MS Office 2003 - Add-on to save as PDF?

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  1. Hahutzy

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    Hey guys, so as you all know, MS Office 2007 can save documents (doc, xls, etc.) as PDF.

    However, I'm using MS Office 2003, which does not have that function natively.

    Right now I have an add-on called CIB PDF Brewer, which adds a "Save as PDF" button in Word and Excel.

    The only downside to it is that when I use foreign fonts, such as ones that I got from Photoshop, this PDF Brewer does not import the fonts to the pdf (unless you pay for the pro edition, no thanks).

    Does anyone know of a free program that adds a "Save as PDF" button to MS Word/Excel 2003 which imports all fonts and layouts to the pdf?

    Thanks.
     
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    Greg Super Moderator Super Moderator

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    Foxit PDF Creator, or CutePDF. Foxit has a free license download, so it is free as long as they feel like making it free. CutePDF...100% free forever. Both emulate a printer, so you won't have that problem with using particular fonts or anything.
     
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    I'm using Foxit as a Acrobat alternative already, is there a way to make it add a "Save as PDF" button in Word and Excel?
     
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    Microsoft Office 2003 should have a pre-installed PDF creator already. It's called Microsoft Office Document Imaging or MODI for short. It creates PDF-esque files in the .MDI file extension. More information below:

    http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/help/HP010771031033.aspx

    Try navigating to the following:

    Start -> My Computer -> C:\ -> Program Files -> Common Files -> Microsoft Shared -> MODI -> 12.0 -> MSPVIEW
     
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    If you install the PDF printer driver from Cute or what ever, you just need to hit print -> choose print to PDF or PDF Printer. Pretty much the same function as save to pdf button.
     
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    Foxit PDF Reader is not the same as Foxit PDF Creator.
     
  7. Hahutzy

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    Is it possible to make a button to directly make CutePDF convert the doc to a pdf?

    I know it's only a few click's difference, but the current set up require changing the printer from my actual printer to CutePDF; my parents will definitely get confused by it someday.
     
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    I've been using PrimoPDF for a while now and it does what you want. It shows up in the printers list when you select "Print" in any application. I've had no problems at all with it, and it is free.
     
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    Just out of curiosity, why not just upgrade to Office 2007 and save yourself the hassle of find a suitable replacement for a pdf printer? Its pretty darn cheap to buy these days, seeing how Office 2010 will be out in the following months.
     
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    When in Word and you select File>Print then select the printer to print to (in this case CutePDF) the printer selected doesn't stick for future print operations, only for that current document until you close it. When you open that document or any document again your default printer is selected as the print destination.

    I can't answer your original question as how to make a button for it.
     
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