PDF reDirect

PDF reDirect 2.5

Free
PDF reDirect allows converting any printable files to PDF documents

PDF reDirect installs on your system as a virtual printer and lets you create PDF documents from any printable file. As long as you will be able to print a file, you will also be able to convert it to a PDF document, only by using this application. Just select “Print” and then the PDF reDirect virtual printer from the list of installed printers. The interface of PDF reDirect will open, letting you preview the PDF document before actually creating it. This interface also lets you tweak some settings and perform some additional actions such as encrypt the PDF file, merge multiple files into one single PDF document, choose its name and output location, etc.

As you can see, using PDF reDirect is easy. The average users that only want to quickly convert certain files to PDF documents will surely appreciate its simplicity, its straightforwardness and the handy basic features such as the preview function. The more advanced users like me that prefer being in complete control over the conversion process and therefore are interested in getting under the hood of the application, will surely appreciate the numerous settings that this application allows being configured. The image quality, the paper size, the page orientation, the color model, the scaling – these are just a few examples of the many aspects of the output file that you can configure and control.

In my opinion, PDF reDirect is a great choice if you want a simple application to convert any printable files to the PDF format. The fact that it is free is also a very powerful argument in its favor.

Sean O'Reilly
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Review summary

Pros

  • Allows encrypting the output PDF files
  • It's very easy-to-use and straightforward
  • Lets you preview the PDF document before creating it
  • Enables merging multiple files into one single PDF file
  • Comprehensive "help" file

Cons

  • Applying stamps and watermarks is not an available feature in the freeware version
  • Setting permissions to lock the PDF file can not be done with the free edition
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