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PrimoPDF (or other free PDF) MSI installation?

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hello

we need a free (or very cheap) PDF writer for about 200 staff.  I have tested the functionality of PrimoPDF and it looks good, however I want to deploy it via GP so need it in MSI format

anyone know where I can find a copy like this that will install unattended?  or perhaps another free PDF program?  (or an easy way to package Primo!)

thanks,
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by:rajuonline
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Hi,
You can try OpenOffice (www.openoffice.org). Its completely free Office Suit, fully compatible with MS Office formats like DOC, XLS, PPT etc.
Open the document in the OpenOffice, from file menu, select Export to PDF.

regards..

Raju
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by:olivesecurity
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apprecaite the answer, but all client macihnes already have Office 2003.  i dont want to install openoffice just for PDF creation.

PrimoPDF seems perfect, but when I package the application into MSI, it installs everything but the print driver (needed to "print" the PDFs)
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by:Marc Z
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olivesecurity,

Although I may be wrong,  this site says it's free for Commercial use also. http://www.cutepdf.com/  The download though is a .exe, not an msi but they do have different versions there.  I use the cutepdfwriter on my own home computer with no issues
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by:olivesecurity
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i have tried packaging that into an MSI too mate, same problem.

the application installs correctly but it does not install the CutePDF printer, so it doesnt work :(
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by:olivesecurity
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I assumed lots of people would know about this, surely its very common to deploy free PDF software using AD/Group Policy
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war1 earned 125 total points
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Greetings, olivesecurity !

You can use PDF995 for free
http://www.pdf995.com/

PDF995s.exe is in exe format.

Best wishes!
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by:Marc Z
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good one war1,

See here for multiple desktops.
http://www.pdf995.com/faq_dev.html
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by:Reid Palmeira
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another one to check out is PDFCreator on sourceforge. there's an MSI installer there for installation via GPO.
http://sourceforge.net/projects/pdfcreator/
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by:war1
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olivesecurity,

Do you have enough PDF editors to choose from?
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by:Hal-itosis
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RTFM...


PrimoPDF Single License Installation
To install PrimoPDF, your computer should be equipped with the following:
                Microsoft® Windows® 98,Windows® ME, Windows® 2000,WindowsNT®,Windows® XP,
              "
                Windows Server® 2003,orWindowsVista®.
              " A minimum of 30 MB of available disk space.
                32-bit
                http://www.primopdf.com/installers/Enterprise/Primo5_32.msi
                64-bit
                http://www.primopdf.com/installers/Enterprise/Primo5_64.msi
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