July 20, 2005 in 4 out of 5 stars, A piece of software, Free

What is it?

PrimoPDF: A free PDF converter. Turn anything you can print, into a PDF.


Who makes it?


Why is it the killerest?

Turns anything you can print, into a PDF. Word documents, web pages, photos, spreadsheets, younameit. And it's free. No need to cough up $450 for Adobe Acrobat, when you can use this for free. It does what most of us would do with Acrobat anyway.

Phil Gerbyshak also sends along word of another free one called pdf995 if you have trouble with PrimoPDF.

What could be improved?

While it's free, they try to force you to register after 45-ish days.  Update:  Tim Sullivan of ActivePDF lets us know that in version 2.0 of PrimoPDF it no longer asks for registration. Nice move guys, and this means I've got no improvements to suggest.

How much does it cost?

Free like Michael Jackson


Reviewed by Carson McComas

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FYI - Version 2.0 of PrimoPDF eliminates the registration screen and is now completely "pop-up free".

Tim Sullivan
activePDF, Inc.

Posted by: Tim Sullivan | Jul 21, 2005 8:56:33 AM

Thanks Tim!

Posted by: Carson McComas | Sep 23, 2005 7:53:42 AM

Great tool. I've been using PDFcreator for a couple years now, it's an open source project (at ). It works on the same principle as PrimoPDF - it installs a printer called "PDFcreator". When printing to that printer, it will generate a save dialog with compression options and more. However, it is fully open source, so advanced users can make changes and submit them back for others to enjoy. Gotta love it!

Posted by: dan lundmark | Sep 26, 2005 2:10:15 AM

Cool info, thanks for the pointer Dan.

Posted by: Carson McComas | Sep 26, 2005 6:57:57 AM

cutepdf is also another very useful little free tool. Found at

Posted by: fred | Nov 2, 2005 9:57:57 PM