PDF files are commonly used file formats for documents and is also exclusively used for ebooks with the high quality output and easy navigation. You might need to create a PDF file for ebooks or maybe even create PDF’s for a standard document when there are tons of easier word processing software to do that. In either case there are numerous ways to convert to a PDF file, Depending on the method, convenience and customization varies.
- Using a word processing software with native PDF support
The latest word processing software and office suites offer saving documents directly in PDF format and is pretty much the best way to go, Microsoft Office 2007 and the latest version of OpenOffice allow documents to be saved in PDF format and also provide extensive customization.
- Creating the document as a doc (or other standard document file type) file and converting it to a PDF file.
If you use a word processing software that does not have native PDF support, you can create the entire document as a standard doc or docx file and convert to PDF using one of the dozens of word-to-pdf converters available online. You may use a web based converter or desktop application, personally I’d recommend a web based application, here are a few of the many solutions:
- Using a PDF creator
This method offers most customization but it can also take a while to get used to and usually not worth your while unless you plan on selling an ebook or create a PDF for other important documentation that requires extensive formatting. If you are looking to create a PDF for commercial purposes purchasing Nitro PDF or the professional version of the popular, light weight Foxit reader could be a viable option or you could go with the open source alternative PDFCreator.
Those methods pretty much sum up creating and converting to PDF Files, depending on your purpose different solutions maybe preferred, as always, feedback appreciated in the comments.