Creating PDFs — The Smart Way
Having tried a bunch of PDF writers like Acrobat Standard itself, and PDF Creator, PDF 995, Desktop PDF etc, many of which sit as Acrobat Distiller printer modules, here is a simple tip.
Simple. Get Open Office (download for free), open your Microsoft Office file, and "Export as PDF". Done.
It works superfast, no need to muck about with printer options, no Acrobat-like updates or missing DLLs or your typical bag of ancillary woes, and some pretty snazzy options about lossless or JPEG compression. The PDFs created are pretty lean too.
Open Office of course has a bunch of other benefits and a nearly MS-Office-like interface, but that's for another day.