The Portable Document Format developed by Adobe – essentially Encapsulated PostScript with a few indexing,crypto and security features thrown in.


Date Link Notes
Jul 9 epub2pdf A Java tool to output EPUB files to PDF.
May 2 Tabbloid An interesting service that takes RSS feeds and e-mails you a PDF magazine.
Older PDFTools for Windows, allows for combining and manipulating multiple files.
CutePDF works properly under Terminal Services, Citrix, etc. (my current choice)
Primo PDF doesn’t work properly under Terminal Services for some reason
PDF Creator”:SourceForge:projects/pdfcreator/
Ghostscript The one that started it all
RedMon The ancient Windows print redirector
PrinceXML converts XHTML into hyperlinked PDF documents
Foxit PDF Viewer very fast, very small, somewhat buggy image display and font rendering. Lets you remove all toolbars, advertising, etc.
“Multivalent PDF Tools”:SourceForge:projects/multivalent/ written in Java
FPDF a PHP class to generate PDFs:“Ruby”:Ruby port)

Mac OS X uses Display PostScript (part of its NeXT heritage), so you don’t need anything to view or create PDFs in it (just save the Print Preview results to a file).

Samba Ghostscript Printer:

  comment = PDF Generator
  path = /var/spool/samba
  printable = Yes
  print command = gs -dNOPAUSE -dBATCH -q - \
  sDEVICE=pdfwrite -sOutputFile=%H/%s.pdf; rm %s


Here’s a plugin for PDF compression that I used under Leopard.

Removing Passwords

The qpdf utility (some assembly required) can do it cleanly like so:

qpdf --password=foobar --decrypt orig.pdf new.pdf