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Use “Create Adobe PDF Online” to save as PDF — and view with (hopefully) any PDF reader…

9 Oct 2008 | | One Comment

If you’re a road-warrior, jet-setting about town, and you often leave your PDF creator at home — never fear, Adobe have a service called “Create Adobe PDF Online” you can use, as they say, to “Convert Documents Over the Web”.

Suitable for use on the desktop and at an Internet Cafe — for $9.99 USD per month (or $99 for 12), you can create as many “Adobe PDF files” (as Adobe now officially brand their own variant) as you like, including tagged PDF.

This is one of the features that you won’t find in many other online converters such as PrimoPDF Online – or in free downloadable document to PDF writers like PDF995 (and even many that you pay for too).

Side note: In case you’re not in the know — tagged PDF files make it much easier for people using assistive technology such as a screen reader.

As well as the basics, like your Word to PDF conversions (view the rest of the supported file types here), Create Adobe PDF Online can also create hybrid PDF files from scanned pages using OCR technology. This gives your document the appearance of the paper-based original, but with the advantage of text stored behind-the-scenes which can be used for searching, copying and pasting.

For Windows users, you can setup a virtual PDF desktop printer which allows you to use the service just as you would a normal PDF creator. This is quite a well-thought out usability addition as it would become a little tedious having to upload every document that you wanted to convert to the web.

If you want to try-before-you-buy, there’s a trial running which allows you to convert up to 5 documents free of charge, not exactly what you’d call benevolent – but at least you can see a little of what you’d be getting.

All things considered, with an unlimited number of conversions, accessible PDF, OCR technology and official “Adobe PDF” almost guaranteed to work with any PDF reader — this may well be all you’d need — at least for your average business user with just a moderate need for decent pdf creation.

Of course, as is often the case, if you’re not in Canada or the US — then tough luck buddy!

oh, p.s. as an aside — whilst it’s downloadable, but not for use online, Microsoft’s free “2007 Office Add-in: Microsoft Save As PDF” does also create tagged PDF, as well as PDF/A compliant files (which are suitable for long-term archival).

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  • Oliver Adam said:

    Does the feature »Add Adobe PDF creation as a desktop printer« work with Windows Vista or 7?

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