Most devices have an in-built PDF writer which can convert Word and other documents to PDF using the standard print option. While this is effective, it is also somewhat limited, allowing very little customisation to the final product. It is because of these restrictions that developers have come up with a wide range of different tools capable of rendering customised PDFs. Like many similar products, PDFCreator is a virtual printer which also allows users to download or add documents to a queue that can then save all the items as individual PDFs. PDFCreator offers a range of settings that can accommodate the most basic needs to the more advanced, depending on the user’s preference and level of experience. In addition to creating PDFs, PDFCreator can also convert original Portable Document Format files into alternative formats, including image formats and text-only. PDFCreator offers a great solution to those formatting problems that can corrupt the structure of a document when sharing across different devices.
One of the biggest benefits of PDFs, alongside their inalterability, is that they can be compressed to save space on your device and to make them easier to share. PDFs can be reduced in size by simply selecting the relevant option from the menu. PDFCreator also allows users to add in-depth metadata, including keywords and subject, which makes finding relevant files easier and faster. Too many keywords can complicate the search process, but if you stick to words that describe the main content of your document, it can be a useful endeavour. While the interface for this application is not exactly a work of art, it does provide a wide range of tools and options in a simple menu window. You can rotate the page, compress a document and choose your default language without breaking a sweat. It is not a perfect piece of software, however, and does have the occasional hiccup when it comes to converting files that are particularly image heavy. Another minor inconvenience is that, on installation, some antivirus software may detect threats from the application, although the developers say this a false alert and that the application has been fully checked and is guaranteed as safe. Depending on the amount of PDF work you need to do, PDFCreator is a valuable, free tool that can make the process smoother and more efficient.