Is printing to PDF really an issue nowadays? I hadn't thought it was, and I don't see why "It’s kind of shocking that printing in Windows 8 doesn’t come with a PDF option...". The PDF (Portable Document Format) seems to have been an innovative and successful de facto
- albeit arguably constipated - proprietary standard, created by Adobe to corner a market niche. A move that that has no doubt made them pots of money. I did think that, at one point, MS might have been attempting to dominate this niche, with their (rather good) proprietary MDI format, but that seems to have rather fizzled out. Mind you, I thought they had already won the war with their machinations in the XML battles - leading to the OpenDocument Text (.odt) format.
In my view, there is no big deal about printing to PDF, and, like @tomos
, I use the excellent PDFCreator
(have done for years) - when I want output in PDF from an application that does not natively support it.
The latter point is important because many applications do
natively support it. For example, in my $10 copy of Microsoft Office 2013, Word can not only open
a PDF document as a pretty decent Word document for editing, but also it can save
a document in PDF, with all sorts of useful options, as per the screenshot below: