Foxit PDF Creator has just been released!
Foxit PDF Creator is a small, fast and easy PDF creation tool that converts any type of printable Windows document, including DOC, XLS, PPT, TXT, E-MAIL and even HTML, to a universally accepted PDF format with the click of a button.
Foxit PDF Creator is a virtual printer that allows any application with printing capability to generate high-quality PDF documents conveniently and efficiently. Like the popular Foxit Reader, Foxit PDF Creator is designed specially based on the same Foxit core PDF technologies. With powerful search ability and high-performance PDF displaying and processing, it is small, fast and accurate for converting any popular file formats to professional quality PDF files. Once installed as a print driver, it enables you to create reliable PDF files at an incredibly fast speed while retaining the look and feel of the original documents. It supports Windows 2000/2003/XP/Vista (32-Bit) and is compatible with PDF standard 1.7. It doesn't support Vista 64-Bit at present.
There are many tools available for creating PDFs using a virtual printer. The created PDF may look same, but they are very different under the hood:
Search ability: Many PostScript-driver based PDF creation tools create PDFs without character encoding information. Therefore it's not possible to do a search in the resulted PDFs. Even though you can look at all those characters, you can't search them. Foxit PDF Creator retain all character encoding information, so you can search it, extract it, and convert back to pure text document.
Display and process efficiency: Many PDF creation tools break text contents into individual characters, causing some performance issues for displaying and processing. Foxit PDF Creator groups texts with similar "display attributes" together, which improves performance when the PDF gets displayed or processed.
File size: Many PDF creation tools require all or many fonts to be embedded with the PDF file, resulting in bigger file size for the PDF. Foxit PDF Creator can reduce the file size for many documents.
Speed: Many PDF creation tools adopt a two phase creation procedure: first print to PostScript language, then convert to PDF, not only is some information lost during the process, but it also takes more time. Foxit PDF Creator directly creates PDFs from any printing application fastest among all current PDF creation tools.
Accuracy: Many PDF creation tools don't handle complicated Windows drawing features like transparency and the generated PDFs are not identical to the original documents. Foxit PDF Creator processes all Windows drawing functions so your PDF is always same as your original document.
Compatibility: As developer of popular Foxit Reader, Foxit Software knows PDF standard very well. This ensures that PDFs created by Foxit PDF Creator will have the best result in any standard PDF reader.