How to Install CutePDF Writer

Written by nick davis
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CutePDF Writer is a freeware software application for creating Portable Document Format (PDF) files. PDFs can be viewed on a variety of platforms, and CutePDF is capable of creating a professional-quality PDF that can be used for e-mailing, printing or uploading to a website. The program can be downloaded in a few minutes and installed on a PC running Windows XP or Vista.

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    Downloading CutePDF & The Free GPL Ghostscript

  1. 1

    Visit (see Resources section for link).

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    Click on the link "Free Download (1.6MB)." A box will appear asking, "Do you want to run or save this file?" Answer with "Save." The download will start.

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    Go to the page on CutePDF's website to download Ghostscript (see Resources). Look for the "You can get the free GPL Ghostscript 8.15 here" sentence and click on "here." The download of the free GPL Ghostscript is required for the CutePDF program.

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    Save the GPL Ghostscript file to your desktop.

  5. 5

    Exit your Internet browser and close any open programs before running the CutePDF set-up program.

    Setting Up CutePDF and Ghostscript

  1. 1

    Double-click on the "CuteWriter" icon on your desktop.

  2. 2

    Click "Next" on the screen that says "Setup---CutePDF Writer." Then click on the button next to "I accept the agreement" on the "License Agreement" box.

  3. 3

    Click "Install." The CutePDF set-up will run. Click "No" to the "CutePDF Writer Setup" box that will appear next asking "would you like to download the converter." You have already downloaded the converter. Once the set-up is complete, a "readme.htm" file will appear in your Internet browser. Read this file or print it.

  4. 4

    Double-click on the "converter" icon on your desktop (it will have a black "g" as its icon).

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    Click "Setup" on the right side of the "WinZip Self-Extractor---converter.exe" box. Another box will appear and then disappear. The set-up is complete, and CutePDF is ready for use. CutePDF installs itself as a printer, and this allows any Windows program to create a PDF.

Tips and warnings

  • If your Internet connection is dial-up, save the file to your desktop and run after it has downloaded.
  • You must download the Free GPL Ghostscript for CutePDF to work.
  • Run the CutePDF set-up first and then the converter-set-up program.

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