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Acrobat alternative PDFCreator, good/bad?
I have version XI of Adobe Acrobat on this machine. It's time to rotate this machine out of service in favor of my more powerful machine.

Due to license restrictions, I cannot move Acrobat to the other machine. And, I'll not pay Adobe their ridiculous price for Acrobat DC.

One alternative that I have found is PDFCreator. It's open source, free, AGPL licensed.

I sometimes need to merge PDFs, print to PDF or bundle JPGs into a PDF. It appears PDFCreator can do those things.

Has anyone tried it? Good? Bad?

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RE: Acrobat alternative PDFCreator, good/bad?
Since you like Acrobat and it didn't "fall off a truck", why not try transferring it over to the new computer? I found the following directions to do this:

Adobe allows you to transfer your copy of Acrobat to any computer in your business, as long as you also transfer your license and activation. If you don't have an installation CD you can download the software to the new computer, but only if you purchased Acrobat directly from Adobe. If you're using the latest version of Acrobat, you can also download and activate the trial version of Adobe using your existing license; otherwise, you won't be able to transfer Acrobat unless you can get the installation file from another source.

Step 1
Deactivate Acrobat on the old computer by launching the application and selecting "Deactivate" from the Help menu. Select "Suspend Activation" in the next window. When you suspend activation, you can no longer use Acrobat on this computer. However, you still have the option of reactivating the app if you run into problems transferring the license to the new computer. Once you have successfully transferred the license, you can come back to this screen and select "Deactivate Permanently."

Step 2
Find your serial number by logging in to the My Adobe website (link in Resources) using the same username and password you used when you first activated the software. Hover your mouse over your name at the top of the screen, and then select "My Products and Services." Click the arrow next to "Adobe Acrobat" to view the serial number.

Step 3
Download the installation file from the My Adobe website to the new computer. If you purchased Acrobat from Adobe, hover your mouse over your name and select "My Orders." Click the "Download" link next to the entry for Acrobat and then follow the download instructions. To download the trial version, click the "Download" tab at the top of the page, select "Product Trials," click the "Try" link under the Acrobat listing and then follow the prompts.

Step 4
Run the Acrobat installation program on the new computer. Enter your serial number when prompted, and then click the "Activate" button. The program will automatically communicate with the company's website to confirm the serial number, and you can begin using Acrobat on the new computer.

I hope this may help. Of course if it doesn't, you just go back to plan A and get PDFCreator.

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RE: Acrobat alternative PDFCreator, good/bad?
(06-12-2016 09:32 PM)Crimson Nape Wrote:  Since you like Acrobat and it didn't "fall off a truck", why not try transferring it over to the new computer? I found the following directions to do this:

Adobe allows you to transfer your copy of Acrobat to any computer in your business, as long as you also transfer your license and activation. If you don't have an installation CD you can download the software to the new computer, but only if you purchased Acrobat directly from Adobe. If you're using the latest version of Acrobat, you can also download and activate the trial version of Adobe using your existing license; otherwise, you won't be able to transfer Acrobat unless you can get the installation file from another source.

It came from Dell. It was purchased for less than retail price as a post delivery download. It was a bundle with Photoshop essentials and some useless video software. I do see a "deactivate" in "about."

I have no idea what the activation codes were -- seems like there was just a download link on the Dell machine.

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RE: Acrobat alternative PDFCreator, good/bad?
I have PDFCreator on my machine. About all I've ever done with it is "print to PDF", though, so I can't give you a thorough review or recommendation.
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RE: Acrobat alternative PDFCreator, good/bad?
I have Adobe Acrobat professional 9.5 and have continued to install it on newer machines. If you have version 11, it could be Reader, or some OEM version of Standard. I get a lot of use out of the program since it does OCR and forms as well as other tasks. In addition, I'm not fond of the new cloud approach that Adobe is using to subscribe for program use, rather than to own it.

I have used PDFcreator and it works okay. It takes a more modular approach, but seems to read and write PDF files competently. It actually does a better job of converting tables from Word or Excel than Acrobat Pro.

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RE: Acrobat alternative PDFCreator, good/bad?
I am even less fond of the cloud approach. Seems like Adobe and MSoft are looking for a continuous revenue stream.
(MSoft with their Office 360.)

I think I have an OEM edition of Acrobat XI supplied by Dell. I went to my Adobe account and cannot find a code for Acrobat.
And, it's not the reader version.

I read, this morning, that MSoft has bought LinkedIn. Wonderful. Will there be monthly updates and security patches? Will they push a cloud based version?

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RE: Acrobat alternative PDFCreator, good/bad?
I quit using Adobe products years ago because I cant afford to keep paying them over and over for a product that doesn't work that well.
Now I use LibreOffice. It's free and uses a standardized file format that other programs can read. If you want you can export material to PDF if you really need to.

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RE: Acrobat alternative PDFCreator, good/bad?
If I didn't have multiple licenses for Office 2007, I'd be using LibreOffice.

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RE: Acrobat alternative PDFCreator, good/bad?
I run Acrobat Pro XI on my Mac. My original (version 8 I think it was) came bundled with my Fujitsu ScanSnap document scanner. I paid for the upgrade once (around $200). One issue I found with LibreOffice there are some oddities with some of the PowerPoint transfers and it affects one of the things we do in regard to the way it handles embedded videos.

When I paid for the upgrade they charged me the wrong sales tax. Even though I have a city address, we are exempt from the city sales tax. Adobe has there billing software set by city, state instead of zip code. Tried to explain that to the rep and it made no sense. The difference was significant enough that I filed a complaint with our state tax folks and they made Adobe refund the difference.

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RE: Acrobat alternative PDFCreator, good/bad?
If not mistaken, with PDF creator you need to use PDF Architect to do merging and other enhanced features that Acrobat Pro does.
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