pdfMachine is a $49 PC app for generating PDF files:

Our pdf writer pdfMachine converts a print stream from an application directly into a PDF. Once you have installed the pdf writer, open your document that you want to convert, then click “print”, select the “Broadgun pdfMachine printer” and that’s it!

A free, Lite version, PDFMachine White (rather odd choices of names) offers basic functionality.


Except that this functionality has been a basic built-in part of Mac OSX since it was released- all print dialog boxes for any document have an option to save as PDF. I use it for 99% of my PDF creation.

The post "Free PDF Creation Tool (Yawn…)" was originally zapped with 10,000 volts and declared "It's ALIVE" by Dr. Frankenstein at CogDogBlog (http://cogdogblog.com/2004/07/free-pdf/) on July 10, 2004.


  • Yeah… And on MacOS < 10, there is the free PDFWriter that does exactly what this thing claims. Installs a new printer (even supports Desktop Printing), where you can PDFerate any document (even Finder windows…)

    Oh, and why “Broadgun” – seems like an odd name…

  • A gazillion free PDF printers have been out there for years. I’ve been using CutePDF Writer (http://www.acrosoftware.com/Products/CutePDF/writer.asp), previously known as CutePDF Printer.

    Most of the free PDF converters leverage GNU Ghostscript (http://www.gnu.org/software/ghostscript/ghostscript.html), the cross-platform, open source postscript-to-PDF converter. Ghostscript was originally released back in ’96, although I’m not sure when the Windows and Mac versions were released.

  • Alan Levine

    Yup. A few months back I used a quirky OSX one called “StrangeLove” that provided a drag and rop interface to smack a Word file into PDF without having to launch Word.

    Sure there have been inroads for a while, i will give you that Greg, but how many average computer users are going to go through the contortions for this?

    I was just making an offhand smack at buying some add-on software that requires some gumption to get on your PC rather than having it easily woven into the OS.