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Help with PDF

Sue Hope someone can help me with this!

I use only PCs but have been given a job of converting a magazine that has been done on Quark Express using a Mac into PDF files.

At the moment I'm out sourcing.

My question is:  If I bought Adobe Acrobat for the PC would I be able to convert the Mac files to PDF myself?

Thanks in anticipation.

Posted on: 12:50 pm on January 26, 2002
dreuby I thought PDF files were platform independant? That any PDF can be read by any platform.

I've just installed FreePDF, (which also needs GhostWriter and RedMon) and created a test PDF from a .doc file. These programs are all freeware, and easier to install than I'd thought. Well worth looking at before you spend out on the full Adobe create software.


I don't know what format Quark can save in though, so this may not be suitable for you.

Dianne R

Posted on: 2:13 pm on January 30, 2002
justjeni Gosh, I don't know if this is going to be of help to you, but there is a web site that takes documents and converts them into .pdf files but I've only used it with Word documents so I don't know if it will work with what you're using.  (I'm totally dense when it comes to Macs!)
Well, if you want to take a look at the site and see if it can help you, it'shttp://www.gobcl.com
It is free, by the way.

Posted on: 3:50 am on February 13, 2002
Pooja Hi,

This is a great software you could try out - JawsPDF Creator - costs less than Adobe and gives just as good a output. My review on it is atwww.want2learn.com/jawspdf.htmand you could download and use a demo version of the software fromwww.jawspdf.com- they have a great customer service section too.


Posted on: 2:51 am on March 16, 2002
fabian Hi Sue
I was at Adobe last night looking for a program that will return files from PDF back to their original state. Still looking. But I did notice something that might help you with your mac problem.http://www.adobe.com/products/acrdis/createbooks.html      

If that doesn't help, you could send me a couple of  paragraphs of the mag and I'll try and put them through Adobe writer. I know what people will say when they read this. Why dont you put you own text through Adobe writer backwards and the text wont be PDF. It wont work that way, I tried.


Posted on: 3:21 pm on April 5, 2002
EbookHeaven Hi Sue,

Have you had a look at Planet PDF? It has a lot of information and tips about using and creating PDF ebooks and files. Here's the URL:


Posted on: 12:45 pm on April 15, 2002
eAuthor I realize your question is rather dated, but I thought I'd post this anyway in case someone else comes along with a similar problem/question.

Adobe Acrobat is used to convert files from one format (of various types) into the Acrobat or .PDF format, which are platform independent for the most part. This doesn't sound like what you need. Adobe also has a relatively new product called Adobe InDesign which may be more what you're looking for.

This program is used by professional publishers and copy centers and can translate Quarkxpress (hope I spelled that right), Pagemaker, and several other types of files into .pdf. It is pricey though at around $1,500.00, but again, it's mainly for professionals who do magazine and other prepress work.

Just so you know, I use both: Adobe Acrobat 5.0 and Adobe InDesign 1.5. Unfortunately, I know absolutely nothing about Mac's. Hope this belated information helps you and/or others.

Posted on: 6:57 am on May 3, 2002


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