At a Glance
- Easy to use; Fast: Creates secure PDF documents
Free app lets you turn any printable document into a PDF without a hitch.
PrimoPDF is a printer driver that creates PDF files from your
documents, rather than printing them to paper. After install,
whenever you choose the print option from an application, PrimoPDF
will be listed along with your physical printers, print to file,
etc. It’s extremely easy to use and produces excellent
PDFs–without the watermarks that some programs add.
Probably the best feature of PrimoPDF is the selection of
templates for optimizing PDF output. Simply choose your output
destination: the screen, a printer, ebook, or prepress (print with
full image resolution) and PrimoPDF will create the PDF with that
in mind. You may also enter tag information, referred to as
document properties, such as the title, author, subject, and
whatever keywords you specify.
PrimoPDF also allows you to secure your document. Unlike in
older versions, you don’t select the level of encryption;
everything is 128-bit. You can specify a password to open the
document, as well as a separate password to administer the
document, i.e., change the password. You may specifically allow
copying of text from a protected document, but this option is
disabled by default.
Unusually, the setup routine offers to install a reminder app
from the ASPCA–a nice break from the usual Google or Ask toolbars.
PrimoPDF is a leader for the company’s Nitro PDF Professional, so
you’ll see ads in the PrimoPDF dialog. If you want something
effective without ads, try BioPDF
PDF Writer or Nitro
–Jon L. Jacobi