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Current Issue (Issue 144)

Thought of the Week:- "The mind grows by what it feeds on."
This time, I am covering 2 free PDF conversion tools, through which one can convert any printable file type into PDF file. PDF is a unique, cross-platform file format that allows for precise representation of documents. By converting to PDF, one can see the documents exactly as intended, with all the fonts, formatting, and graphics intact.

PrimoPDF:- http://www.primopdf.com Free (10 MB). Sourcecode also avaliable. Windows 98 onwards.

PrimoPDF allows to create PDF files from any printable document (.doc, images, text, web pages etc.). It installs as a virtual printer and is accessible from any program that offers a Print option. In addition to the standard features, it also offers the ability to optimize PDF output for printing to standard laser printers or for onscreen viewing. No watermark is added to the document, no limitations. The features are:

Print to PDF from virtually any application.

Optimize PDF output for print or screen.

High-quality PDF creation.

Advanced versions with more features are also available with the option of free trial download.

PDFCreator:- http://sector7g.wurzel6.de/pdfcreator/ Open Source (8.4 MB). Windows 95 onwards.

PDFCreator is a free tool to create PDFs easily from nearly any application. With the PDFCreator Printer driver you turn any program into a PDF-machine. It also offers multilingual support, so anyone who wants to contribute a language can edit one text file and enjoy his own language.


Site of the Week:- http://www.newseum.org/index.htm

This is an interactive museum of news. The special feature of this website is Today's Front Page, where one can view the front page of more than 250 newspapers from 139 countries. New Delhi editions of Hindustan Times and Indian Express are also included in the list. It creates an interactive map, where one can navigate and select the region/country to view the newspapers from that region/country. The News Museum- Newseum is physically located near Washington. It is a 6 floor building, where all these newspapers are kept as an exhibit.

That's all for this week. See you next week.

Madhuresh Singhal