Pdf995.com
to download the programs.
Financial Times - Feb 18, 2003
INSIDE TRACK: Designs for distribution (excerpt)
By Paul Taylor
Among the free programs, PDF995 is my favourite.
It is a fast, affordable way to create professional-quality documents
in PDF format. It is also one of the few free programs that can
be used to create PDF files from any application by simply selecting
the print command - some other free programs only work with specific
file types, for example Microsoft Word files or basic text files.
Using PDF995, you can also preview documents, combine files, change
page orientation, add "confidential" stamps to PDF files, adjust
image resolution, summarise documents and create batch print jobs
from Microsoft Office applications.