perhaps because not all installations have PDF writer installed?
another reason is that PDF exporting tools differ. if all you do is
print, it doesn't matter much (although size can differ). but if you
want to _search_ for text, some PDF export tools will create such PDFs
that you won't be able to search in them. the method above doesn't
mangle text, convert it to raster image or split it into separate
characters as some of the tools do.
But you still have to install something either way, a converter or PDF
Fair enough, I only really use CutePDF for converting Excel invoice
sheets into PDF's for emailing, saves the customer inadvertantly
editing it and cocking it up!
For making PDF's if I wanted to make them properly I've got a copy of
Acrobat 6 Pro round here somewhere.
Alternatively you can use the method that's been available for
about 2 decades - create a postscript file for sending to your postscript
printer, and instead feed it to your postscript-to-PDF conversion program
(hundreds available for free, or upwards in price).
If you want something "official", get an Adobe PS printer driver
(http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/detail.jsp?ftpID 00), then use
whatever PS-2-PDF program you want to use.
(Hint : this is exactly what Adobe's Distiller does. Distiller is
Yet Another PS to PDF converter. With it's own selection of bugs.
Personally, I use Ghostscript or PDFcreator, depending on the lack of
administrative rights I have on a system.)
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