1. You may have noticed things look a little different around here - we've switched to a new platform (XenForo) and have some new forum styles and features. This how-to guide will help you find your way around. If you find anything that looks strange, post it in this thread.

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

Discussion in 'Windows OS and Software' started by Hahutzy, Oct 18, 2009.

Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
  1. Hahutzy

    Hahutzy NΨ

    Messages:
    1,232
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    55
    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.
     
  2. Greg

    Greg Super Moderator Super Moderator

    Messages:
    16,219
    Likes Received:
    57
    Trophy Points:
    466
    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.
     
  3. Hahutzy

    Hahutzy NΨ

    Messages:
    1,232
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    55
    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?
     
  4. garetjax

    garetjax NBR Freelance Reviewer NBR Reviewer

    Messages:
    1,682
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    55
    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
     
  5. f4ding

    f4ding Laptop Owner

    Messages:
    2,085
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    55
    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.
     
  6. Greg

    Greg Super Moderator Super Moderator

    Messages:
    16,219
    Likes Received:
    57
    Trophy Points:
    466
    Foxit PDF Reader is not the same as Foxit PDF Creator.
     
  7. Hahutzy

    Hahutzy NΨ

    Messages:
    1,232
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    55
    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.
     
  8. SlowTypist

    SlowTypist Notebook Guru

    Messages:
    50
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    15
    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.
     
  9. Convoluted

    Convoluted Notebook Evangelist

    Messages:
    690
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    30
    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.
     
  10. deeastman

    deeastman Notebook Deity

    Messages:
    1,095
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    55
    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.
     
  11. deeastman

    deeastman Notebook Deity

    Messages:
    1,095
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    55
    I have both versions of Office, 2003 and 2007. I installed 2007 on one of our computers for my daughter to use in college (as that is what they use and teach) but I personally hate the user interface so I still use 2003 and will until I am forced to change for some reason.
     
  12. JTravers

    JTravers Notebook Consultant

    Messages:
    175
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    30
    You can create a button for it by using a macro to print to the PDF printer. Just start recording a macro, go to File-Print, select the PDF printer, and print to it. Stop recording the macro, and then add a button to the toolbar that runs that macro. When you first start recording the macro, do not create it in the document you currently have open. Depending on the Office App you're using, there should be a way to save it to a global template/workbook that will make it available to all documents in that app.

    The only caveat is that you'll have to do this in each Office App you use.

    Here is the closest thing I could find online that explains the process.
     
Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.

Share This Page