Converting your files into PDFs for free

Over the past few months I have had a lot of people ask me what is the best way to convert word and other text files into PDF files.  So, in this post we will look at a few online resources that will convert your many word files and other text files into PDF documents to post on the web.

As we all know the PDF file format is very convenient for posting online.  The fact that it has a free reader and that it is a self contained application really make this the easiest way for your readers to obtain and look at your documents.  Often in school and other areas we create our documents in Microsoft Word and other applications leaving us with the daunting task of converting these to a PDF format.  Well here are a few free resources that you can use to easily convert your documents into PDF files.

 

If you have another resource that you use and it is not mentioned in this post please let me know by posting it in the comment section of my blog.

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How to: Turn any Webpage into a PDF in one Click!

This is an online tool that has become very useful in my classes. Located at http://pdfmyurl.com/ this tool will simply convert any website into a PDF file with one click. This will allow you to print sites for your students to read and it maintains all of the margins and formats. All you need to do is copy and paste the URL in the address bar on the webpage and click the icon at the end of the address bar and you are done. Great tool!

Web address to this site is http://pdfmyurl.com/


How to: Sign up forPDFescape “A Free Online PDF Creator”

“PDFescape is a free, online PDF reader, editor, form filler, & form designer.”

Over the past few weeks, I have begun to use this service and think that it is a great resource to create  PDF files for free. To begin using this service, follow the simple instructions below, and you will be able to create PDF files and forms for your students and parents in no time.

  1. Go to PDFescape home page at: http://www.pdfescape.com/
  2. Click on “Register Now” in the upper right corner of the page.
  3. You can register for a free account using your Google ID or create a separate log in.
  4. Fill in the required information and click on “Create Account”.
  5. Once you have created your account, you will see your account page.   (See the image to the the right.)
  6. From your account page, you may then begin creating PDf files, view PDF files, publish documents, and edit your profile.

I have found this to be a great resource to use in the classroom to create forms for students and parents, but, best of all, it is a free resource!

Give it a try at: http://www.pdfescape.com/