Download of the day: PDF24 Creator

Our daily pick of the best free Windows software – turn virtually any document into a PDF with a couple of clicks.

You don't need to buy costly premium software to make your own PDFs – just download PDF24 Creator and you can convert virtually any document into the format. It uses a virtual printer driver, enabling you to export PDFs from any program with a print function.

You can convert saved documents to PDF format too; simply drag and drop them into PDF24 Creator and the software handles the rest.

PDF24 Creator also lets you edit PDFs (split them, merge multiple documents, extract pages and alter text), and works as a superb viewer. With so much to offer, it's the only PDF software you'll ever need – and it's completely free.

Why you need it

PDF is an extremely useful format when you need to share a document and make sure it looks exactly the same on the recipient's PC. However, software for creating your own PDFs from scratch (like Adobe Acrobat or PDF Architect) is often expensive, and may offer more tools than you actually need.

Key features

Quick file conversion

Password protection

PDF splitting, merging and editing

With PDF24 Creator you can create a document in any program you like (including your usual office and photo-editing apps), and export it in PDF format. The software includes a function for quick sharing via email, and you can protect them with passwords to prevent sensitive information falling into the wrong hands.

You can also make PDFs from other sources, including scanned documents (a great alternative to cumbersome image files), screengrabs, the Windows clipboard, and connected devices like digital cameras.

It's easy to adjust the output size and quality of PDFs, and you can save your custom settings as a profile for future use.

Download PDF24 Creator

Despite its wealth of tools and features, PDF24 Creator is very easy to use, with a well designed interface that guides you through each step involved in creating and editing PDFs. One of the best PDF editors and viewers around, and it's free.

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