Windows PDF creation tool

runs on Windows
screenshot of PDF reDirect

Portable Document Format (PDF) files are a handy way to exchange information. Since Adobe Reader and other compatible PDF interpreters are available on a bunch of different platforms, it's easy to exchange information with others, whether they're running a Mac, a Windows machine, or a Linux box. When it comes to creating PDFs of the document you want to share, things can get interesting. On a Mac, that ability is built in. On other systems, you may be tempted to buy some high-priced solution to create those portable files, although a look at the price may lead you to believe that there must be a better way to go. And as luck would have it, there is.

PDF reDirect is a tool that lets Windows users create PDF files just as easily as printing a document. Once it's installed, this app acts like a printer: just print your document using PDF reDirect as your printer, and go merrily on your way. There are plenty of other tools that let you do this, but this app lets you do more to your documents. It has built in tools that let you optimize your PDFs so that you can get the best compromise between quality and image size. It also lets you merge files, so you can create a big PDF instead of a bunch of little ones. And you can password-protect your creation as well, so that you control who can look at it and what they can do, like maybe allowing them to view the document's contents, but not copy them.

PDF reDirect is a free download. It's a Windows application and should run just fine on systems under WinXP and later.

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