PDF is the most popular paperless document format on the net. Businesses, schools, and governments love the PDF format because it allows them to create a document that can be protected from editing and email it or post it to a web site for public consumption. Adobe Acrobat is the top dog of PDF editors. But what if you don’t need to edit a PDF? What if you only want to create a PDF, not edit one? I, for one, do not need to edit any PDFs, but I like to have my most important documents such as tax or bank information in PDFs and store them in my online cloud storage for safe keeping :)

I have used a great deal of different free PDF creators and all of them do the exact same thing. You install the software on your computer, then you simply ‘print’ a document, select the “PDF Writer” in the printer list, then choose where to save the document. There isn’t anything more to it. Easy peasy. Here is a list of some of the PDF writers out there:

is one of the options and is a good choice. You can create a PDF out of any document that you can print. Also, there is a small app included with PrimoPDF

is the free PDF writer that I have had the most experience with. It doesn’t have an app that will auto-convert files to PDF for you. It is simply the ‘print-to-PDF’ printer. The reason why I have used this one the most is that it simply worksCutePDF Writer

One of the problems that I have while working at certain places is that the business has strict allowances of what is allowed to be installed on their computers and I cannot install a PDF converter or PDF writer. So what do I do? http://www.freepdfconvert.com/

Finally, for those of you that have Office 2007, Microsoft offers a that will print to PDF or XPS. The file download is . This plug-in is for Office 2007 ONLYhere