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Free PDF Creation Tool (Yawn…)

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.

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  1. 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…

  2. A gazillion free PDF printers have been out there for years. I’ve been using CutePDF Writer (, previously known as CutePDF Printer.

    Most of the free PDF converters leverage GNU Ghostscript (, 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.

  3. 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.

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