Drivers Evaluated: 1) BullzipPDF, 2) CutePDF, 3) PrimoPDF, 4) GIRDAC, 5) NitroPDF, 6) PDF995
My official findings:
- All PDF creators are your standard Print Driver type of process.
- They each have their own printer icon in the Devices and Printer dialog.
- Each supports the Print Range batch process with the exception of CutePDF. (I did get a message from the CutePDF folks that they are working on an update that will fix this issue.)
- Most all do require the support of Ghostwriter, which will need to be installed prior to the PDF driver.
- All but one, you will need to babysit the process because they force the user to respond to their SAVE dialog box for each view selected.
- BullzipPDF is the only driver configurable to turn off the SAVE dialog. It will use the default naming conventions.
- Naming of the PDF:
- CutePDF and BullzipPDF will append the name of the PDF as: PATH_PROJECTNAME_VIEWNAME. So you will have an ugly, long name like: C_MyPDFsFolder_Project Name_View Name.pdf.
- PrimoPDF and PDF995 will append the name a bit better: PROJECTNAME_VIEWNAME. Nicer in that you don't have all PATH data included.
- GIRDAC's PDF Creator actually forces you to name each PDF processed as you go.
- NitroPDF is the nicest for naming in that it just grabs the VIEWNAME.
- GIRDAC's PDF Creator and PrimoPDF want to install other apps, so watch your prompting interface as you go through.
- PDF995 will throw-up (yeah, I meant to use that word cuz that is what it looks like on my screen) "Sponsor Commercials" with each PDF SAVE that you do. Ever hit somewhere on the web and all-of-the-sudden all these pop-ups take over your screen? Yeah, it looks like that. Complete 'show-stopper' for me.