As mentioned in the comments to "[Tools] PDFCreator,"
is great for software developers who want to create Adobe Acrobat PDF files on the fly in .NET code. For downloads, etc., please see the iTextSharp SourceForge Project Summary Page. Please note that
is *not* a .NET class library; it is a standalone PDF creating utility that installs on your machine as a printer. You simply print to it. Use iTextSharp, or something like it, if you want to generate PDF from code.
Yesterday, I found a cool new tool you might find useful. PDFCreator
is an Open Source (GPL) tool to easily create PDF files. I have wished for such a
free tool for quite some time, now. While I do not normally need the full power
of Adobe Acrobat, it is nice to be able to easily create PDF files while browsing
or working in my normal applications. PDFCreator installs to work like a printer,
so it is very easy to print up a PDF from whatever document you are in at the
moment. You can even print PDFs from your web browser. Software developers
may find it handy to output syntax-highlighted code directly from VisualStudio.NET
(or whatever favorite editors you use) to a PDF file. You can also combine multiple
documents into one PDF.
You can download PDFCreator from the
Source Forge Site.
IMNSHO, this project is a great contribution to free software. I sent out a big "Thank you!"
to Philip Chinery and Frank Heindörfer, the registered project admins on the SourceForge
site, and their helpers!
The help file says this:
What's is PDFCreator?
PDFCreator is an open source application that can
create PDF's from just about any program that prints
using windows printers. With PDFCreator you can create
PDF's, Postscript and Encapsulated Postscript files,
create images from your documents, combine documents
and much more.
- Create PDF's from just about any program that
prints using Windows printers.
- Create documents in the following formats:
Portable Document Format (PDF), Postscript (PS),
Encapsulated Postscript (EPS), PNG, JPEG, BMP, PCX,
- Combine multiple documents into one PDF.
- Password protect and apply up to 128 bit
encryption to your PDF documents.
- Automatically save PDF documents with current
settings without being prompted for information And
PDFCreator is released under the term of th GPL (GNU
General Public License).
After being "approached" by Microsoft, the current "hosts" for the wxWindows open source C++ GUI framework are changing its name to wxWidgets. See the Name Change Page for details. Julian Smart and Robin Dunn will cease using the name wxWindows by August 2004.
This is a bit of a plug for Blender, a fantastic Open Source project that is perhaps the most under-appreciated project on the net. What is Blender? Well, it is just "the open source software for 3D modeling, animation, rendering, post-production, interactive creation and playback. Available for Windows, Linux, Irix, Sun Solaris, FreeBSD or Mac OS X."
I guess nobody likes great free 3D image building and animation software anymore!
You will find more information at blender3d.org and you should be aware of the Blender Foundation, which is now responsible for this impossibly cool GNU GPL software. You can contribute to this project either with code or financially (via the Blender Fund).