Some years back, sharing documents meant sending Microsoft Word’s .doc files through email. But, unless protected by a read-only lock, the document can be edited by anyone and the original author details can be faked. Also, Microsoft Word .doc files sometimes had large file sizes. Users also suffered from macros hidden inside the files too. — Then came .pdf files. Students, lecturers, marketers, authors, etc are now using them for their end-of-chain document users. Reading pdf file does not need any Geek knowledge or rocket science certificate, but creating them is a nightmare for many of the inhabitants of the web. Here is a quick, easy and free way to create .pdf files.
PDF (Portable Document Format) was developed in the early 1990s as a way to share documents, including text formatting and inline images, among computer users on different platforms. Originally, only Adobe Reader was able to open it; then came other free and powerful softwares like Foxit Reader and Google Chrome. PDF files can be read natively on almost all computers, tablets and on most smartphones.
Creating a PDF file is simple.
- First download doPDF from www.dopdf.com (Direct link: http://www.dopdf.com/quick-download.php). Its a free downloadable file of around 4 Mb.
- Install the software.
doPDF installs as a virtual printer. It will be automatically added to your list of printers and can be selected as defalt printer if you would using it the most.
- Then, create your document using your favorite document creator (Microsoft Office Word, Desktop Publishing Software, Frontpage..)
- Next, enter the Printing wizard of the software and choose doPDF as the printer.
- Launch the print job.
- A window will popup.
Set the filename* and location of the file and click on ‘Ok’.
*Remember the .pdf extension at the end of the file location There you go !! 🙂
Your document has now been saved in the .pdf format ready for sharing or archiving 😉