PrimoPDF 5.1.0.2 for Windows

by Nitro PDF, Inc.

Avg. Rating 4.0 (81 votes)

File Details

File Size 7.1 MB
License Freeware
Operating System Windows 7/2000/Vista/XP
Date Added
Total Downloads 20,829
Publisher Nitro PDF, Inc.
Homepage PrimoPDF

Publisher's Description

PrimoPDF is a free PDF creator with no ads, no nagging, and simple to use interface and installer. Convert to PDF from any application by simply 'printing' to the PrimoPDF printer - it couldn't be easier. Within minutes, you can create high-quality PDFs by converting from Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and virtually any other printable file type.

Latest Reviews

bopb99

bopb99 reviewed v4.1.0.11 on May 11, 2009

Requiring and using .NET is a stupid decision for software makers.
Further not much against Ghostscript.
Does the job but there are better things to find which are more free.

Raysy

Raysy reviewed v4.0.2 on Aug 16, 2008

I tested serveral free PDF printers.
Pro:
No Ghostscript needed,
one unobtrusive ad,
PDF passwords,
5 profiles (including one custom profile),
individual document properties for every file possible.
Quite good!
Michael

odellkevin

odellkevin reviewed v4.0.2 on Jun 18, 2008

Ouch! 10 MB, plus .NET for a .pdf maker? I prefer doPDF. 1.5 MB, no .NET, no Java, no GhostScript, free, and so simple a child could do it. doPDF for creating, Foxit for viewing. Small, simple, free.

freezy

freezy reviewed v4.0.2 on Jun 2, 2008

Now, framework? Then how you survive without .NET in the age of Visual Studio and Vista(which come prepackaged with .NET 3)? I think it's just a must-have, like Java Runtime. Even then, it's probably better since we can expect a better quality (using newer framework--better code)
If you're looking for really free (NO "watermark" or any limitation whatsoever), this is it. You can always block it with your firewall if seeing ads disturb you (you can also disable it's auto update)

madmike

madmike reviewed v4.0.2 on May 30, 2008

Give it 5 stars for being free, lacks pro output and command over RGB V CMYK but for general PDF output tis very good:)

madmike

madmike reviewed v4.0.1 on Apr 1, 2008

Tis a good program, but for press ready output it doesnt come close. Docudesk is the choice at around $55 but Primo being free, for most people is perhaps all they need;)

madmike007

madmike007 reviewed v4.0 on Mar 7, 2008

Good as a free PDF make is, but no good for professional print output. Only does RGB and the variables for resolution etc cant be set. I would recommend Docudesk if you are looking for pro output.

Zoroaster

Zoroaster reviewed v4.0 on Mar 7, 2008

PrimoPDF 4 requires .Net Framework 2.0, BTW
After having tried a few, I prefer PDFCreator, less heavy and more functional, with a higher ratio quality/file size... and NO Framework!

tmservo

tmservo reviewed v3.2 on Nov 24, 2007

It does actually create PDFs. However, it also connects to their website continuously. It does work, but with a myriad of other free PDF writers (CutePDF Free, Doro, etc.) it's hard to find any feature this gets right that those miss, while at the same time this behaves slower and it's connection to their website is annoying and unneeded. I'd pass.

rhinohide

rhinohide reviewed v3.1 on Aug 8, 2007

Pros: Function seems good. Converted Chief Architect drawings to PDF, also converted 3D renderings to PDF.

Cons: It connects to www.primopdf.com EACH TIME YOU PRINT! Better get a good outbound firewall and block it unless you like having them know every file you print. Windows firewall does not block outbound traffic.

Avg. Rating 4.0 (81 votes)
Your Rating
bopb99

bopb99 reviewed v4.1.0.11 on May 11, 2009

Requiring and using .NET is a stupid decision for software makers.
Further not much against Ghostscript.
Does the job but there are better things to find which are more free.

Raysy

Raysy reviewed v4.0.2 on Aug 16, 2008

I tested serveral free PDF printers.
Pro:
No Ghostscript needed,
one unobtrusive ad,
PDF passwords,
5 profiles (including one custom profile),
individual document properties for every file possible.
Quite good!
Michael

odellkevin

odellkevin reviewed v4.0.2 on Jun 18, 2008

Ouch! 10 MB, plus .NET for a .pdf maker? I prefer doPDF. 1.5 MB, no .NET, no Java, no GhostScript, free, and so simple a child could do it. doPDF for creating, Foxit for viewing. Small, simple, free.

freezy

freezy reviewed v4.0.2 on Jun 2, 2008

Now, framework? Then how you survive without .NET in the age of Visual Studio and Vista(which come prepackaged with .NET 3)? I think it's just a must-have, like Java Runtime. Even then, it's probably better since we can expect a better quality (using newer framework--better code)
If you're looking for really free (NO "watermark" or any limitation whatsoever), this is it. You can always block it with your firewall if seeing ads disturb you (you can also disable it's auto update)

madmike

madmike reviewed v4.0.2 on May 30, 2008

Give it 5 stars for being free, lacks pro output and command over RGB V CMYK but for general PDF output tis very good:)

madmike

madmike reviewed v4.0.1 on Apr 1, 2008

Tis a good program, but for press ready output it doesnt come close. Docudesk is the choice at around $55 but Primo being free, for most people is perhaps all they need;)

madmike007

madmike007 reviewed v4.0 on Mar 7, 2008

Good as a free PDF make is, but no good for professional print output. Only does RGB and the variables for resolution etc cant be set. I would recommend Docudesk if you are looking for pro output.

Zoroaster

Zoroaster reviewed v4.0 on Mar 7, 2008

PrimoPDF 4 requires .Net Framework 2.0, BTW
After having tried a few, I prefer PDFCreator, less heavy and more functional, with a higher ratio quality/file size... and NO Framework!

tmservo

tmservo reviewed v3.2 on Nov 24, 2007

It does actually create PDFs. However, it also connects to their website continuously. It does work, but with a myriad of other free PDF writers (CutePDF Free, Doro, etc.) it's hard to find any feature this gets right that those miss, while at the same time this behaves slower and it's connection to their website is annoying and unneeded. I'd pass.

rhinohide

rhinohide reviewed v3.1 on Aug 8, 2007

Pros: Function seems good. Converted Chief Architect drawings to PDF, also converted 3D renderings to PDF.

Cons: It connects to www.primopdf.com EACH TIME YOU PRINT! Better get a good outbound firewall and block it unless you like having them know every file you print. Windows firewall does not block outbound traffic.

cricri_pingouin

cricri_pingouin reviewed v3.1 on Jun 14, 2007

I just installed it for a colleague, and it converted a Word document flawlessly.
It's much better than pdf995 in my opinion because it's a one download installer (pdf995 needs you to download the printer driver and the converter separately), and most importantly, it doesn't nag you with any ads (as opposed to pdf995 which even left the advertising link in the start menu after uninstalling).
Works well, free, no nags, as advertised, hence a 5.

guti

guti reviewed v3.1 on May 22, 2007

Not bad, but doPDF is a better freeware alternative.

http://fileforum.betanew...tail/doPDF/1171636577/1

g400

g400 reviewed v3.0 on Feb 14, 2007

lacks options, tries to connect to the net, has problems embedding postscript fonts

rms10

rms10 reviewed v2.0 on Mar 25, 2006

Spiked said "I'm not trying to sound like a cheerleader for Acrobat. I think it's overpriced and wish there was a much cheaper substitute, but I've looked at a lot of competitors and there really is no equal."

Try Nitropdf. At $99.00 its has tons of features
http://www.nitropdf.com

As to PrimoPDF it is definitly one of the Best Free PDF converters out there

spiked

spiked reviewed v2.0 on Mar 24, 2006

Similar to the (also free) CutePDF Writer and PDFCreator, PrimoPDF is a user-friendly packaging of GhostScript and Redmon. I highly recommend it to any Windows user who needs basic print-to-PDF capability and cannot afford Adobe Acrobat, but I always take a moment to explain how this is NOT equivalent to Adobe Acrobat because oversimplification has given most people some misconceptions about Acrobat.

In addition to print-to-PDF functionality, Acrobat provides many ways of creating PDFs which retain higher quality and more features. For example, if you convert a series of high-res scans of magazine pages with Acrobat, you will get a PDF which zooms and scales more smoothly than if your scans were printed to PDF. As another example, converting a web page to PDF via Acrobat's PDFWriter plug-in for IE will result in a PDF where the links are still clickable, where embedded Flash can still play (subject to security settings), where most forms still work (such as the BetaNews Review Submission Form that I'm filling out now), etc. In contrast, printing a web page to PDF will turn links into ordinary text which may be underlined but you can't click them, and unless the page itself displayed the URL, you wouldn't be able to tell from the PDF where the link went to. Furthermore, Acrobat has many editing features and access to special PDF options such as default appearance. (Ever notice why some PDFs automatically open in a certain view mode or at a certain zoom level?) There are some little free utilities such as CoolPDF which can perform some of these special functions, but you would have to assemble a bunch of separate programs and still not quite match the capabilities of Acrobat.

I'm not trying to sound like a cheerleader for Acrobat. I think it's overpriced and wish there was a much cheaper substitute, but I've looked at a lot of competitors and there really is no equal. Free print-to-PDF is certainly better than nothing, but understand that you're only getting a tiny fraction of Acrobat's capability.

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