Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Free PDF Creator

Solid PDF Creator (The best free PDF creation utility available) is now 100% free.

There is no watermark on created files, no nag screen and no expiration date. You don't need to sign up for anything or provide us with your e-mail address. We don't need to know the name of your first dog or where you went to high school.

Just download the best free PDF creator and make some great quality PDF files courtesy of Solid Documents.

Creating a PDF or PDF/A is as easy as printing.

This simple-to-use utility is a quick solution for creating PDF documents from any Windows program including Word, Excel® and PowerPoint.

Just open a document and print to the Solid PDF Creator printer driver. You can set PDF permissions, password protect your documents, optimize them for file size or image quality and archive your PDFs as ISO 19005-1 compliant PDF/A-1b files.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Why PDF/A and Solid PDF Tools are Great for Archival

Solid Documents has participated with PDF/A Competence Center in the process of coming up with a standardized way to test the compliance of PDF/A validators and converters. The aim of the PDF/A Competence Center is to promote the exchange of information and experience in the area of long-term archiving in accordance with ISO 19005: PDF/A.

Why PDF/A is Great for Archival

PDF documents are very flexible and can contain many different kinds of information and formatting. However, while some features are required for the accurate archival of documents, others are not ideal for this purpose.

Converting PDF documents to PDF/A and validating them for the ISO 19005-1 specification is needed to help ensure that they will display and function the same way in the future as they do today.

Many Organizations Use PDF/A Files to Archive Documents

"PDF/A-1 files facilitate compliance ... for transfers of permanent records in PDF“
- NARA (US National Archives and Records Administration)

“Since September 2005, PDF / A is a stable, internationally accepted ISO standard for long-term archiving.” Translated from German.
- The University of Potsdam