Create PDF files -- for Free!
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P
ortable Document Format (PDF) is the de facto standard for the secure and reliable distribution and exchange of electronic documents and forms around the world. CutePDF Writer (formerly CutePDF Printer) is the free version of the commercial PDF creation software from Acro Software Inc. of Newport News, VA. CutePDF Writer installs itself as a printer driver. This enables virtually any Windows applications that have print capability to create professional quality PDF documents - with just a push of a button - for Free!

Print a copy of this article for reference during the installation process.

CutePDF Writer requires the Open Source postscript rendering library, GNU Ghostscript, to be installed prior to installing CutePDF Writer.

There are 5 easy steps to installing the free CutePDF Writer printer driver and enabling your system to create PDF files from any application that can print to a Windows printer driver.

STEP 1

  to download the free Open Source GNU Ghostscript installer. This file is a self-extracting .exe file. Save it to a location on your harddrive where you can easily locate it later, preferably to your My Documents folder.

STEP 2

  to download the free CutePDF Writer installer. This file is a self-extracting .exe file. Save it to a location on your harddrive where you can easily locate it later, preferably to your My Documents folder.

STEP 3
Now, locate the GNU Ghostscript installer in your My Documents folder, it was named converter.exe, and double-click on it to begin the installation. Follow the instructions on screen and accept all of the default options presented to you. If Windows instructs you to reboot your system to complete the installation please do so before continuing with the execution of the CutePDF Writer installer.

STEP 4
Now, locate the CutePDF Writer installer in your My Documents folder, it was named CuteWriter.exe, and double-click on it to begin the installation. Follow the instructions on screen and accept all of the default options presented to you. If Windows instructs you to reboot your system to complete the installation please do so before continuing to use your system or print to the CutePDF printer driver.

STEP 5
If Windows does not restart automatically or present you with a dialog box allowing you to restart go to the Start menu and select Shut Down then select Restart and then click on OK.

Conclusion
After Windows restarts you will have a new printer driver named CuteWriter PDF. By selecting this printer driver whenever you print, you will be asked for a filename and destination for the output. Always choose the My Documents folder for the destination and give the document the name of your choosing. You will then have a PDF file of your output to archive for later viewing, email to someone, post on a website for viewing or a multitude of other uses. Your imagination is your only limit. All in a format able to be viewed by anyone using a computer, be it a Windows system, a Macintosh system, a Linux system, a Unix system or any other system that has a PDF reader available for it.

Best of all, its Free!

 
If you are one of my contract clients you can contact me via email or phone for FREE support if any problems arise during or after the installation or use of the CutePDF Writer printer driver.  If you are not a contract client I will still be happy to provide support at my current hourly rate.