Create a PDF file with PrimoPDF

Posted on December 11, 2007. Filed under: Adobe Acrobat, File conversion, Files, Freeware/Shareware | Tags: , , , , , , |

Creating a PDF file without Adobe Acrobat is possible, and for free.

PrimoPDF freeware PDF creation software (according to the website) features:

  • Completely free, not just a trial version, and no user registration is required.
  • Ability to optimize PDF output for screen (online viewing), print (standard laser printers), ebook, and prepress.
  • Resultant PDF output conforms to the PDF 1.4 specification.
  • Secure PDF files with 40- or 128-bit encryption.
  • Add document information (e.g. title, author, subject, keywords) to converted PDF files.
  • NEW: Full support for 64-bit machines.
  • NEW: Double byte character support.
  • NEW: Support of non-TrueType fonts.
  • NEW: Enhanced support for Microsoft Windows 98, ME, XP and Vista as well as improved PDF viewing support on non-Windows platforms.
  • NEW: Ability to merge/append PDF files upon conversion.

There is a user forum and a manual available, too.  Not tested, so use at your own risk, but check the user forum for feedback from actual users.

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Irfanview — odd name, but useful for viewing

Posted on December 10, 2007. Filed under: Everything, File conversion, Files, Freeware/Shareware, Graphics, viewers | Tags: , , , , , , , |

Irfanview is a freeware graphics viewer that can also convert graphics from one format to another.

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Zamzar goes for the conversion

Posted on December 10, 2007. Filed under: compatibility, File conversion, Files, Graphics, MP3, Music, presentation, Sound, Techniques, Video, YouTube | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Zamzar will convert a number of formats to other formats, for free, and email you a link to the new format’s file.

Zamzar does documents, images (graphics), music (audio/sound), video, and compressed formats — far too many to list. Check the list for all the current files.

While you do have to wait for the email to get the link to your converted file, it’s free and will convert things like Real Player files to mp3, and Windows .wma to mp3, and so on.

It will also convert YouTube videos to formats that work in PowerPoint.

Recommended by Tech Support Alert newsletter.

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Office 2007 converters

Posted on November 6, 2007. Filed under: Everything, File conversion, Freeware/Shareware, Microsoft Office 2007, Microsoft Office Suite | Tags: , , , , , , |

A converter for 2007 to 2003 is here. Use at your own risk — this has not been tested by Library staff. This site seems to be very slow to load.

NW DocX Converter will convert Word 2007 and OpenOffice swx and odt files to RTF format. Be warned — this will lose a lot of your Office formatting, so expect to only keep the actual text, and not the way it looks on the page. Use at your own risk — this has not been tested.

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Microsoft Office 2007 for older versions of Office

Posted on November 6, 2007. Filed under: Everything, File conversion, Files, Microsoft Office 2007, Microsoft Office Suite | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Office 2007 Formats

Office 2007 uses a new format for Word (.docx), Excel (.xlsx) and PowerPoint (.pptx) files. In order to use these with older versions of MS Office, you will need a “compatibility pack” from Microsoft which works with Office 2000, 2002 (XP), and 2003.

If you don’t want to do that, you must remember to save as an older version format, such as “97-2003”, so your older version can still read it. Office 2007, of course, can still read older formats, but older versions of Office can’t read the newer formats without help.

The following instructions only work if you already have a licensed older version of Microsoft Office.

The Microsoft Knowledge Base article for this is 924074. Remember that Microsoft may change the location of these files, or the wording, but they should have them somewhere on their site.

  1. FIRST download the 2003 viewers for Word, Excel and PowerPoint, and install them. Several versions may be offered, but you want the 2003 viewers.
  2. Then install the Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint 2007 File Formats for older Office software (2000, 2002, 2003).

REMEMBER: Office versions older than 2007 currently used on campus cannot read the new formats, so save in an older format if you want to be able to read it without Office 2007.
Be sure to get the free 2003 viewers and install them FIRST before the compatibility pack! They are essential for the compatibility pack to function.

This is NOT for use with other programs such as OpenOffice, WordPerfect, or other software.

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PDF conversion to and from

Posted on November 3, 2007. Filed under: Adobe Acrobat, Everything, File conversion, PDF | Tags: , , , , |

PDF Online (http://www.pdfonline.com/ ) converts files to and from PDF for a number of formats. Recommended by Clif Notes Newsletter.

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