PDF software can be extremely sophisticated — with a price to match. But sometimes you just want to create a simple PDF document that others can open and view. PDF ReDirect Freeware is a simple PDF creator from EXP Systems. It creates and merges universal PDF documents with no restrictions, watermarks, size limits, ad banners, pop-ups, nags, or similar limitations.
PDF ReDirect opens with its Help file displayed as well as a list comparing its features with its shareware version. Like many PDF creators, PDF ReDirect appears as an option on the Printer menu when you select the Print command from a document. It’s a simple setup that keeps tools compact, but PDF ReDirect doesn’t offer a mere properties sheet or enhanced print dialog for selecting your output options; it has an actual interface that you can also open (along with Help file, uninstaller, and more) from the program’s Start Menu folder. The interface is colorful and a bit busy, and you can’t drag the partitions to enlarge the various sections, but you certainly get a lot more choices that we’ve seen in similar apps. Not only does the main view have quite a few settings, but PDF ReDirect’s Preferences offers still more, including General Preferences as well as Properties such as Fonts and Custom Paper Size. We could even choose between Basic and Advanced printer settings. We created a new text document, saved it, and then opened PDF ReDirect by clicking Print. Following its easy steps, we saved our document as a PDF that subsequently opened normally in Adobe Reader. A button to create a new PDF from the program’s user interface would be nice but hardly necessary for most jobs.
While PDF ReDirect’s user interface isn’t the most intuitive we’ve seen, the mere fact that it has one sets it apart from the competition. Front to back, PDF ReDirect Freeware offers much more in features and options than most free PDF tools based around the Print command. PDF ReDirect Professional is available for users who like the freeware but need more features and options, such as batch processing and encryption.