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Tom's Guide to Online PDF File Creation

Adobe Create PDF

Finally, we saved Adobe’s own online PDF service entry for last. The Adobe Create PDF service, like the other ones we’ve tested, allows you to convert your Word and Excel documents and Websites into PDF files.

adobe create pdf

Unlike other services that have file-size limits, Adobe only offers five conversions for free on a trial basis.

Adobe offers a robust set of conversion options including optimization for Web, print and press. You can selectively convert pages within a document, which is something that no other service that we tested offered. Adobe will also safe guard your file for a 72-hour period.

adobe create pdf

In our test case, the Magna-Carta- Word-doc conversion to PDF, surprisingly, took the most time of any service tested. Indeed, no service took longer than three minutes to do the conversion.

On the URL-to-PDF test, Adobe’s service did not fare well at all. There are no obvious preference settings to specify landscape, which is a problem.

adobe create pdf

As you can see above, the actual conversion itself wasn’t right, either. Adobe Create PDF also failed our XLS conversion test with the default optiona

ServiceZamzarFreePDFconvertNeeviaPrimoPDF
Word to PDFYesYesYesYes
Excel to PDFYesYesYesYes
URL to PDF"Only files found on URLs not a website to pdf tool"YesN/AN/A
PDF to WordYesYesYesYes
PDF to HTMLYesN/AN/AN/A
Delivery"Browser download - email notification""Browser download as ZIP - email notification""Browser download
- email notification"
email
PricingFree/ $7 , $16 and $49 month based on storageFree / $9 monthFreeFree

ServiceExpressPDFPDF OnlineAdobe Create PDFGoogle Gmail
Word to PDFYesYesYesN/A
Excel to PDFYesYesYesN/A
URL to PDFYesWidget for developersYesN/A
PDF to WordYesN/AYesN/A
PDF to HTMLN/AN/AN/AYes
DeliveryN/Aemail"Browser download - email notification"browser
PricingFreeFreeTrial/ $9.99 monthFree