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April 16, 2013
10:26 AM
Strahd
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Hi all,

 

Am looking for a software that acts like a printer, but instead of printing, it would save documents as pdf files.   An example would be PRimoPDF.   I would have gone with PrimoPDF, but I had lost a backup disk that had an earlier version of Primopdf without Open Candy in it. 

 

Requirements for the software are below

1. Free to use (not trial based)

2. No watermarks

3. No Ads of any kind

4. No Open Candy and malware

5. Compatible with Windows 7 64-bit

 

Thanks for any suggestions.

April 16, 2013
10:55 AM
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Have you seen http://dottech.org/95529/windows-11-free-pdf-creators-aka-pdf-printers-or-pdf-writers/? I’m not sure which one of them doesn’t come bundled with crapware but why is that such a big issue for you? Simply ignore it during install and you never have to see it again.

April 16, 2013
2:06 PM
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Yeah just saw that link, thanks Ashraf.   I’ll have too look at each one of them when i have some free time.

 

As for the crapware, I consider PUP’s like OpenCandy as crapware/malware, and as such with my experience, I have never been given an option to have OpenCandy installed or not installed.   Instead it does it by itself in installation.  Then I have to go into the registry to permanently uninstall it from my computer.  

 

Now if OpenCandy had a box to check whether or not I want it installed, then it wouldn’t be an issue for me.

April 16, 2013
6:55 PM
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From what I know about OpenCandy, it never installs itself. You have to explicitly opt-in during installation to install whatever crapware OpenCandy is offering.

 

You are welcome.

April 16, 2013
7:19 PM
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/NOCANDY

 

apparently with if you run the an OpenCandy installer with “/NOCANDY” command (remove quotation marks) OpenCandy should not run.

 

I know if you open a dos command window you can drag the installer into it and add the “/NOCANDY” command.

 

Using it in a BAT file will also work (just tested it).

 

All you should need to do is create a BAT in the same folder as the installer and put in the name of the installer and add “/NOCANDY”

 

eg:  CrystalDiskInfo5_5_1-en.exe has Open Candy

 

a BAT file (in the same folder as CrystalDiskInfo5_5_1-en.exe) with the line

 

CrystalDiskInfo5_5_1-en.exe /NOCANDY

 

ran the installer and (as far as I can tell) stopped Open Candy from running. Smile

 

ps:  when you first make the BAT file I’d add a PAUSE command to the BAT file just in case there is an error message (the dos window tends to close regardless of any error messages).  You can remove it later if you don’t need it anymore.

 

eg:

CrystalDiskInfo5_5_1-en.exe /NOCANDY

pause

 

I hope that helps you Smile

 

*edit*

pps: If you really want an older version of PRimoPDF, I know there are sites dedicated to keeping older versions of programs, and some of the download sites have the older versions available as well.

 

Just looking at FileHippo.com, they seem to have older versions going back to PrimoPDF 2.0

 

http://www.filehippo.com/download_primopdf/

 

this page (http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/10-websites-download-older-versions-software/) has links to so useful sounding sites as well.  I haven’t looked at any of them except for OldApps.com, which also has versions of PRimoPDF going back to 2.0 (http://www.oldapps.com/primopdf.php)

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April 16, 2013
9:14 PM
Grantwhy
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Ashraf said
From what I know about OpenCandy, it never installs itself. You have to explicitly opt-in during installation to install whatever crapware OpenCandy is offering.

 

I could of sworn I posted this allrady Surprised [might of clicked the Cancel button by mistake Yell]

 

It’s the crapware that OpenCandy provides that tries to deceive people into installing them that (in my eyes) is the problem.

 

A good example is in the following blog post:

http://eikes-computer-stuff.blogspot.com.au/2012/07/pdf-creator-good-bye.html

 

I have seen other ‘crapware’ that do the same trick/scam.

 

Interestingly, there is a recommendation for a PDF-Printer in that post (doPDF http://www.dopdf.com/)

@Strahd, it might be worth a look at?

 

—–

*edit*

 

well, doPDF does look promising.

 

4.04MB download, doesn’t ‘phone home’ during installation & no third party (crapware), seems to do a good job and no watermarks.

 

Unfortunately for Strahd, it does have (small) ads/links on the main screen for novapdf.

 

 

And what seems to be a bug in that window ‘stay on top’ regardless of whether the option is selected or not.

 

Tested on a XP SP3 machine Smile

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April 17, 2013
6:15 PM
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Well it has been three or so many years since I have used any software bundled with OpenCandy so it may not be installed as it once did.  I just remember seeing  the damn OpenCandy Folder in my C: drive and also seeing the OCSetupHlp.dll, OpenCandy.dll and one more file (that I dont recall) being installed during the initial installation of the software I wanted.   I never once recieved a choice to install it or not. 

 

At one point the even deleting OpenCandy registry lines wouldn’t work, and I had to put my win xp disk in and use recovery console and the  “fixmbr” command in order to restore the MBR.  

 

So yeah I’m always cautious when it comes to OpenCandy.

 

Anyways, thanks for the info and suggestions Ashraf and Grantwhy I’ll keep looking.

April 30, 2013
5:49 AM
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Open the document you want to convert (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, WordPad, NotePad or any printable document), choose Print and select doPDF from the list of printers. You will be asked where to save the PDF file and when finished, the PDF will be automatically opened with your default PDF reader. Screenshot below shows how easy it is to create a PDF file from Microsoft Word:

September 23, 2013
7:20 PM
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Hi there

 I know there is a pdf printer which can print pdf files effectively.And it’s said that they can not only print pdf files,

but also process pdf files.I didn’t try it.But you can have a look.Hope to help you.

November 7, 2013
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I am looking for a pdf printer that works!

A previous dot tech review described a number of “best of” PDF printers.  I have installed 15 of them. I have major issues with printing the following dottech page but this is only a sample of the issue of PDF printers not producing the expected results.
http://dottech.org/133598/windows-review-instant-file-opener-program/
is a good example. I printed with each of the 15 programs and ALL produced 10 pages with pages 3-10 blank and pages 1-2 did not represent the desired result. Hate to use File save as, but that works.

Since I can not upload a PDF, Here is a link to the “bad” results.

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/25710521/PDF24-Dottech-Open%20multiple%20files%2C%20programs%2C%20or%20websites%20with%20one%20click%20using%20Instant%20File%20Opener.pdf

2013/11/07 07:45    List of installed pdf printers
Bullzip
CutePDF
doPDFV7
ExpertPDF
FoxitReaderPDFPrinter
PDF Architect
PDF reDirect V2
PDF24PDF
PDF Creator
PDFill PDF & Imnage Writer
PDFLite
PDF-Xchange3.0
PrimoPDF
Snagit 11
Solid PDF Creator
Win2PDF

UPDATE: 2013/11/07 08:35

Just for fun, I decided to try a different browser, FF is my default browser and all my issues seem to be FF related. Tried the same page on IE and PDF24 worked fine. Looks like the issue might be FF related

Any one have issues?

Bob

 

 

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