I'm assuming you want to do this without having to spend money. If
money is no object, the easiest path is to take your file to a local
copy shop like Kinkos, who rent time on computers with Adobe Acrobat
installed, or to purchase Adobe Acrobat for a couple hundred dollars.
I've converted several Word documents for publication as books on my
Windows 98 system using the shareware products (free download, you can
donate money to support them if you want) Ghostscript and GS View.
Ghostscript is actually command line software, GS View gives it a nice
Windows interface which makes it easier to use and view documents.
Windows 98 Ghoscsript and GS View Downloads available at:
Since the normal PDF creation process requires first creating a
Postscript file, and then converting it to PDF, you need to install
Adobe Acrobat Distiller (fee from Adobe) for the best results, or
install a common Postscript printer driver under Control Panel >
Printers, then select Print To File.
Distiller Download (it functions just like a printer driver, but
follow the installation instructions if you go this route):
Another option is to take advantage of the Adobe free trail:
or another live conversion site, such as
The Adobe trial has one huge advantage for you over all these other
methods, which is, you can convert directly from Word to PDF without
the middle step of creating a Postscript file. For that reason, I
recommend you use the free trial (5 conversions) for your current
needs, and later you can decide whether to buy Acrobat, buy a less
expensive PDF converter, or go the free route, as I did. By the way,
8.5" x 11 inch is the default page size in all case, so you won't have
any problems. It's creating larger documents, such as book covers or
posters, that takes some practice.
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