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 Posted: Mon Apr 12th, 2010 04:40 pm
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Anyone have a reccomendation for a free or inexpensive app for converting Microsoft Word .docs into PDF's?  I work on a Mac running Snow Leopard and use MicrosoftOffice for Mac. 

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If you're on a Mac you don't need any additional software as OS X has great built-in support for converting to PDF.  (I'm on a Mac using Word 2008.)  If you do a "Save As" in Word and click on the "Format" box you should see the option to select PDF as the output format.

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Yes.  Just got a Mac (thank You, God) and have learned that PDF is built in. 

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It seems that after the upgrade to Snow Leopard, my version of Word is no longer giving me that option.  Maybe I need to wait until the new version of Word for SL comes out.  Right now Word is being converted for Snow Leopard by Rosetta Stone app - and it has lost some of its functionlity.  Has anyone else had this happen?

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Kato,

As an option, open your file,  then go to "Share" in the upper toolbar.  Click on "Send via email."  That will give you the option to send your script in PDF.  Click on PDF and you don't really need to send it at that time.  When the icon of your play in PDF comes up on the email page as an attachment, just slide it off the page onto your desktop--which is what I do.  Wallah, your play is in PDF.  This should work for you, Kato.

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Cool.  Thanks, Edd!

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Hi, Kato,

Just checked.  I'm using Word 2008 for Mac (are you using an earlier version?) and Snow Leopard, and when I did a "Save As" the option of saving as a PDF file was still there.

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http://www.SpencePorter.com

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I convert using the Print feature in Word.  When you click on Print, there's an option at the bottom left hand side to Print to PDF.  Click on that, and it will make a PDF file.

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I am as computer illiterate as there is.

When I need something done, I have a guy who is a friend who has written several books on Macs to figure it out. I pay him like a mechanic for my car.

I know as much as I need to get my work done.

I have a MacBook.

Even I can convert to PDF. So, it must be for a simpleton.

I prefer Word.doc but PDF is still simple, and some want it in PDF for whatever reason.

I hope this gives hope to all!

Thank god.

best,

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I'm on PC so my suggestions may not be appropriate, but... perhaps you should consider re-installing Word, which may also re-install the default PDF op.

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I use Final Draft, and the PDF converter is built in, failing that, FoxitPDF, but even Word 2010 has built in PDF now.

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Yeah, but Final Draft is so "Screenplay" styled it doesn't truly lend itself to easy reading, even when using the "Stageplay" setting FD re-inserts the character's name after action notes and it will separate a character's lines on two pages... ugh.  Why not simply use a program most other folks have - Word - there are many templates and adaptations you can get free that make your stageplay look any way you want.

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For me, FD suits, but I must admit I re-built the template it came with to fit in with my personal formation preferences. The biggest issue for me with FD is the community, which tends to be crammed with annoying teenagers all certain they are the next big thing in Hollywood.

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Thanks everybody -- this has been very helpful. 

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http://www.doc2pdf.net/

i discovered this when I was helping the fiance with the job search. It's pretty sweet. and free!

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May I just add that with Mac and Word all you really need to do is select print. Then you go down to the little oval to the right of the question mark and click on Save PDF.You don't actually need to print in order to do this.

When you start to send your doc you will see it listed as both Word and PDF. You then select PDF and attach it.

If you revise the Word doc you may wish to go to your hard disk, go to documents, pull out the PDF Doc and deposit it in the trash. Then when you want to send a revised PDF just follow the steps above.

Hope this helps.

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I do what Shirleyk does.

If it were any more complicated, I'd have to call in a 6 year old or something.

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I've used this link http://www.doc2pdf.net/ which finally resolved my problem with transfer to PDF, for a number of my plays, which I've been previously unable to send to Production Scripts. The first one they've uploaded I sent to one of the admins because I couldn't get the system to accept any of my files as .docs, even if they boldly insisted they were. That play he uploaded manually, and I suppose I could have continued that approach, but I've now uploaded two others (not live yet) using PDF, which seems the one format Production Scripts reads reliably, at least off my computer. Thanks for t he help.

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