3 ways to convert docs to PDF format

As I was writing my CV and Cover Letter to apply for a job, I realized it would be great to have them in PDF format. There are a couple of reasons you may want to have it that way:

  • It looks a lot better: neat and clean
  • It’s very portable. I mean people using different operating systems and reading programs have the same experience.
  • A while ago John, a volunteer I worked with, said I should have every document in PDF format. Why? Because the government body that he managed in the UK the year before that sent a document in Word format and people saw all the changes through the “Track Changes” feature. It was rather embarrassing because many of the changes looked silly. You don’t want to be in the same situation, do you?
  • Etc.


For quite a while, OpenOffice has allowed us to export documents to PDF format. It’s extremely easy to do and costs absolutely nothing. File –> Export as PDF –> Done!

But if you’re on Microsoft Office, there’s no reason to install yet another office suite just to have a small feature.

Google Docs

It’s the Web that makes our life easier. Google Docs does the same thing as OpenOffice, letting users export documents as PDF files. File –> Download File As –> PDF –> Done.

However, Google Docs lacks a lot of features that MS Office and OpenOffice have to offer. Your PDF file may look nice but you need to work harder on the original version to achieve the result. What to do?


PDFOnline [http://www.pdfonline.com/] is a service that allows you to upload documents to the site and a few seconds later you will receive your PDF file in your mailbox. Simple?

Even better, there are Doc2PDF, PDF2Doc, and Web2Doc. The names are quite explanatory. Years ago I tried to search for a piece of software to do just that and now PDFOnline seems to have the right solution: Free and Online.

The downside of PDF Online is, for me, it required performing the conversion process time and time again until the PDF CV and Cover Letter looked exactly as I wanted. Also, if you’re editing your file on the go, and want to see it “PDFed” simultaneously, more clicks are needed. But the result is very fulfiling: you’ve got what you want.

Alright, what are you waiting for?

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4 Responses to 3 ways to convert docs to PDF format

  1. Dan says:

    You forgot the most common: many new PCs in Vietnam come preinstalled with pirated copies of the Adobe suite :)

  2. AnhHung says:

    lol, i respect Intellectual Property. :) In Vietnam you can get everything for free, free as free beer hahaha

  3. Deepa Govind says:

    I no longer have MSOffice, So its open office for me.
    Love it.. with its pdf conversion.

  4. AnhHung says:

    I’m no longer with MS ;)

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