5.16 and pdfFactory Pro 2.16
Georgiou, February 2004, send
to the web site
95, 98, 98SE, Me, NT, 2000 or XP
(FinePrint), $99.95 (pdfFactory Pro), $109.95 (pdfFactory
I received these products I was confronted by the quandary
of figuring out how to approach reviewing them. I decided
that I could only really do one thing - review and use
them together. The products stand up very nicely on their
own, each extending and enhancing the experience of outputting
your documents. Initially I thought that FinePrint was
just a paper saver. However, as I explored its capabilities
I found many well thought out and nicely tuned features.
Essentially, FinePrint is a Windows driver that provides
advanced printing capability. pdfFactory Pro does a very
nice job of creating pdf files, quite often creating files
that are substantially smaller in size than similar ones
created by Adobe Acrobat. PDFs can created from any program
via its Print command.
the most useful features in pdfFactory is its ability to
combine documents prior to pdf generation. This makes the
creation of pdf documents from several sources a breeze.
The ability to edit files before final generation is also
useful. When you print using pdfFactory a preview window
opens allowing you to view and make modifications to your
file. Another one of the user friendly features of pdfFactory
is its Autosave feature. The feature does generational
saves and the autosave files can be deleted or managed
from within pdfFactory.
The preview window also allows access to other features
such as document info, font embedding, links, bookmarks
and security. The font handling is similar to Adobe Acrobat.
It should be noted however that, apparently, several pdfFactory
users have commented that its files demonstrate greater
compatibility with Acrobat Reader than Adobe's own pdf
software. pdfFactory offers two levels of file security
- 40-bit or 128-bit encryption.
The support for embedded links and bookmarks in pdfFactory
is also quite simple. Just right-click on any page in the
preview and create the link or bookmark. Similarly, adding
pages to a print job is just as easy. Load the document,
print to pdfFactory and the software will keep adding pages
to the existing pdfFactory preview window.
The Integration between FinePrint and pdfFactory Pro is
seamless and the functional unity is evident. Like pdfFactory
Pro, to add pages or documents simply load the first document
and print using FinePrint. To add additional pages or documents
open the components or document you want to add and print
them. FinePrint will add the documents to the open job
or preview window. Once in the window you can make modifications,
delete pages, add blanks, copy sheets to the clipboard
and so on.
FinePrint can be set up to format 2, 4, or 8 pages to
a single sheet. Printing can also be set up for double-sided
output and booklet creation. It even supports duplex printing
on non-duplex printers through an integrated option. Another
nice thing about printing with FinePrint is that you can
select your final output printer directly from the preview
window. FinePrint and pdfFactory are very fine products
and worthy additions to your output arsenal.
Cons: Both these products need a smart format option which
can read the active area of any document or project you
are outputting and format it accordingly. Adobe Acrobat
handles this through the custom option and although you
can configure your own printer within these tools, it could
certainly be easier. It would also be nice to be able to
rearrange pages once they are in the preview window without
having to start deleting and reprinting.
Pros: These products work together well. They are easy
to use and very powerful. The ease of configuration is
nice, as is the fact that they seamlessly integrate with
your existing printers and output environment. Online support
with feature walkthroughs.
All in all these products are a must-buy for anyone who
is looking to save paper when printing, creating and editing
pdf files and combining documents from different sources.
FinePrint has done a great job of creating two very powerful
and useful utilities. Highly Recommended.
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