Technology Tip: Tool to Create Free PDF Documents

by Debbie Gilster

in Tools

Technology Tip

Need to create occasional sales flyers or price lists in a graphics software and then email the files to your distributors? Need to make the file small enough to send through email due to all of the pictures? Really don’t want your distributors to be able to easily edit the file?

An easy solution is to save the file as a PDF type file. If all you need to do is create an occasional PDF file, then you probably don’t need to purchase the Adobe software to perform this task. (You probably have the free Adobe reader to view files but can’t create them.)

If your computer or office suite software doesn’t already have something, we suggest using PDF995, available for free at It installs a print driver so when you want a PDF-type file, you print to the PDF995 printer and the file is saved in a PDF format ready for you to attach to an email and send.

For $9.95 you can purchase the software so you don’t see the advertising banner – for many occasional users this is no problem. Some other free PDF tools place a footer in your document listing the name of the product until you purchase the software. PDF995 doesn’t do this.

I’m sure there are others out there but this product works!

(This was originally posted in 2005 but I can still recommend the tool today.)

Creative Commons Licensephoto credit: Kirsty Andrews
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