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Bare-bones Limited PDF Creation Software

  • Aug 1, 2011
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PDF has gradually become the dominant standard for sharing the documents online. PDF documents are highly portable, and can be viewed on virtually any platform. However, the creation of PDF documents remains tricky, and unless you use one of the free but complicated typesetting tools (such as LaTeX), you will need to purchase separate PDF-creation software. Adobe Acrobat is considered the gold standard in this realm, but this program is fairly expensive and not very accessible for quick creation of simple PDF documents.

Coral PDF Fusion is nice bare-bones PDF editing and creation software. The program allows you to create PDF files from a variety of standard sources (Word documents, PDF files, picture files), but not quite the same variety that you would get with Acrobat. Merging several files is fairly straightforward, as is excision of pages from PDF files. The program comes with a limited number of text editing and annotating tools, such as the typewriter, strike-out, highlighter, etc. These are somewhat limited in their functionality, but they get the job done.

If you try to export a PDF document you will be presented with essentially two options: MS Word 1997-2003 format (i.e. .doc files), or a picture format (only .png format). These are far fewer options than what you would have with Adobe Acrobat. The export into a word document works fine for the most part. The problems arise if you edit your PDF document. The highlighted text will disappear, and the striked-through text may look slightly off. Other than that though, the result of exporting was on par with the same exports by Acrobat.

*** The Bottom Line ***

If you just need a program that will let you to smoothly create PDF files from various sources, then Corel PDF Fusion will work for you. However, if you need a program that will have more sophisticated PDF editing and annotating options, as well as a wider range of supported file formats, then you will be better off with a more powerful software package such as Adobe Acrobat.

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Corel PDF Fusion View, Edit, Assemble, Create

Get all the power of the leading PDF solution--without the high price--with new Corel PDF Fusion. Easily create PDFs just by dragging and dropping. Open almost any file--including PDF, graphics and Microsoft Office formats--with support for more than 100 formats. Save files to PDF, XPS and DOC formats to reuse content without starting from scratch. Review and comment for easy collaboration. Plus, edit or add text anywhere in a document, and rearrange, rotate or crop pages with ease. Once you're done, assemble documents in minutes and share them in a single PDF package.

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PDF Fusion is an all-in-one PDF toolkit that allows you to view files plus assemble, edit and create PDFs. With support for over 100 file formats--including PDFs, graphics and Microsoft ...

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