There are many ways to create PDFs. If you have Acrobat Professional running on your machine, you have probably discovered that Acrobat's installation process installed a print driver for you. It's called Adobe PDF and can be used to create a PDF file from any application that has print capabilities. Some of you may even use this feature exclusively.
Now suppose you are away from your computer and you find yourself at someone else's machine, or you have a PC that does not have Acrobat Professional installed. You need to produce a PDF on the spot, but without your Adobe PDF print driver at hand, you're stuck... or are you?
Adobe has added another terrific service to their cloud. It's called CreatePDF and it offers some pretty amazing features. This is not Adobe's first online-PDF creation utility, but it certainly is the most flexible and capable. CreatePDF will allow you to convert many file types to PDF.
As useful as this is, it's just the tip of the iceberg. You can convert multiple documents into a single PDF file, and if you're using Windows, you can download and install a special print driver that will allow you to create a PDF file online from any application that can print. All this functionality is available for computers that do not have Acrobat Pro installed. Amazing!
Is the service free? Yes... and no. You can convert five files to PDF as a test drive, but the combining multiple files to a single PDF won't be available to you unless you subscribe to the service. The cost to use this service with unlimited conversions is only $9.99 per month. Visit https://createpdf.acrobat.com/welcome.html to give it a try or to subscribe to the service. You can access the tools from your Acrobat.com account too.
I believe the monthly fee is more than reasonable if you will be at various computers throughout your work-week, and Acrobat Pro is not always at hand. Remember, you can log in to the service from any machine with web access and a browser!
About the author: David R. Mankin is a Certified Technical Trainer, desktop publisher, computer graphic artist, and Web page developer. And if that wasn't enough, of course David is an Adobe-certified expert in Adobe Acrobat.