Alternatives to Adobe Acrobat?

We need some sort of pdf creation software package that will convert word documents (and other documents) to pdf.  We have around 30 employees, and if we go with the Adobe product, we could be spending over $10,000 for licenses!  Are there any other less expensive, or free, alternatives to Adobe Acrobat?  One key thing we need to do in the pdf conversion is retain links in the documents.

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Ultra_MasterConnect With a Mentor Commented:

The program you are looking for is the following:

This article explains how this software solves your problem:

According to that, Print2PDF preserves table of contents (TOC), bookmarks and hyperlinks by converting Microsoft Word (DOC/DOCX) to Adobe PDF.

Here you have the pricing info:

Pricing at this momoent: $99.95 for a Standard 3 Users License.


there are a ton of free utilities. try searching google
tbrown3Connect With a Mentor Commented:
I've always used Foxit as a replacement. Haven't had an issue yet.
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MSProjectGeekConnect With a Mentor Commented:
CutePDF is what you need.  It's free and works well :D
You can try this software:

They say it supports hyperlinks detection and converts any type of printable windows documents, including DOC, DOCX, PPT, PPTX, XLS, XLSX, HTML, MHTML and TXT.

You can try it for free. If you find out it's what you need then go for it, otherwise try to find other solution that suits you better. Anyway the license at this moment is about 30 bucks and the price goes down for multiple licenses.
See here:

Good luck,
MailAmericaConnect With a Mentor Commented:
I second the CutePDF use.  At my old job we had it deployed to over 3,000 computers.  It works very well.
jbobstAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the help guys.  I tried all those recommended products, but none of them preserve the reference links in word (not hyperlinks, but rather table of content links, etc.).  I'll keep looking around, but maybe Adobe is the only one that does that link preservation.
jbobstAuthor Commented:
Ultra Master,

The print2pdf worked great for the table of contents, but didn't work with reference fields (like referencing figures and such).  Thanks for the option though!
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