What do you use to create PDFs?

We have been using Adobe and we could do with an upgrade but are reluctant due to their prices. Is there anything just as good or do we bite the bullet?




  • NeilH
    NeilH Registered Posts: 553

    I use and have used Cute PDF and Primo PDF, respectively.

    These are both free downloads and basically show up like a printer - you go to print your document, choose Cute/Primo but instead of printing it will give you the option to save the document as a PDF. I preferred Primo, but after a while it stopped working and the only way to solve it was uninstall and reinstall, only for it to stop after again after a while! Primo was good in that you could append several documents into one PDF. Some text doesn't always convert well and you end up with odd symbols, but this seems to be rare. Another downside is that once converted to PDF the document is fixed, with no option to edit it other than to go back to the original document.

    Hope this helps.

  • Yazi
    Yazi Registered Posts: 225 ? ? ?
    I use Cute PDF and its ideal.
    Use it alot for letters.
  • Moominyak
    Moominyak Registered Posts: 38 ? ? ?
    I use Primo PDF and find the option to ''Append' really useful. HTH.
  • Jo Clark
    Jo Clark Registered Posts: 2,525
    I use Cute PDF. Will look into Primo PDF as the Append function sounds useful!
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    BCASL Registered Posts: 64 ? ? ?
    We use expertpdf, because it enables you to join multiple PDFs into one and not very expensive!
  • Dean
    Dean Registered Posts: 646
    Interesting, thanks!

    Presumably the Primo upgrade to Nitro Pro compares with ExpertPDF? Either way it looks like we can save a few pennies!


  • Monsoon
    Monsoon FMAAT, AAT Licensed Accountant Posts: 4,071 ? ? ?
    I use CutePDF.

    I did have Primo free for a bit, but it stopped working too.

    I have bought CutePDF Pro for about $40 and it's worth it.
  • Dcollins
    Dcollins Registered Posts: 179 ? ? ?
    I bought Cute PDF Pro too, and it is certainly worth the money. It has a lot of functions including rearranging PDF pages, deleting pages, merging PDFs, typing onto forms, creating forms, password protecting PDFs etc.

    The only problem I've had is with attaching a PDF to a tax return being filed online. For some reason HMRC wouldn't recognise it, but opening the PDF in Adobe (the free version) and saving and reattaching solved it. Not very often we need to attach PDFs though.
  • PGM
    PGM Registered Posts: 1,954
    I'm another for Cute PDF. Really handy, saving a bit on printing costs!
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