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    Re: Free PDF Writer / Converter

    That happens with quite a few MSIs. Doesn't really matter. You need a reboot most times for a software installtion policy to apply correctly anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by webman View Post
    Yes, if you get the MSI version, you get the option during setup whether to install it as a server.
    I'm having problems finding an MSI version of PDFcreator. Am I being thick?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kearton View Post
    I'm having problems finding an MSI version of PDFcreator
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    Does anyone know where I could find one please?
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    Not an msi but we are using dopdf.

    Its small, free, no adverts and just creates PDF's.

    There are no options to configure and the pdf's are not the smallest but it gets the job done and is ideal for the less ICT able student.

    see PDF Converter - Convert to PDF free with doPDF

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    If your using Microsoft Office 2007, there is a free Save as PDF plugin available from MS.

    Download details: 2007 Microsoft Office Add-in: Microsoft Save as PDF

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    Unfortunately I *need* an MSI version, and we only have Office 2003 so the 2007 plugin won't work for us either.

    *pout*

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    PrimoPDF is pretty painless and is I think it's an MSI wrapped in an EXE, so you can grab it to deploy.

    Alternatively I use PDFCreator on a print server, and configure it to dump the resulting PDF into the user's home directory with the current date and time on it. Makes it even more foolproof, and no client installation neccessary.
    Last edited by powdarrmonkey; 9th April 2009 at 11:17 AM.

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    Another vote for PDFCreator. As it works as a printer driver, it can convert anything that be printed. The resulting pdf file size is smaller than OOo too. I also like the way you can send several files to it, and it can sort them and combine them into one pdf document.

    OpenOffice is good, but I only use it for converting native OOo docs, as there's often issues with opening MS Office docs in OOo - some fancy formatting features don't come through right.

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    If you are using Office 2007 the free save to PDF add on is great:
    Download details: 2007 Microsoft Office Add-in: Microsoft Save as PDF or XPS

    Should be easy to deploy to by extracting the MSI from the installer with the /extract switch and just deploying the MSI via group policy.

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    Yes its free. PrimoPDF. you can download it by clicking the following link
    PDF Converter , Free PDF Creator PrimoPDF
    Last edited by lionsl2005; 11th April 2009 at 10:25 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SYNACK View Post
    If you are using Office 2007 the free save to PDF add on is great:
    Download details: 2007 Microsoft Office Add-in: Microsoft Save as PDF or XPS

    Should be easy to deploy to by extracting the MSI from the installer with the /extract switch and just deploying the MSI via group policy.
    You can do this as I have done so. You do need Off2K7 though!

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