Convert all your WordPerfect files to PDF with Adobe's CreatePDF
Aside from the bloated carcass that is Photoshop, and the CPU-taxing nightmare that is Flash, Adobe is also known for the slimline, efficient and easy to use Acrobat and Acrobat Reader, applications for authoring and reading PDF files. Who am I kidding? Acrobat is pretty much the most complicated, slow and cumbersome way to do anything with a PDF, which is why I’m skeptical that Adobe’s CreatePDF for iOS will even work.
The $10 universal app takes files of many formats and converts them to a PDF. If this sounds familiar then that’s because we have recently seen two other apps which do the same and more, for less money: Print to PDF lets you convert anything to a PDF using the standard iOS print dialog, and also automatically catalogs web pages and emails. The other, PDF Converter, also ties in Dropbox support and converts several formats that Adobe’s app won’t, including Pages and Keynote files.
CreatePDF works through the “Open In…” dialog, letting you send documents ready to be processed. Once done, you can use the same method to get the PDFs out, or you can mail them. No Dropbox or other storage option is supported.
That said, you get proper PDFs from supported formats, including preservation of links in converted Word docs (PDF Converter loses these) and also support for Adobe’s own Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign file formats. Here’s the full list:
MS Word (docx, doc), Excel(xlsx, xls), PowerPoint (pptx, ppt)
Adobe Illustrator (ai), Photoshop (psd) and InDesign (indd)
Images – JPEG, BMP, PNG, GIF, TIFF
RTF, Text and WordPerfect
OpenOffice and StarOffice documents
Maybe I’m being tough on Adobe for its desktop crimes — the mobile Apps, like the excellent Adobe Ideas, are way better and more focussed than what has come before. And until there’s one perfect PDF app that will convert all file formats, it looks like we’re stuck using a handful off apps. At least iOS has folders, I guess.