Creating PDF files
Creating files in the Portable Document Format
or PDF is not difficult.
The PDF file format has been defined by the
The PDF file format
is in reality a
database description language
(If interested, read this
Don't forget that you may insert hyperlinks in a PDF file.
Contrary to a widely held opinion, the
PDF format specifications are available to
anybody, and it
may be used by softwares other than those
produced by the ADOBE company,
In particular, it may be implemented within non-commercial softwares.
In order to help the MDPI foundation to carry its goal of
delivering free online scientific journals, we kindly ask authors
to try their best to help us as much as possible.
A great way to help us is to create accepted version of papers in the
PDF format with the same layout as we are currently using.
The MDPI foundation,
in order to help authors who cannot afford to make
any financial contribution is offering a publication
pathway at no charge, provided the entire layout is achieved by the authors.
So that the only thing that remains to be done for the MDPI webmasters would be
to include a fully formatted PDF file in our WWW sites.
These authors must understand that this condition is strict and
that their accepted papers are not going to be published until their
PDF files are correct.
We have not tested all the links and software that we list below.
So don't hesitate to tell us what does work and what doesn't.
Any suggestion or information is most welcome !.
( mail to firstname.lastname@example.org )
There are a few free online tools that allow to
obtain PDF files :
is offering ( yes.. this is true ) to help you
create 5 PDF files online for free at this
a wide variety of formats such
as: Microsoft® Office: Word (.doc), Publisher (.pub), PowerPoint (.ppt),
Excel (.xls), Rich Text, Format (.rtf) ;
Corel WordPerfect (.wpd); Adobe PostScript® (.ps, .prn),
Encapsulated PostScript (.eps) ;
HTML pages (.htm, .html, .shtml).
FastPdf is a
relatively low cost online conversion service from Word format.
Almost every wordprocessor is able to generate a Postscript file
Starting from Postcript files, you may generate
PDF files (free and for an unlimited number of times... )
at this ps2pdf page.
The ps2pdf site is using the
If you are using a Unix operating system such as the now popular
a number of free tools are available :
TOOLS for WINDOWS
ADOBE ACROBAT is the star
of the show, but MS-WORD do need Acrobat to be able
to produce pdf files.
If you are rich, the easiest way is to order
This reference tool would cost you about $250.
Starting from a wide variety of format,
it would convert files into the PDF format. There is
a special tutorial to help you
convert a Web page to PDF .
- Similar to OpenOffice,
features a free
Education Licensing scheme for
student, researcher, staff, or faculty member.
You may export pdf files from
a variety of word processor
file formats such as word. Register, and download it !.
This is a most interesting solution.
- If you are running under
Windows NT Version 4 Service Pack 3 or higher or Windows 2000 SP 2 or higher
you may be able to run OpenOffice
build process is not automated with an installer.
- From Postscript :
There is a
Ghostscript version for Windows
gs700w32.exe gsv40w32.exe .
- From HTML: there is an
version for Windows.
- From Microsoft Word, a suggestion is to produce first a postscript file,
by printing to a file while selecting a Postscript printer.
Then you convert your postscript file into PDF.
- A new software has been proposed recently by a company from the Macromedia group :
RoboPDF (Price 79 $).
There is a free RoboPDF version :
the RoboPDF Home Edition offers users high-quality PDF creation capabilities for personal, at home use.
RoboPDF Home Edition is available for in-home use only,
and is not legal for commercial or government use..
Since we are a non-profit operation,
we guess it could be used by authors who are preparing all the layout.
- PDF995 is also a software for free
( with advertisements ).
TOOLS for MAC & OS2 & other OS
Ghostscript seems the best bet, but there might be other alternative.