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Miraz
September 24, 2007, 08:47 PM
Is there any free online software for PDF file making (from MSWord, Powerpoint etc.)?

Any help is highly appreciated.

Omio
September 24, 2007, 09:06 PM
Try this one-

http://www.primopdf.com/

PASS : Barood

Ehsan
September 24, 2007, 11:43 PM
Use Cute PDF, its one of the best free PDF writer.

http://www.cutepdf.com/Products/CutePDF/writer.asp

Nasif
September 25, 2007, 12:22 AM
CutePDF is the best, been using it for years now. Works great!

Miraz
September 25, 2007, 03:02 AM
Thanks Ehsan and Nasif bhai.

Downloaded and working fine. :)

Puck
September 25, 2007, 09:08 AM
miraz, you could try the free openoffice 2.0 suite as the writer programme allows you to save files in pdf format.

Kabir
September 25, 2007, 09:12 AM
Great. I've been looking for a good PDF maker too...now got it. I'm sick and tired of using Acrobat Pro at work...I need something new for my computer :)

Miraz
September 25, 2007, 09:13 AM
miraz, you could try the free openoffice 2.0 suite as the writer programme allows you to save files in pdf format.

Thanks Puck.

BTW, can you elaborate a bit about openoffice 2.0 please!! Is it like MS Office?

Nasif
September 25, 2007, 09:16 AM
Thanks Puck.

BTW, can you elaborate a bit about openoffice 2.0 please!! Is it like MS Office?

OpenOffice is like MS Office, minus Outlook. It grew out of Sun's initiative to compete with MS Office. Slowly but surely OpenOffice is becoming a solid alternative. In Linux, Solaris etc OpenOffice is the standard Office suite. It is "Open" because its licensed under GNU opensource; i.e free public domain software.

http://www.openoffice.org

AsifTheManRahman
September 25, 2007, 09:25 AM
I usually use OpenOffice and/or ghostscript, although OpenOffice seems to be more user friendly (still buggy, but not a bad alternative to MSOffice; besides, Sun > MS anyways :) )

Nasif
September 25, 2007, 09:26 AM
On another note, while we are talking about office suite, IBM has released their Lotus Symphony suite last week:
http://symphony.lotus.com/software/lotus/symphony/home.jspa

And its free too :). Everyone is out there to kill MS Office!

Miraz
September 25, 2007, 09:27 AM
OpenOffice is like MS Office, minus Outlook. It grew out of Sun's initiative to compete with MS Office. Slowly but surely OpenOffice is becoming a solid alternative. In Linux, Solaris etc OpenOffice is the standard Office suite. It is "Open" because its licensed under GNU opensource; i.e free public domain software.

http://www.openoffice.org

Many thanks Nasif bhai.

Buying a new laptop for my wife, it's a Toshiba Satelite with Windows Vista Home Basic.

Do you think, OpenOffice will run normally in this laptop? (I can pass you detail configuration if you need) If it works it will save a good amount of money.

[বাংলা]কতকিছু যে জানি না‍!!! সফটওয়্যার কিনতে কিনতে ফতুর হয়ে যাবার দশা [/বাংলা]

Kabir
September 25, 2007, 09:31 AM
Miraz bhai, yes it works with Vista:
http://www.openoffice.org/dev_docs/source/sys_reqs_20.html

Here's the config you need. Most recent version released is 2.3...but it works fine with 2.2 as well.

Microsoft Windows


Windows 98, Windows ME, Windows 2000 (Service Pack 2 or higher), Windows XP, Windows 2003, Windows Vista (enhanced Vista integration from version 2.2)
128 Mbytes RAM
At least 800 Mbytes available disk space for a default install (including a JRE) via download. After installation and deletion of temporary installation files, OpenOffice.org will use approximately 440 Mbytes disk space.
800 x 600 or higher resolution with at least 256 colours

Nasif
September 25, 2007, 09:31 AM
Many thanks Nasif bhai.

Buying a new laptop for my wife, it's a Toshiba Satelite with Windows Vista Home Basic.

Do you think, OpenOffice will run normally in this laptop? (I can pass you detail configuration if you need) If it works it will save a good amount of money.

[বাংলা]কতকিছু যে জানি না‍!!! সফটওয়্যার কিনতে কিনতে ফতুর হয়ে যাবার দশা [/বাংলা]

OpenOffice will run perfectly fine on it. OpenOffice is way less resource hungry than MS Office. If you don't need collaboration tools of Outlook; then there is no reason for using MS Office. Only thing that is holding big corporations on MS Office is Outlook. It the corporate email suite and collaborations which is real strength of MS Office.

For personal usage, OpenOffice is as good if not better than MS Office.

cricket_dorshok
September 25, 2007, 09:32 AM
Humm, a lot people use OpenOffice. I don't know why I don't like (or may be I never feel) OpenOffice/MS office. I always use LaTeX for preparing any text document.

Miraz
September 25, 2007, 09:51 AM
Thanks again Nasif bhai. It is a great help.



[বাংলা]আর কবির, ভাগিনা আপনাকেও ধন্যবাদ। [/বাংলা]

Ehsan
September 25, 2007, 06:59 PM
For personal usage, OpenOffice is as good if not better than MS Office.

For some reason, I don't think I can quite agree with you. I have used OpenOffice, but Office 2007 is the greatest office suite that was ever produced. OpenOffice is no match for Office 2007. BTW I haven't tried the latest version of OpenOffice, so my view is based on what I used 6-8 months ago.

Yea, its true it takes a good amount of resources, but if your computer can handle then it would be one of the best application that you will carry around with you. I believe almost all new laptops and desktops would be able to run it.

mahbubH
September 25, 2007, 08:14 PM
Humm, a lot people use OpenOffice. I don't know why I don't like (or may be I never feel) OpenOffice/MS office. I always use LaTeX for preparing any text document.
same here

mahbubH
September 26, 2007, 12:24 AM
Is there any free software to add two pdf files?

Puck
September 26, 2007, 03:37 PM
For some reason, I don't think I can quite agree with you. I have used OpenOffice, but Office 2007 is the greatest office suite that was ever produced. OpenOffice is no match for Office 2007. BTW I haven't tried the latest version of OpenOffice, so my view is based on what I used 6-8 months ago.

Yea, its true it takes a good amount of resources, but if your computer can handle then it would be one of the best application that you will carry around with you. I believe almost all new laptops and desktops would be able to run it.

for once we agree on something :)

openoffice 2.0 is a useful and fully featured office suite. it does have some nice touches and is less of a memory hog for machines with less ram and slow processors. however, in terms of ease of use, microsoft office is the very best available for the moment. i have personally churned out on average at least 50,000 words each year for the last seven or eight years. openoffice 2.0 is on my old dell laptop with p II 400 cpu and 128 ram. i kept it there for ages and must have used it on and off for over two years but when it came to taking away that laptop for a serious writing trip to edinburgh, i had to install office 95 :)

of course, much of this comes down to personal taste. however, if you use both side by side, unless you totally abhor bill gates, ms version comes out on top..

RazabQ
September 27, 2007, 01:45 AM
depends on what you are trying to accomplish. if it's simple word processing (e.g. resume, cover letter, rent agreement, term paper), openoffice is more than adequate. If you are trying to do fancy stuff like a biz document with diagrams, tables, lots of cross-references, huge size, etc then MS Word is still the best. Same holds true for PPT and Excel. (not as familiar with access). Oh and try out google suite of products - nifty for collaboration.

Puck
September 27, 2007, 08:42 AM
depends on what you are trying to accomplish. if it's simple word processing (e.g. resume, cover letter, rent agreement, term paper), openoffice is more than adequate. If you are trying to do fancy stuff like a biz document with diagrams, tables, lots of cross-references, huge size, etc then MS Word is still the best. Same holds true for PPT and Excel. (not as familiar with access). Oh and try out google suite of products - nifty for collaboration.

yes, it does come down to what you use it for. i write a lot of articles that have footnotes and endnotes. the annotation highlight feature in office versions from 2000 onwards have spoilt me so much that i simply can't use openoffice writer at all for such writing. however, for the odd letter or as you say, resume, open office is not going to let the side down. admittedly, if i had not been brought up on word 2 in windows 3.1, i would have gone to other suites more easily. in those days the alternative from lotus used to be serious competition..

Mohiul
September 29, 2007, 07:52 AM
WOW!! I got very useful infromation for me as well. Thanks everyone a lot

Lord AK
November 18, 2007, 03:48 AM
Another a free software is Foxit Reader. Its a great program for ppl who want a new PDF reader. You can also write pdf documents of u download an extra package. The size is 2.2MB

Lord AK
November 18, 2007, 04:14 AM
Can the mods delete the first Abiword post. I can't do it for some reason