Converting to PDF

The two packages we work with the most are Adobe Acrobat and GhostScript/GhostView. You may use either and/or both. Here are some of the advantages and disadvantages of each.

Adobe Acrobat
PDF995/
PDFedit995
  • Pro: Single-step process for converting a single file to PDF; Creating a single PDF file from multiple wordprocessor files is much easier than with GhostScript/GhostView [see Instructions]; Cost: Free + advertising! You can download it and install it on your own computer.
  • Con: Creating a single PDF file from multiple word processor files can be a little confusing at first.; Advertising appears in your web browser when you use this software (nothing offensive).
GhostScript/
GhostView
  • Pro: Cost: Free! You can download it and install it on your own computer.
  • Con: Creating even a single PDF file is a multi-step process; No graphical user interface for converting multiple files into a single PDF file. This combining/converting can be done, but it requires working with DOS (which scares some people); Don’t use this software if you use foreign-language fonts. This software may not do a good job of handling mathematical/statistical/etc. symbols. It may also not do a good job of handling “fancy”/atypical fonts. If you have any doubts about your fonts or symbols, be sure to do a test run well before the deadline.