There are all kinds of PDF printers out there, but one I’ve been using for a while is Bullzip PDF Printer. It’s nice because of its simplicity, and at the same time offers various configuration options that will let you tweak it to meet your needs. My favorite feature is that this supports more than just PDF as a “save to” format, and the other types include BMP, EPS, JPEG, PCX, PNG, PS, and TIFF.
Bullzip also has printing profiles, called Option Sets, that can be created so that you can quickly switch between various print settings. As you can imagine the usefulness of this will vary from user to user, but I know a lot of people who like to put watermarks on some documents but not on others. This becomes a lot easier when you can switch between the profiles in a few clicks.
Here are some of the developer-specified features of Bullzip:
- Runs on Microsoft Windows 2000/XP/XP x64/2003/2003 x64/Vista/Vista x64/2008/Windows 7.
- Supports 64-bit operating systems.
- Direct output to the same file each time or prompt for destination.
- Control if the printer should ask if you want to see the resulting PDF document.
- Control output and prompts programmatically.
- Setup can run unattended.
- Password protect PDF documents.
- 128/40 bit encryption.
- Quality settings (screen, printer, ebook, prepress).
- Set document properties.
- Watermark text, size, rotation, and transparency.
- Superimpose/background documents.
- Appending/prepending documents.
- User interface control.
- Command line interface to all settings.
- COM/ActiveX interface for programmatic control.
- Support for Citrix MetaFrame
- Support for Windows Terminal Server
This is a free app for both personal and commercial use as long as there are less than 10 users. Personally I’m using the Beta version of Bullzip that they have available for download on their site, which was just recently released.
Bullzip PDF Printer (Windows only; Freeware)