Great Alternatives to Adobe PDF

In the past, if you didn’t own a business with funding to purchase an expensive PDF creator, like Adobe, you were forced to pay someone to do it for you, and it wasn’t cheap. Creating a PDF wasn’t only expensive, it was also labor intensive. Of course, there were tutorials and courses promising to teach you the basics of PDF creation, but anything more than plain text usually wasn’t included in the PDF program. Thankfully, there are now many options for turning any document into a PDF file and adding layers of encryption, images, and more. Here are 5 free PDF creators you might like to try for your next project.


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Icecream Apps PDF Converter

Icecream Apps PDF converter, which you can download here, makes converting between PDF and other files easy and seamless. This free software allows you to convert other file formats, such as BMP, DOC, EPS, EPUB, and JPG. There are no page or file parameter limits and password protection is a supported feature. Additionally, if you just need to read a file in a format not supported by a program on your computer, PDF converter allows you to view it without converting it to another format. The most recent free download is supported by Windows 8 and gets a high rating for speed and performance.

PDF Factory Pro

PDF Factory Pro is perfect for new users of PDF files and non-experts. Anyone can easily create PDF documents and then publish them to websites using Factory Pro. Create your file in nearly any program available and use Factory to convert them into an electronic version, printed format for usage in emails, web pages, archives, and printer ready applications. Additionally, this program will even convert files containing multiple documents or material from multiple sources and make them printer ready and easily read by any other reading program. There is no need to test prints as PDF Factory leaves your finished files professional looking and ready to go. This product has a free trial download and after that is just $99.

Try Primo by Nitro Pro

Collaborate, create PDF files, review and edit forms, add text to PDF or other files, QuickSign documents and convert almost any file type or batch of files into, or from, a PDF. Primo makes it easy to import and export documents and spreadsheets to and from PDF formats. It’s so simple to use and re-purpose files, it’s no wonder it is loved by many. Primo has a 5-star rating from CNET and is promoted by Computerworld. Try it for free, and buy if you like it.

Soda PDF 7

It is kind of a catchy name, maybe that’s why Soda PDF creator version 7 is so popular. Soda is usable across multiple devices and creates stunning PDF documents with visual displays such as images. This creator also comes with Dropbox and OneDrive capabilities to seamlessly integrate your devices. While the personal version is free, the paid for business license is worth the small price as it allows users to network projects seamlessly from OneDrive and Dropbox, easily connecting an entire virtual world of PDF documents. Soda PDF 7 also contains a 256-bit secure online integration to secure documents and provides additional backup security for your files. Plus, it is backed by Microsoft, so you know its is compatible with the latest updates and Microsoft software.


Such a simple name for a simple down to earth product. PDFcreator helps you create professional PDFs for free. It also comes packed with other professional features; such as the ability to merge documents, sign documents, send emails, and convert excel or word documents. PDFCreator also comes preloaded with a COM interface that allows you to integrate the software into other document and file software you already own. This makes creation and reformatting seamless and easy. This program also allows you to integrate into your server and easily share and collaborate on the creation of PDFs, sign digital copies, encrypt and protect them from digital copies, print, prevent document modification, and control parts of the files within the document. PDFcreator is windows compatible too.

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