Convert files to PDF using Adobe Reader

Adobe Reader X features nifty integration with that lets you quickly convert many types of files to PDF. At last count, many popular formats, including the following, are supported for conversion:

  • Adobe PostScript (PS) and Encapsulated PostScript (EPS)
  • Adobe Photoshop (PSD), Adobe Illustrator (AI), and Adobe InDesign (INDD)
  • Microsoft Excel (XLS, XLSX), Microsoft PowerPoint (PPT, PPTX), and Microsoft Excel (XLS, XLSX)
  • Text (TXT) and Rich Text Format (RTF)
  • Image files (bitmap, JPEG, GIF, TIFF, PNG)
  • Corel WordPerfect (WPD)
  • OpenOffice and StarOffice presentation, spreadsheet, graphic, and document files (ODT, ODP, ODS, ODG, ODF, SXW, SXI, SXC, SXD, STW)

To walk you through the process, let me convert a PowerPoint presentation to PDF. (Simply click any of the screenshots below to view them full-size.)

  1. In Adobe Reader X, select File > CreatePDF Online.
  2. In the Create PDF Files area in the right pane, click Add File and then select the file that you want to convert to PDF. I selected Sample_presentation.pdf.
  3. Click Convert and, when prompted, sign in using your credentials (Adobe ID). Adobe Reader uploads the file to CreatePDF Online and then converts it to PDF. The converted file is saved online by default.
  4. To save the converted file locally to your computer, click Retrieve PDF File. Adobe Reader displays the CreatePDF repository in a browser window, so that you can work with it.
    • Select the newly-created PDF file (in my case, Sample_presentation.pdf) and click Download. Save the file to a local directory.
  5. Note that you can also use the online CreatePDF view to combine multiple PDF files. Now, isn’t that cool?

    I’m sure you’ll love these new Adobe Reader features! For more information, refer to this Help article.

Tutorial article on designing interactive PDF forms

In 2010, I contributed a tutorial article on designing interactive PDF forms using Adobe Acrobat/LiveCycle Designer to the IEEE Professional Communication Society Newsletter. Later, STC’s Intercom published a version of this article revised for Acrobat X.

Read the Intercom version of the article at this link.

As always, your feedback is welcome.