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It is sometimes necessary to convert your Word or other documents into a format that can be read on any computer. Whether you want to share documents with someone who does not have the same applications available on their computer, or you want to prevent others from editing your work, converting them first to PDF's can meet both requirements. It used to require expensive software to perform the function of converting documents to PDFs, but no longer. Here are the options available to you.
OSX has a PDF converter built into the operating system.
Remember that you will not be able to edit this PDF file once it is saved, but of course you can continue to edit the original Word, Excel, or other type of file using the application through which you created it.
Several free PDF conversion applications can be found online. Hampshire College has chosen to support PDF Creator. If you received a computer from IT since June 2007, PDF Creator is already installed. If you have an older computer, or a personal computer, you can download the application installer from the following website: http://software.hampshire.edu/windows/
It's the second-to-last one on the list. Click on it and choose save and the installer will download to your desktop. Close your browser and other programs and double-click on the installer. Use the defaults in the installation prompts.
With PDFCreator installed
PDFCreator is a SOURCEFORGE.NET project and can be freely distributed under the license GNU General Public License (GPL). More information about this project may be found at: http://sourceforge.net/projects/pdfcreator/