The PDF file format is an International Standards Organization (ISO) open format and many different PDF viewers have been released since its conception in 1993, both paid and free. However, many countries fail to let consumers know of the free alternatives on their websites deterring them from making an informed choice.
There are several ways in which you can create pdf files.
If you have purchased the full Version of Adobe Acrobat Reader there should be a program called Distiller which creates the file automatically for you. There may also appear the Adobe Acrobat Reader logo in some programs such as Word and Excel.
You can download off the internet free pdf creating software which basically sets up a printer that when you select it generates a pdf file.
Best Free Online PDF Tools
Nitro PDF offers free online conversion from PDF to Word/Excel via PDF-to-Word Converter and PDF-to-Excel Converter. Both are helpful and easy to use—choose the file you need, click the Convert button and check your inbox for the converted files.
7-PDF Web Portal converts a wide range of documents into PDFs. You can set a page range and image compression for the conversion. Just choose a file to upload, click Convert to PDF button and a PDF file is downloaded automatically for you.
PDFescape, a PDF editor with form filler and designer. You can add text, links and sticky notes, whiteout contents, draw shapes, add form fields or fill up forms. Maximum file size 2 MB or 50 pages per file for free accounts. (Review)
PDFHammer a PDF editor to visually rearrange, reorder and delete pages, merge PDFs, set PDF metadata or protect PDF files with a password. Easy to use—just upload, edit and save the files back to your computer.
ILovePDF, a nice tool to merge or split pdf files easily. You can merge up to 10 PDF files in one, extract or split pages in a PDF, subject to a maximum file size of 8 MB.
Web2PDF lets you convert any webpage into a PDF document and save it to your computer with various options such as setting paper size. Simply paste the URL and click the button, or you can drag the bookmarklet to your toolbar so you don’t have to revisit the website. See also PrintWhatYouLike.
CodeBox’s PDF to Flash Page Flip converts your pdf file into a flash file with a smooth turn-page animation effect—upload a pdf up to 10 MB and receive a zip file containing html and swf files for viewing in a browser or a flash player.
DigiSigner, a useful tool to digitally sign your PDF files and verify signatures, and you can assure that the important PDF documents are not tampered with.