Tuesday, May 27, 2003

Free PDF

Exactly what it sounds like: freeware (for Windows) that lets you produce PDFs.

I'm not sure if its "free as in speech" or "as in beer". However, FreePDF itself appears to be nothing more than a small tcl/tk application that ties together existing packages like Ghostscript and Redmon.

The documentation looks like it was written by someone who is really, really tired of having to help people who can't figure it out.
Make sure you have read these web pages and understand what you are trying to do. If you have, you should be able to get this version to work. If you haven't, all bets are off, and you're on your own.

That's the kind of thing that is usually taken for granted by Open Source developers. Obviously FreePDF is targeted at a slightly different audience.

Oh, and I've tried it (on WinXP) and it does work. Printouts from Mozilla and MSIE both had horrible-looking text, no matter how I fiddled with the settings; but who really cares about turning web pages into PDFs? Any kind of Office document came out beautfully.

They sell stuff, too.