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Windows 7: How can Win 7 use very old Adobe Acrobat Distiller 5 on home network?

30 Apr 2015   #1
glnz

Dual boot - Win 7 Pro 64-bit and Win 10 Pro 64-bit
 
 
How can Win 7 use very old Adobe Acrobat Distiller 5 on home network?

OK - I'm nuts.

On my old still-working XP machine, I have Adobe Acrobat 5 and its Distiller 5 (from 2001). They work - I'm used to them. I can "print" to Distiller and make a pdf.

Now, on my home network, I have a new PC dual-booting Win 7 Pro SP1 64-bit and Win 8.1 Pro 64-bit. I have almost nothing on that machine, as I haven't had a chance to migrate anything from the old XP to the new dual-boot.

The other day, I had a web page up on the new Win 7 machine, and I wanted to "print" it to pdf. I tried to "find" the XP's Acrobat Distiller 5 as a new printer in order to "print" to it over the network, but the Win 7 machine asked for an *.inf driver installer file. Turns out that Acrobat Distiller 5 is so old, it has no *.inf driver installer files at all.

Is there anything I can do so that the Win 7 machine can "print" to Acrobat Distiller 5 on the XP machine?

If not, is there a way to "print" to pdf on the Win 7 machine nicely and for free (and not have to buy a new Acrobat from Adobe)?

Thanks. (Hey - do I win a prize?)


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30 Apr 2015   #2
Berton

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit, Windows 8.1 64-bit, Mac OS X 10.10, Linux Mint 17, Windows 10 Pro TP
 
 

As I recall Adobe's Distiller had to be installed on each computer for it to show as a printer.

I just tested Save page as and chose .xps to save in Documents. Then I double-clicked the file to open in XPS Viewer which I could then print. That file could be copied to other computers. XPS came with my Win7, haven't installed either of my printers yet.
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30 Apr 2015   #3
Indianatone

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate and numerous virtual machines
 
 

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30 Apr 2015   #4
glnz

Dual boot - Win 7 Pro 64-bit and Win 10 Pro 64-bit
 
 

Berton - Thanks. However, my xps viewers seem not to work, anywhere.

Anyway, would still prefer to print to pdf, nicely and for free.

What's the best and easiest?
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30 Apr 2015   #5
Anshad Edavana

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

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Anyway, would still prefer to print to pdf, nicely and for free.

What's the best and easiest?
Download and install "Foxit PDF Reader" as others said. Despite the name, it supports PDF creation and will install a virtual PDF printer on your system.

Free PDF Reader | PDF Viewer Download | Foxit Reader
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01 May 2015   #6
glnz

Dual boot - Win 7 Pro 64-bit and Win 10 Pro 64-bit
 
 

Indianatone and Anshad - thanks.

Will the free Foxit PDF Reader let me add form fields to a pdf (like my ancient Acrobat 5)?

If not, is there a free pdf maker that does?
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01 May 2015   #7
Indianatone

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate and numerous virtual machines
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by glnz View Post
Indianatone and Anshad - thanks.

Will the free Foxit PDF Reader let me add form fields to a pdf (like my ancient Acrobat 5)?

If not, is there a free pdf maker that does?
Don't know for sure. Would suggest you download and try it out. It is a very capable bit of free software.
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