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first off get open office form openoffice.org and when you create a document their is a button to convert it to a .pdf file.

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That works, but even easier is if you have Mac OS X. When ever you want to print something you have the option to send to the printer, fax, or save as PDF. Then you can make any document PDF just as easier as printing it out:

So I have lots of PDF's now. It's just so easy. There might be a way to do that with Windows or Linux. I'm not sure, but for those using Mac OS, it couldn't be more convenient.

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why would i waste money on mac osx just to make pdf's when i get get windows cheaper and download open office for free?

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Gee... Are we on the cheapness tour?Download fedora core 3 for FREE... from fedora.redhat.com, It's a free linux distro.And Openoffice is included in the installer...Try beat that Ryan

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soryy but wats the point making thse?

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soryy but wats the point making thse?

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whats the point making what ???

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Open Office seems much better on Linux than on Windows, its functionality and look, looks a lot better on Linux in my opinion.

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Open Office seems much better on Linux than on Windows, its functionality and look, looks a lot better on Linux in my opinion.

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Hehehe, a fun topic

Well, for starters, I prefer openOffice over all other office suites. It is smoother, faster and looks better than M$Office, I feel it's more userfriendly than STarOffice (I have used M$ Office, StarOffice, OpenOffice and back in the DOS days and 386, CorelWriter or something LOL - I can't remember). Now, I have tried all those options, to create pdf's like that. And I felt they lacked a lot of control.

In school, I was taught to use LaTeX, THE typesetting system. Yes, I will admit it, it takes a long time to learn the code, it's not the easiest way to do it. But you have full control. In Linux, this can be selected to install, or you can do it manually. In Windows, it's less easy (believe me it is sad).

\documentclass[a4paper,titlepage]{report}\usepackage{times}\begin{document}\title{Chemistry: Cb4}\author{Me LOL}\date{\today}\maketitle\begin{abstract}Blah blah blah blah\end{abstract}\tableofcontents\part{Carbon Chemistry/ Organic Chemistry}\chapter{Epilogue}\section{Section of something}\end{document}
That's what the code looks like So yes, I actually do use this, I've written a chemistry course this way (I felt the teach did a bad job, asked if she wanted a hand and I converted her word doc into Pdf this way )

Now, in Linux, this is the fun stuff. You just enter a few commands and you're set

$latex file_name.tex (this will create the dvi of the tex file )$dvips file_name.dvi -o file_name.ps (this converts the dvi into ps - postscript , the -o tells dvips to save the conversion to an output file)

$dvipdf file_name.dvi file_name.pdf (Conversion from dvi to pdf)$ps2pdf file_name.ps file_name.pdf (conversion from ps to pdf)

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Hehehe, a fun topic

Well, for starters, I prefer openOffice over all other office suites. It is smoother, faster and looks better than M$Office, I feel it's more userfriendly than STarOffice (I have used M$ Office, StarOffice, OpenOffice and back in the DOS days and 386, CorelWriter or something LOL - I can't remember). Now, I have tried all those options, to create pdf's like that. And I felt they lacked a lot of control.

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This is a little off topic, but isn't star office and open office one in the same? I know that both were made by SUN, but is there a big difference between the two? I am curious about this, because my school is planning on swithcing over to star office from MS office, and Open Office is free.

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Wow, this is actually something extremely useful to me, thanks!I've been using Adobe's free website to .pdf convertor, but I only have one use left.Thanks alot! Amd just at the right time.

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If you don't have OSX or Linux, or don't feel like downloading OpenOffice (which I would highly recommend), you can use CutePDF. It's a free PDF creation program that installs like a printer on a Windows machine, and lets you make anything into a PDF simply by selecting CutePDF as your printer.

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Hmmm! Wouldn`t it be easier to download and install GhostScript (any platform). It is open source, so it is free.

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