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PDF is a file format created by Adobe Systems in 1993 for document exchange.

Adobe PDF is used for representing two-dimensional documents in a manner independent of the application software, hardware, and operating system. Each Adobe PDF file encapsulates a complete description of a fixed-layout 2D document that includes the text, fonts, images, and 2D vector graphics which compose the documents. Lately, 3D drawing can be embedded to PDF documents with Acrobat 3D using U3D or PRC and various other data formats.

PDF files are most appropriately used to encode the exact look of a document in a device-independent way. While the PDF format can describe very simple one page documents, it may also be used for many pages, complex documents that use a variety of different fonts, graphics, colors, and images. PDF is now one of the mostly used document format in the world. PDF file is widely used for manuals, Internet document, reports, books, and so on.

From almost any application that can print, you can create a PDF document of the document.

For example, to create a PDF document from Microsoft Word, you would:

  • Select File, Print...

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  • You now have 2 ways to create a PDF version of your document:

1 In the lower left corner of the Print dialog, click the Preview button which will create a temporary PDF document that will be opened in Apple's Preview application which you can then save or print from:

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2 OR, save the PDF directly from the Print dialog:

  • Click the pop-up PDF button and select Save as PDF...

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  • Specify the name of the PDF document to save:

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  • The process is now complete.

Some of the resources on Education Place are PDF (Portable Document Format) which offer higher-quality printouts rather than standard HTML pages. To open these files, you will need Adobe Reader software on Macintosh OS 8/9 or Windows systems. Additionally, you can open PDF files with Preview on Macintosh OS X. If you do not have Adobe Reader already installed on your computer, you can download the installer and instructions free from the Adobe Web site.

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Using Adobe Reader with Internet Explorer or Netscape on Windows

  • Intel or Pentium process

  • Windows 98 SE, ME, NT 4.0 SP6, 2000 SP2, XP Professional or Home Edition

  • 32MB RAM (64 recommended)

  • 60MB of hard-disk space

  • Internet Explorer 5.5 or 6.X or Netscape 7.1

To download and install Adobe Reader, click the Get Adobe Reader button and follow the instructions on the Adobe Reader’s download site.

Using Adobe Reader 6.0 with Internet Explorer and Netscape on Macintosh OS X

  • PowerPC G3 process or higher

  • Mac OS X (version 10.2.2 to 10.3.5)

  • 128MB RAM

  • Internet Explorer 5.2.3 or Netscape 7.1

Click the Get Adobe Reader button to download Reader. A Reader disc image will be downloaded to your hard drive. The disc image contains an Adobe Reader 6.0 folder. Copy or drag the Adobe Reader 6.0 folder to your hard drive.

Then locate a PDF document and select Get Info in the File menu. In the Info window, click the tab: Open with. Use the dropdown menu to select Adobe Reader 6.0. Also click on: Change All… to allow Adobe Reader to open all PDF documents.

Using Preview with Safari on Macintosh OS X

  • PowerPC G3 process or higher

  • Mac OS X (version 10.3)

  • 128MB RAM

  • Safari 1.2

Preview is an application on OS X that allows you to view PDF files. Preview comes with OS X so you don not need to download it. When you click a PDF file, it will be downloaded to your computer and Preview will launch automatically and display the PDF file. If a PDF does not display in Preview, you can locate a PDF document and select Get Info in the File menu. In the Info window, click on tab: Open with. Use the drop-down menu to select Preview. Also click on: Change All… to allow Preview to open all PDF documents.

Using Adobe Reader 5. X with Internet Explorer on Macintosh OS 8 or OS 9

  • PowerPC process or higher

  • Mac OS 8.6, 9.1 or OS X (version 10.2)

  • 64MB RAM (128MB for OS X)

  • Internet Explorer 5.1

To download Adobe Reader, click the Get Adobe Reader button and follow the instructions on the Adobe Reader’s download site to download and install Adobe Reader 5 on your Macintosh.

Universal Document Converter is the most complete solution for the conversion of documents into JPEG, TIFF or other graphical files. The underlying basis of Universal Document Converter is the technology of virtual printing. As a result, converting documents from PDF to JPEG format is not any more complicated than printing on a desktop printer.

Please follow this manual to start converting of PDF documents.

Instructions

Step 1

Download and install Universal Document Converter software onto your computer.

Step 2

Open the PDF file in Adobe Acrobat or Adobe Reader and press File->Print... in the application main menu:

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Step 3

Select Universal Document Converter from the printers list and press Properties button.

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Step 4

On the settings panel, click Load Properties.

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Step 5

Use the Open dialog to select "PDF to JPEG.xml" and click Open.

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Press OK in Acrobat's Print dialog to start converting. When the JPEG file is ready, it will be saved to the My Documents\UDC Output Files folder by default.

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Step 7

The converted document will then be opened in Windows Picture and Fax Viewer software or another viewer associated with JPEG files on your computer.

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Summary:

This tutorial shows how to convert images (jpeg, png, gif, bmp, jpg) to PDF using novaPDF (and also multiple jpeg to PDF). novaPDF is a PDF creator that allows generating PDF files from any Windows application that supports printing. If you don't have novaPDF installed, download and install it.

Details:

To be able to convert an image from its initial format (jpeg, png, gif, tif, bmp, jpg) to PDF, you need an image viewer that has the print option and can open that specific image format. While Windows delivers with its operating system a default image viewer called Windows Picture and Fax Viewer, there are a lot of other image viewers that support printing (thus allowing novaPDF to create the PDF), to name a few popular ones: Microsoft Office Picture Manager, Picasa, IrfanView, ...

To convert an image to PDF, select Print from the image viewer and choose novaPDF as the printer before click on OK.

Convert images to PDF using the Windows Photo Printing Wizard

Once you click on Print from Windows Picture and Fax Viewer or from Microsoft Office Picture Manager, the Windows Photo Printing Wizard will start guiding you through the process of printing the images (the photo printing wizard starts also when right-clicking a recognized image from Windows Explorer and selecting Print). To convert your image to a PDF following the Windows Photo Printing Wizard:

Step 1

Right-click an image (or open it with the above mentioned Windows image viewers) and select Print. The photo printing wizard will start, click on Next to continue.

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Step 2

In the Picture Selection window you'll see all the images from that folder and you can select the ones you want to convert to PDF. Simply check the images you want converted and click on Next.

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Step 3

In the Printing Options window select novaPDF Printer using the drop-down list and additionally you can modify novaPDF's settings by clicking on the Printing Preferences button. Click Next when finished.

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Step 4

The Layout Selection window will give you the option to choose a format for printing the images, as well as the number of times to print the same image (you can use the Wallet Print type to have multiple images on the same PDF page, or use the Full Page Prints to have one image on a single PDF page). Click on Next after you selected a printing format.

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You'll be prompted to select a path where the PDF will be saved (this is the default behavior of novaPDF but can be changed so that it will automatically save the PDF in a specific location), and after that the PDF will be generated and opened with the default PDF viewer (automatic PDF opening can be suppressed too).

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Converting images to PDF using Picasa

Picasa is a software product that lets users view, organize, edit and share images. Since it offers a Print option, you can use it to convert images to PDF by printing your images through novaPDF. To convert images to PDF from Picasa:

Step 1

Open Picasa and select the images that you want to convert to pdf (can be a single image or multiple images if you want to convert multiple jpg to PDF).

Step 2

Go to File and select Print (additionally you can press Ctrl+P or click the Print icon from the lower toolbar).

Step 3

In the Print window you have to select novaPDF Printer from the Printer Settings section. Additionally you can choose the printing layout for the images (single image per page, multiple images on a page), as well as selecting the number of copies per PDF page.

Step 4

After clicking the Print button you'll be prompted to input a location for the PDF file and when that's created it will be automatically opened (these settings can be changed using novaPDF's Printing Preferences window).

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Converting images to PDF using IrfanView

IrfanView is a very popular image viewer and editor that has the Print option. This way, after novaPDF is installed, you can use the Print option to direct the original document through novaPDF converting it to a PDF file (IrfanView has a separate plugin to create PDF files, but that requires additional downloads and also doesn't have the features novaPDF has). To convert images to PDF from IrfanView:

Step 1

In Irfanview go to File->Open, select the image that you want to convert to PDF (can only be a single image) and click on Open.

Step 2

Once the image is opened, go to File and select Print (additionally you can press Ctrl+P).

Step 3

In the Print Preview window you have to select novaPDF Printer from the Printer settings section. Additionally you can add header/footer information, choose a print size as well as selecting the number of copies (separate pages).

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After clicking the Print button you'll be prompted to input a location for the PDF file and when that's created it will be automatically opened (these settings can be changed using novaPDF's Printing Preferences window).

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