[v2.1, v3.3] PDFCreator – Convert printable documents to PDF, JPG, PNG, TIF and more

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PDFCreator is a free, open-source PDF printing, output application (virtual printer), any program who supports the Windows printing function can use it to create PDF and many other formats.

With PDFCreator, you can create PDF document, Postscript file, Encapsulated Postscript file; it can also generate PNG, BMP, JPEG, PCX, TIFF graphical file formats. Besides, its powerful merging function allows you to convert multiple independent documents into one PDF file. So, as a free solution for document conversion and management, PDFCreator is a quite good choice.

After PDFCreator installed, the system will generate a virtual printer, with which you can convert/output any printable files to a PDF anywhere.

// Key Features //

Feature Description
Create PDF files If you can print your document, you can convert it to PDF with our freeware application PDFCreator. And not only PDF, you can convert the document to other popular formats as well, like PNG, JPEG and TIF.
Secure your PDFs PDFCreator allows to secure your documents against unauthorized access or modifications. You can restrict access to your PDFs, require a password to open the document or restrict printing and modifying your document with up to 256 bit AES encryption.
Digital signatures If you need to sign a document and send it across the globe, it takes a lot of time. You can use digital signatures to speed up this process: Sign the document digitally with PDFCreator. This verifies you as author and you won’t have to print and scan the document.
Archive-ready with PDF/A Today most people and companies want to archive documents for years or decades and you have to make sure that they will be readable when you need them. The PDF/A standard ensures this by applying strict standards on what can and must be included in the PDF. PDFCreator is able to create PDF/A files for your archiving needs.
Use Profiles for easy access If you have different cases in which you use PDFCreator, you might need different settings for each. PDFCreator has profiles for this. You can create a profile for every situation and have it available with one click. You can also have multiple PDFCreator printers and define which profile will be preselected for you.
Automatic saving Auto-save allows you to have a fully automated PDF printer. You activate auto-save in your profile and select where the files will be saved. Every document you print will be saved automatically. Combine it with tokens and it becomes even more powerful.
Tokens PDFCreator supports tokens in many places. These tokens are placeholders for certain values, e.g. today’s date, your user name or a counter that increases with every time you print a document.
Merge and rearrange Instead of converting your PDFs one by one, you can also collect multiple documents, rearrange their order and merge them. You will then receive a PDF that contains all your documents in a single file.
Actions Actions allow you to go even further. You can add cover pages to your document, upload your files via FTP, send an E-Mail or even call your own custom script to further process the files.
COM interface PDFCreator comes with a COM interface that allows you to control it from your application or script. You can wait for a print job, define where it will be saved, merge it with other print jobs and much more. As far as we know, no other PDF converter freeware allows you to go this far.
Multilingual PDFCreator is available in many different languages as we have a large community of translators. In case your language is not available, you might consider becoming a translator. Go to translate.pdfforge.org and translate PDFCreator to your language.
Free and OpenSource PDFCreator is and will remain freeware. And even more: It is open source. You may download the code, modify it and create your own application from it, as long as you grant your users the same rights you have received. If you want to dig into this, check out our license page.
PDF Editor on board Even though PDFCreator is about converting documents to PDF, most users will come to a point where they have a PDF and want to modify it. If you like, you can install our PDF Editor – PDF Architect – along with PDFCreator to increase functionality. It allows you to read PDFs and start modifying them for free. You can delete pages, rotate them or merge multiple PDFs. If you still need more, you can buy modules to increase the functionality like converting PDF to Word, edit text and images or use Optical Character Recognition (OCR) to convert scanned pages to editable text.

// System Requirements //

  • Microsoft .NET Framework 4.0 (for patcher)

// Edition Statement //

AppNee provides the PDFCreator Professional/Business/Plus/Server/Terminal Server Edition multilingual full installers and unlocked files for Windows 32-bit and 64-bit.

// Installation Notes //

for v2.0.1, v3.3.0 Plus/Business/Server/Terminal Server Edition:

  1. Run setup, do not update, and do not click ‘Next
  2. Run the unlock patch, and click ‘Patch
  3. Close patch, and click ‘Next‘ (Be careful: the Setup will automatically restart your windows without any confirmation after installation. So, you’d better save and exit all other programs.)
  4. After the system restart, double click the reg key file to import license info
  5. Copy the unlocked file to installation folder and overwrite (for Terminal Server Edition: you must stop the “PDFCreator Licensing Service” first)
  6. Done

// Warning //

  • The free edition is an ad-supported application, so please do pay attention while installing!

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// Download URLs //

License Version Download Size
Free Edition Latest n/a
for Business
Professional Edition n/a n/a n/a
Plus Edition v3.3.0 34.0 MB
Business Edition v3.3.0 34.0 MB
Server Edition v2.0.1 42.1 MB
Terminal Server Edition v3.3.0 34.1 MB

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