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How to create a PDF for free

Written by George Manty  · May 31, 2006

You might be wondering what I used to create my ebook last year. Well, I didn’t spend a lot of money on Adobe software or any other PDF software. Instead, I wrote my ebook using OpenOffice and saved it as a PDF file using their export function.

It’s a great free and easy way to create a PDF file.

Update: Be sure to read the comments for the more detailed directions from

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3 Responses to “How to create a PDF for free”

  1. Solveig Haugland on June 1st, 2006 5:02 am

    Great to hear you used OpenOffice! Another nice aspect of the PDF feature in OpenOffice is that any links you create in the book are preserved when you choose File > Export as PDF. It’s easy to do links in an OpenOffice document—create a hyperlinked table of contents, add links to web sites, add links within the OpenOffice file, etc. Then the generated PDF can also have all those same links and be very easy to navigate within, online. It’s a nice publishing feature.

    There’s also kind of a batch convert to PDF feature under File > Wizards > Web Page. Just choose to convert a directory of documents to PDF, and ignore all the rest of the web page options.

  2. Jessica M. on October 6th, 2006 1:44 pm

    Jessica M….

    I’m sorry for little off-topic, but I want to ask you about design of this site. Did you make this template yourself or got from any templates website? Looks pretty cool for me :)...

  3. George Manty on October 7th, 2006 9:54 pm

    It’s called green marine or something like that. I made a few changes to it.