Portable Document Format or PDF is the most preferred format when it comes to sharing documents. The advantage of PDF over other formats is that there are tons of applications available to open PDFs on every mobile and desktop operating system. In addition to that, you can share PDF files without losing the formatting.
One of the many things I love about Mac OS X is its ability to produce Portable Document Format (PDF) files from almost every app that supports printing.
Windows doesn’t support saving printable files as PDF files out of the box. Although in recent versions of Windows, it’s possible to save printable files as XPS, we then need to use a third-party tool to convert XPS documents to PDFs.
There are many applications out there to help you save printable files as PDF files with a few mouse clicks. But most of them don’t work as advertised and some that work aren’t free.
doPDF to produce PDF files
For users who are looking for an easy way to produce PDF files right from applications, here is an awesome tool for the job. doPDF, although sounds little odd, lets you save printable documents as PDF files from most of the applications for free!
That is, once installed, you’ll be able to save your Notepad and WordPad files as PDFs with a few mouse clicks. Likewise, you’ll be able to save a picture as PDF file right from Paint or any other photo editing software. In simple words, doPDF lets you save any printable format as PDF files.
Follow the given below instructions to produce PDF files any application running on Windows.
Step 1: Visit this page of doPDF, download the setup (it’s about 40 MB), and run the installer to complete the installation.
Step 2: To save a printable file as PDF, just open the Print dialog from any application, select doPDF under Select Printer section, and then click Print button.
For instance, while working in a Notepad, click the File menu, click Print option to open Print dialog (or simply press Ctrl+P), select doPDF, and then click Print button.
Step 3: You’ll be asked to enter a name for the file and select a location to the save the PDF file. While saving a file as PDF, you can select the quality of the PDF file. That’s it!
And if you want to convert an already produced document, launch doPDF from the Start menu or Start screen, browse to the file that you want to convert, and then click Print button.