Simple and streamlined, this is a useful application–if you don’t mind being pestered with pop-ups. PDF995 uses the open-source GNU Ghostscript utility to convert any document file into PDF format. During testing, we were impressed with the program’s conversion speed and the quality of the converted documents. The program works seamlessly, installing a “virtual” printer for converting documents. When you want to convert, you simply choose “Print” in any application (Microsoft Word, for example) and the application converts the document. PDF995 does not allow you to configure settings to your preference, however, such as security or compression options.
Another frustrating “feature” is the two-part download that requires separate installations of the printer driver and free converter. The slew of advertisements and pop-ups also get pesky during use. As freeware, PDF995 isn’t a bad choice for those who need a standard tool for PDF conversion and don’t mind a bit of advertising bother.
WHAT’S NEW IN VERSION 12.2
Create PDF files from any application by simply selecting the print command. It is easy to customize your PDF995 output: preview documents, combine files, change page orientation, add “Confidential” stamps, create PDF stationery, adjust image resolution, summarize documents, convert PDFs to several image file formats, create batch print jobs from Microsoft Office applications, and choose from several file-naming methods. With PDF995, you can easily encrypt or digitally sign your PDF documents. PDF995 uses Microsoft Cryptographic technologies to give you 128-bit DES encryption, offering a high level of protection for all your Internet communications, including legal documents and financial transactions. Signature995 employs Microsoft digital certificate technologies to create and validate digital signatures.