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Old 5th August 2005, 06:49 PM   #1
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Hey Guys,

If you ever need to make PDF files (to share designs, etc.) use a program called CutePDF.


Having tried both Adobe Acrobat, and CutePDF I can tell you that CutePDF is way better, and its much, much cheaper. It's so great that I thought I'd come online and share with all of you how great it is. So stop pirating illegal copies of Acrobat because it sucks anyway. Try out CutePDF and buy it if you like it.

So there ya go, everyone can share PCB Layouts easily now

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Old 5th August 2005, 08:32 PM   #2
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Or, for even less money (although possibly not as user friendly), try
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Old 6th August 2005, 08:08 AM   #3
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Or you could just use a Mac, printing to PDF is a standard feature of the OS.
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Old 6th August 2005, 11:13 AM   #4
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I think Open Office, which is free, can do PDF.
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Old 6th August 2005, 11:52 AM   #5
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I highly recommend PDF-Xchange from http://www.docu-track.com/home/prod_user/

It installs a "virtual" printer and the output is a pdf document. So you can use any app that has printing support to create pdf's.

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Old 6th August 2005, 12:45 PM   #6
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I use CutePDF freeware version,
Just search "CutePDF Writer" on the net and download and install program. Is's Free!
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Old 6th August 2005, 03:38 PM   #7
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If you use Windows, you can also try PDF Creator
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does cutepdf support all the features of the pdf format or is it cutdown version?
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Old 9th August 2005, 02:39 AM   #9
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Another idea: if you don't mind learning LaTeX, you can make killer docs with it - and render them as Postscript as well as PDF.

I now use LaTeX for everything, and I love it.
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Old 9th August 2005, 03:00 AM   #10
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Originally posted by mastertech
does cutepdf support all the features of the pdf format or is it cutdown version?
It prints everything I have ever tried. It does a better job with autocad fonts than Acrobat 6. It makes smaller files than Acrobat 6. It is really nice but with teh free version you can't edit what you have plotted, so if it comes out rotated 90 degrees, that is just tough

As an aside, I now eschew the increasingly bloated Acrobat Reader and use GSView for everything except certain documents containing math fonts.....GsView and Ghostscript load faster and don't cause all the freaking lockups that acrobat reader does
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