Windows 10: any pdf creator which need not to be installed

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  1. Posts : 1,582
    Windows 10 x86 14383 Insider Pro and Core 10240
       01 Sep 2016 #11

    Microsoft PDF Printer is a built-in feature of Windows 10. PDF creation is simply printing to a Portable Document Format file or PDF for short.

    In any app that you can draw or write, edit or view a document, image or formatted page, and print it, one of the available printers is Microsoft Print to PDF, and when you send a document to this printer, it formats the document to PDF, then asks you where you want to save it, presenting a file save dialog - as simple as that - no need to install any 3rd party software.

    In the old Control Panel:

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  2.    01 Sep 2016 #12

    Fafhrd said: View Post
    Microsoft PDF Printer is a built-in feature of Windows 10. PDF creation is simply printing to a Portable Document Format file or PDF for short.

    In any app that you can draw or write, edit or view a document, image or formatted page, and print it, one of the available printers is Microsoft Print to PDF, and when you send a document to this printer, it formats the document to PDF, then asks you where you want to save it, presenting a file save dialog - as simple as that - no need to install any 3rd party software.

    In the old Control Panel:

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    Thanks, I am using this on my home PC Win 10 but I am searching for Win 7 PC where users do not have this feature and also do not have admin right to install any thing.
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  3.    01 Sep 2016 #13

    Superfly said: View Post
    It installs a launcher only - what you want is to get the undelying exe only - that's why I added the extract bit.
    The site says, it is a pdf reader but I need pdf creator.
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    Win10 Home and Pro, Win10 Insider Preview, Win7 Home, Linux Mint
       01 Sep 2016 #14

    sam9 said: View Post
    Thanks, I am using this on my home PC Win 10 but I am searching for Win 7 PC where users do not have this feature and also do not have admin right to install any thing.
    If the users are not allowed to install anything they may not be able to run a portable application, may not even have access to USB devices. Brings me back to an installed program, my Word 14, part of Office 2010, has PDF as a format it can use with File, Save As.
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  5. Posts : 117
    Windows XP, 7, 8.1, 10, Knoppix [Debian] linux
       02 Sep 2016 #15

    sam9 said: View Post
    The site says, it is a pdf reader but I need pdf creator.
    There are basically three ways to create a PDF under Windows:

    • Printer Driver which installs as a virtual Windows printer and creates PDF's from within any Windows application capable of using system printers (e.g. BullZip, PDFCreator, PDF995, CutePDF, Adobe Acrobat Distiller, and a zillion others).
    • Direct export from an application (e.g. later versions of Microsoft Office, LibreOffice, etc. There are portable versions of LibreOffice BTW).
    • A "PDF Editor" which is capable, within its own editing screen, of creating simple PDFs from scratch (e.g. typed text) but has no actual interface to the OS's printing apparatus, and so is of very limited usefulness for "creating".


    It sounds like you are looking for the first option. Without some "installing" it simply isn't possible since, regardless of the back-end machinery (e.g. GhostScript is easily made "portable") it requires admin privileges to install the virtual printer driver which captures the output.

    If this isn't the case, it might help for you to exactly describe the scenario and application(s) that your users are going to be creating PDF's in.
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  6.    02 Sep 2016 #16

    sam9 said: View Post
    The site says, it is a pdf reader but I need pdf creator.
    Oh, my bad..

    I did some development a few years back on an image writer as stand-alone app. primarily for tiffs but could save to pdf as well ... I've lost the source code since, but it may be a good time to re-create something like that, if nothing similar exists.
    No promises tho'...
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  7.    02 Sep 2016 #17

    mike s said: View Post
    There are basically three ways to create a PDF under Windows:

    • Printer Driver which installs as a virtual Windows printer and creates PDF's from within any Windows application capable of using system printers (e.g. BullZip, PDFCreator, PDF995, CutePDF, Adobe Acrobat Distiller, and a zillion others).
    • Direct export from an application (e.g. later versions of Microsoft Office, LibreOffice, etc. There are portable versions of LibreOffice BTW).
    • A "PDF Editor" which is capable, within its own editing screen, of creating simple PDFs from scratch (e.g. typed text) but has no actual interface to the OS's printing apparatus, and so is of very limited usefulness for "creating".


    It sounds like you are looking for the first option. Without some "installing" it simply isn't possible since, regardless of the back-end machinery (e.g. GhostScript is easily made "portable") it requires admin privileges to install the virtual printer driver which captures the output.

    If this isn't the case, it might help for you to exactly describe the scenario and application(s) that your users are going to be creating PDF's in.
    You are right, I am looking for just like first option. I describe two situation . In first I reach a place in a program where it ask to choose the printer to print. At that place I want to create pdf instead of physical print. Second instance is to open a text file and then create pdf. Yes admin rights not available.
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  8. Posts : 1,499
    Windows 10 Pro x64 - XP/Vista/Win7/Win8.1 in VM for testing
       02 Sep 2016 #18

    Not free but pdfforge | PDFCreator Server should meet your needs if you are in a client - Server environment
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  9. Posts : 117
    Windows XP, 7, 8.1, 10, Knoppix [Debian] linux
       02 Sep 2016 #19

    sam9 said: View Post
    You are right, I am looking for just like first option. I describe two situation . In first I reach a place in a program where it ask to choose the printer to print. At that place I want to create pdf instead of physical print. Second instance is to open a text file and then create pdf. Yes admin rights not available.
    If a user is going to select a system printer that will generate the PDF, then some installation is required as I indicated above. Either it needs to be pre-installed on the user's machine, or they need to have admin rights to install a new printer driver.

    For the second instance, I seem to remember that the paid version of PDF-X-Change Viewer (now Editor) had limited ability to generate PDF's from some sources, and can be set up as a portable version:

    http://www.tracker-software.com/prod...xchange-viewer
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