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    I have a client looking to purchase Adobe Acrobat. Should she go for
    standard or professional? In simple terms, what are the main advantages of Professional over Standard? She will be putting these documents on her website for download.

    Thanks,
    Stephen

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    I would recommend she goes for http://www.pdf995.com

    Save a load of money and get, ultimately, a product that does the same as both of the above.

    Sean

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    If she has OS X, she can make PDFs from anything that prints.
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    Yup, Filbert, that's how pdf995 works too :-)

    And a fantastic product it is...

    Sean

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    You can get many PDF printers for about $30.

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    I sound like a salesman, but I *really* do suggest you try pdf995.

    It's free to try... well, it's actually free to use (as long as you are happy for it to bring up a website every time you print a pdf) and then only $10 to register and lose all the site advertising etc.

    $30 would be three times too much, imho. And adobe? About 20 times too much....

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    Hmm, I made a discovery (don't laugh now). I downloaded a trial version of Adobe Acrobat Pro 6 (200MB!).

    It doesn't actually have it's own editor built in! I thought it would be a bit like Word where you actually create the document in Acrobat and you can edit existing PDFs, but no that doesn't seem to be how it works.

    So what do most people use to create their PDFs? Word, then save it as a PDF? Or something else?

    Are the features that you do get in Acrobat actually something that many people use? A few hundred quid seems a lot for this program!

    Anyway, please correct any misconceptions I may have expressed here, if I am not correct about anything.

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    Sorry.. it's late. At 12.45am I can sometimes get impatient, but...

    ...please do visit that site, and at least read what it says. http://www.pdf995.com -- I have been using it for years, and it is very very good indeed. *Please* don't buy Adobe before downloading this *free* utility that (imho) is equal, if not better.

    To clarify PDF is a printer driver that saves to a form of postscript. In other words, you use whatever DTP or word processing package you are used to, and then just select the PDF printer rather than a physical one.

    So if you want to change the document the *usual* way to do it is via whatever package you have printed from, rather than anything associated with the PDF encoding.

    Btw, if you're using pdf995 I can offer some tips, such as to select the "advanced - download softfonts" option to increase portability... I do not know Abobe's offering, but what I do know is that for 99% of people it does not offer anything that the free offerings cannot do as well, if not better.

    Sean

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    Hi Sean,
    Yeah I have downloaded pdf995, and it seems good.
    Thanks for the info.
    Stephen

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    I've noticed that the PDFs created by Acrobat are quite a bit smaller than those created by PDF995.

    I converted a 59KB Word document, and with Acrobat it became a 90KB PDF, with PDF995 it became a 133KB PDF.

    Anyone know why this is?

    Thanks,
    Stephen


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