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Q: Creating 5.5" x 8.5" PDF files. ( Answered,   1 Comment )
Subject: Creating 5.5" x 8.5" PDF files.
Category: Computers > Operating Systems
Asked by: fat55-ga
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Posted: 24 Aug 2003 11:29 PDT
Expires: 23 Sep 2003 11:29 PDT
Question ID: 248226
I have Windows 98 operating system. I wish to convert my word document
into PDF file of page-size of 5.5" x 8.5". Could you please tell me
how to do it.
Subject: Re: Creating 5.5" x 8.5" PDF files.
Answered By: morris-ga on 25 Aug 2003 08:59 PDT

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.

Google Search terms:

Adobe Acrobat free trial
Ghostscipt Download

Clarification of Answer by morris-ga on 25 Aug 2003 09:02 PDT
Oops, had a little typo there. Adobe Acrobat Distiller is free from
Adobe, not "fee." Don't know why the spell checker can't correct for
what I meant to say rather than what I said:-)
Subject: Re: Creating 5.5" x 8.5" PDF files.
From: snsh-ga on 24 Aug 2003 11:39 PDT
do you have adobe acrobat full version?
you can change the printer properties for the pdfwriter printer,
so that the default page size is 5.5x8.5 with appropriate margins

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