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novaPDF Lite Giveaway

Giveaway of the day — novaPDF Lite

novaPDF Lite allows you to create PDF files from any printable document, including emails, MS Office documents, web pages, text.
$19.95 EXPIRED
User rating: 137 84 comments

novaPDF Lite was available as a giveaway on September 17, 2007!

Today Giveaway of the Day
$24.50 / month
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Recover various data from computer and flash media drive/card.

novaPDF Lite allows you to create PDF files from any printable document, including emails, MS Office documents, web pages, text. It works as a printer driver and you can print from any Windows application that supports printing - just set novaPDF Lite as the default printer and the document will be converted and saved as PDF file.

Key Features:

  • Customizable resolution - choose any resolution from 72 dpi to 2400 dpi;
  • Predefined/custom page sizes - choose a default page size (like Letter, Legal, A3, A4, A5, A6, ...) or define your own;
  • Document information - include title, subject, author, keywords in your PDF file;
  • Save options – you can set predefined settings to automatically save the PDF as well as define after-save actions;
  • Lightweight – no additional programs needed (like GhostScript) and the same setup works on both 32 and 64-bits operating systems (XP/Vista/2003 Server);
  • Multilanguage support - choose a language for the user interface.

System Requirements:

Windows 2000/XP/2003 Server/Vista (32 and 64-bits)





File Size:

1.90 MB



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This 'registry paranoia' that people are starting on around here really is laughable if it weren't so harmful to the users who just do not understand things like 'registry' and so will be scared off by stupid and irresponsible comments claiming that a couple of left over registry entries are dangerous and good reason enough to 'steer clear of installing stuff from here' etc etc.
The facts are less worrying:- the registry entries left by GOTD installers, if there are any, actually do NOTHING ACTIVE at all! and so are akin to having as one line text file sitting on your PC (harmful??).
Yes there are those paranoid people out there who will always claim to clean up your registry and how it really can be detrimental to PC performance but google it if you like, there are more who say that is all just paranoia and more damage is done by the uneducated in these matters, by trying to clean the registry and rendering their windows unusable! (Very common).
So a couple of registry entries are absolutely nothing to worry about.
I DO know what I am talking about and I am only trying to offer advice and balance to those stupid comments I read. Please do not be put off the software here, or anywhere else because you are worried about registry entries...it is just paranoia and is stupid!

Reply   |   Comment by FaeGiN  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Updating my comment #50, it appears that the conflict on my system was with novaPDF, not Go2PDF (although I still won't use Go2PDF, since it doesn't have an uninstaller). This was a critical conflict, causing Windows Explorer to hang and crash, and the novaPDF uninstaller to hang. Since doing a System Restore to just prior to the novaPDF installation, I haven't had any recurrences of the Explorer problems.

#58, check the websites/documentation for the various PDF products mentioned in these comments. I know that Go2PDF supports font embedding, but I can't recommend it. Nuance ScanSoft PDF products support font embedding, but they're not free (except when bundled with their other products).

Reply   |   Comment by Fubar  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

As for many of you who downgrade products because they have a price tag on them, Keep in mind that many Freeware programs come adware supported, how do you think they can put it out for free?

I have personally stayed away from many freeware programs because of the amount of adware that stuffs up my system, If this is a program that fits your needs, Whats 19.95 to own a copy of it. As for GAOTD putting this program up for trial,,,, Awsome stuff, Thanks GAOTD


Reply   |   Comment by Steve  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I prefer PrimoPDF personally but this is still a worthwhile addition to your software libary for free. It works well and it seemed to be very quick especially when doing the book size layout.

Web pages were a pain to render as BladedThoth pointed out but Pdf 995 also did the same glitches with CCS scripts.
This one works superbly with MS documents. I have PRimoPDF and PDF 995 and now this and if need be I can pick the best of 3 for a task.

As for paying $19.95, forget it. at $9.95 I would buy it.

Reply   |   Comment by Anton  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

To: #41

Hello Hedy:

You can find what you are looking for at http://www.foxitsoftware.com/products/ .

There are products for Windows, Windows Mobile, and Linux including a free pdf reader that can be upgraded to annotate the text (among other tasks). Sometimes my version of Adobe Reader doesn't open a file but Foxit does.

Foxit focuses on pdf add-ins and tools. There are evaluation versions available. The page http://www.foxitsoftware.com/pdf/rd_intro.php has information about the Pro pack which has a converter tool. Other items of interest for you are the Editor and the Creator tools.

As I recall, when I tried it, the annotation evaluation tool had the erase function disabled so be careful. The Foxit Reader's file is also much smaller that Abobe's.


Reply   |   Comment by Cnk  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I have been using these two reeses monkeys instead of a 800 poound gorilla Adobe's. The Gorilla keeps sitting in your machine keeps doing it's own things when you want it to open a file quick.

PDF reader, superfast, freeware: http://www.foxitsoftware.com/
PDF creator, super easy : http://www-pdfcreator.com/


Reply   |   Comment by Raj  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

For Office 2007 you can get a free plug-in from the Microsoft website that allows you to save all office files as PDF's.

Reply   |   Comment by Aaron  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I used PDF995 for many years and liked it a lot. I find this program very light weight. I couldn't figure out how to combine multiple PDF files which is a nice feature that PDF995 lets you do. Also I want to number the pages. CutePDF is on all my work computer and it works a lot like this program. I wouldn't pay for this program when there are so many free programs out there that give the same performance.

Reply   |   Comment by Aaron  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I use pdf redirect. It's very good

Reply   |   Comment by Tony  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I believe someone asked about converting only one page of a multi-page document to PDF. If you are not sure how many pages your document will be when "printed" to PDF format, you can first select Print Preview from the File menu of whatever program you are in. Look at the preview and select the page or pages you want to print. Then, select File > Print in the same program. Select novaPDF as your printer. Most print dialog boxes have a selection where you can specify only certain pages to be printed. Only the pages you select will be converted to PDF when you click the Print button.

Reply   |   Comment by VampireRat  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I don't like the way it's set up as a printer driver. I personally prefer to use Open Office (a free Microsoft Office alternative) for all of my PDF conversions.

Reply   |   Comment by Marcus  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

#49: "OCR" stands for "Optical Character Recognition."

Reply   |   Comment by Ronn!  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I think I messed that one up. Please excuse me if this is duplicate!

While there are certainly a lot of alternatives out there (I personally like pdf995 previously mentioned by Bladed Thoth - it only bothers me slightly that one gets thier sponsor page every time when using the free version), this one works ok.

I installed NovaPDF with no problems, and tested it for about twenty minutes converting a few docs and testing output with different settings, resolutions, with/without pics, and etc.

Since Bladed Thoth already did a good job of listing the same limitations I found, I'll let his review speak to those. If you just need a simple, east to use converter, just beware of the lack of font embedding. I found that the biggest shortcomming.

I'll probably uninstall it since I already use another pdf converter.

But, if the complicated process for installing PDF995 seems too daunting, and all you want is a simple converter, why not get this one? It is small enough, installs simply and safely, and it works ok within its llimitations.

Great for free, but not worth $20.

Reply   |   Comment by Hempman  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

how come when i use this it says at the bottom of the page I created "Createdh wttipth: /n/wovwaPwD.gFo Porginltee.cr a(w/ ww.novaPDF.com). Please register to remove this message." When installed it says it was registered is there anyway to get rid of that?

Reply   |   Comment by Shelly  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Now THATS more like it!

for those of you that missed it....

a few days ago I queried whether others were crashing....

after being ridiculed and having to listen to all kinds of denigrations...which I took with my head held high....thank you...

it is becoming more obvious that just maybe the registry loads that are being done by these up and coming programmers MAY...and I repeat MAY be partially the reason why there are the crashes that are happening....

now as I have said before...I don't have anything BAD to say about GOTD...in fact I like the opportunity to try new software....

BUT...a word to the wise...please start you registry editor...
RUN...REGEDIT...File...export...(All) and SAVE a copy of your registry...BEFORE you install any more of this software.....
You WILL be glad you did.....

and now back to your regularly scheduled BACKUP.....

Reply   |   Comment by Rick  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

you could also try foxit reader... small, quick and no hang time.

Reply   |   Comment by jetshock3  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Free, no expiration, no registration required, and on top of that: server edition available: http://sourceforge.net/projects/pdfcreator/
Novapdf is probably a neat product, but it's a far cry from pdfcreator which is released under GNU General Public License (GPL).

Reply   |   Comment by Dart Vader  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Sorry GAOTD,love your site,but Bullzip is better.As for #2,try Foxit PDF reader.It is under 2Mb,very lite on resources,and free.

Reply   |   Comment by ksb  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Click the print button of any document.
Select the Nova PDF printer that you set earlier in the installation.
Click “Properties.”
Click “About” and click “Register…”
Enter the name and the number you got after the installation.

Reply   |   Comment by *DGB*  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Don't take #31's advice if you are smart. This friggin' site uses activation programs that utilize the registry heavily & not all traces will be gone when uninstalled. This is a fact of many apps out there. The best apps are standalone or portable which means they have everything they need to run inside their own package. More & More developers are making apps this way because of jump drives, etc but the nice thing is that they need no installation...If you don't like it just delete it! I personally try to unpack exe's to see if I can get them to be standalone. Tired of apps leaving crap behind clogging the registry or entries still in the context menu long after the app has been uninstalled. #31 is ill-informed & should heed his own advice to shut the hell up. I see what is put in there! These apps use the registry in urecognizable keys located in oddball spots to keep people from recompiling the app into a distributable form. Ultra paranoia for programs that really aren't worth it. Much better freeware out there...

Reply   |   Comment by TauCeti  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I dont understand this novaPDF version. I have novaPDF lite 3 and installing lite 5 I dont see on my printable settings. What could be the problem?
thanks anyway for the answers!

Reply   |   Comment by Teremi Nandor  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

#41 The thing with PDFs is that you cannot normally copy and paste from them or access them to edit them, this can be frustrating to readers of PDFs but is often a blessing for writers who own the copyright and don't want them copied or edited (eg taking out the author's details or website).

The only realistic way (you could start getting character recognition scanners but it's more trouble than it's worth) therefore to edit PDFs is to write out the content yourself and create one using a utility such as this (or the excellent free one I mentioned earlier from http://pdf995.com ). You can use the free Wordpad that comes with Windows (Start > All Programs > Accessories > Word Pad) to create the content and then go to File > Print - you are not going to physically print it out here, this is how you convert it to PDF, you choose the "printer" but what actually happens is that it is converted to PDF and saved as such on your PC. To edit and change your PDFs in the future, save the Wordpad file as well. You can edit this as much as you like and then just "print" it to a new PDF and delete the former one.

I hope this helps and I love your website!!


Reply   |   Comment by Merril  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

There seems to be some confusion as to how to register the software and it is indeed perhaps the trickiest giveaway to do so, activation is NOT automatic and the program must be registered before the giveaway expires so if you haven't done so, this is what you need to do:

There is no actual program to open in today's software, it is just installed as a "printer", to register it you need to go to Start > Control Panel > Printers And Other Hardware > Printers and Faxes - find the novaPDF in the list of installed printers and RIGHT click on it then choose Properties and when in Properties click About > Register, use Giveawayoftheday as your user name and the provided code that comes up on the screen as your registration key. If you do not go through this procedure then you will be stuck with a trial version once the giveaway expires and I think some people may assume that, as always, the giveaway will automatically activate itself, which is not the case with today's program.

Reply   |   Comment by Merril  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I can't figure out where to enter the serial number so I deleted this program. I took the advise of others and downloaded cutepdf and it works great.

giveawayoftheday should explain things better. I guess they really dont care if we download or not, so long as we click the 50 million adword links they have so they make money.

Reply   |   Comment by WillieWhiteheadJr  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

My opinion,
Crapware of the day.
I can’t believe some (most) of the software being given away here lately, let alone someone is charging money for this stuff when not given away. There are far better alternatives that are freeware.
A good example for todays giveaway is Openoffice.org which does all this and more for free.

Reply   |   Comment by Dave  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

#49 -- OCR stands for Optical Character Recognition. (Just in case anyone wants to know!)

Reply   |   Comment by rjb  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

i like this program, i just converted this page into pdf lol

Reply   |   Comment by Rob X. Diablo  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Can anyone advise if this app (or any other freeware pdf converter) can be configured to embed fonts? This is important if you share docs with people who use other native language versions of windows and may not have the same fonts available. I know Acrobat can do this, but I have so far been unsuccessful in finding an alternative that allows font embedding. Suggestions?

Reply   |   Comment by zix  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Oh. There is a free way of doing this. PDF995(freeware!)

Reply   |   Comment by AJ  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

This looks like a nice little program, but if you have Windows Vista and Office 2007 (I do), you can download a FREE Microsoft plugin that allows you to save your documents as PDF. It simple, since you already have your document created and ready to save. I don't usually have to create PDF files, but when I do, that is a really useful feature, for those with Vista & Offce 2007.

You can download the plugin here, c/p it into your browser:



Reply   |   Comment by Sabre316  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

i have tried and used CIB PDF brewer
simple easy to use

Reply   |   Comment by jp  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

That GOD, but I'll pass for today. Like others I've used freeware alternatives with exactly the same functionality. I've used cutepdf.

#41, what you are looking for is called a PDF Ripper. Functionally, it is a combination of a software "scanner" and "OCR" (Optical Character Recognition) program that translates PDFs into text and matching formatting. The simplest ones "rip" to txt only, but even that is good enough for a starting point, I've been willing to reapply the formatting. Unfortunately, the freeware I've found so far is all crippleware.

So, GOD, if you happen to work with a company that does a PDF ripper, I'm sure it would be a hit on this site.

GOD, keep up the good work and ignore the whiners, most of us appreciate what you are doing for you.

Reply   |   Comment by Ron  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Set up doesn't create an .exe file or shortcut. Cant figure how to open program. Anyone know where to enter the registration number?

Reply   |   Comment by WillieWhiteheadJr  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Thanks GAOTD.
These are freeware alternatives I prefer.
I have used PDF Redirect from www.exp-systems.com/ for a while and its pretty good (you may have to use landscape for web pages though.) Also for a PDF reader check out FoxIt Reader at www.foxitsoftware.com/ opens really fast. While I sit next to my webmistress as she opens a PDF file with Adobe on her 64 bit dual core mega computer My measely 1Gb laptop can open 10 PDF files with FoxIt in the same time.
With these two pieces of software who would want Adobe's bloatware?

Reply   |   Comment by Steve  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

This programme does not support Turkish characters.

Reply   |   Comment by Nejdet ACAR  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Regarding my comment #22, I did some more testing. While novaPDF Lite lacks too many features, it does do a pretty good job of printing to PDF. Testing the same web pages with MDI, XPS, and several different virtual PDF printers, most results were visually similar, with slight differences. Most of the severe problems with web pages were due to the browsers--both Firefox 2 and IE 7 did equally horrible jobs printing web pages (and there were some differences depending upon whether Print Preview was used). Also, there were strange interactions between the browsers and the printer drivers--sometimes, both Firefox and IE would cause some virtual printer to produce huge files, but which printer it was varied between the two browsers, and some web pages rendered better on some virtual printers than others (but again, which printers varied).

One free virtual PDF printer which hasn't been mentioned, but that you should avoid, is Go2PDF. Years ago, it was recommended, and I used it, but it screwed up my Windows installation. They've upgraded it for Vista, but it still critically damaged my Windows installation, and it doesn't have an uninstaller. I had to use System Restore, which fortunately worked this time, as sometimes it simply says "cannot restore".

IE 7 users may have problems accessing BladedThoth's website; he's aware of the problem. Lest the Firefox zealots gloat, I find both browsers to be about equally buggy. When I encounter a website that one browser doesn't load or render correctly, I use the other.

Reply   |   Comment by Fubar  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

#41 - Sorry. There is no simple way to edit a PDF. You need Adobe Acrobat (not Reader), which is expensive. Yes, there are tons of utilities to turn something into a PDF, but turning it back into, say, a Word Document, or editing it as a PDF, takes money to buy Acrobat or perhaps soemthing else. If you have a scanner you could print PDFs, scan them, and then rework them to some extent in whatever program you choose to scan them into; I think the options differ with the software. Some scanner software includes "OCR." Don't know what it stands for but it attempts to turn scanned text into text you can edit in a word processing program, instead of just scanning the whole thing as a picture.

Reply   |   Comment by mmmm  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I think we have already got that once, or am I wrong?

Reply   |   Comment by tj  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

#43 - the fact that the giveawayoftheday.com website is not accurately printed in the PDF is not novaPDF's fault, that's the way the browser is sending the page to be printed - if you use the Print Preview function you'll see it shows a similar display with what's in the PDF, I think it's something with the scripts/css on GAOTD that prevents the correct printing.

#44 - do not use your own name for registering, use Giveawayoftheday as registration name if you want it to work

Also as a note, PDFcreator does not work on Vista.

Reply   |   Comment by Softland  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I used CutePDF for years and recently installed doPDF. For anyone considering either of these, here's the differences that that matter to me:

CutePDF makes you enter a document name, doPDF uses the web page title automatically (that you can change).

CutePDF's files sometimes are not copyable. If you select the text and paste it into another application, you may get graphic symbols. That's the main reason I switched.

Reply   |   Comment by rsa  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Thaaanks GOTD!

Reply   |   Comment by Barthalion  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

i am trying to register this program.
I put the code in, i put my name in and it says its invalid
any help?

Reply   |   Comment by laeeq  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Hello all! Today'1 15-Minute Review is up! Check it out!


Reply   |   Comment by BladedThoth  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Agree with 36.
Once I had to transfer MS Word document (30-40 pages) to PDF, so I desperatelly was looking for progs on web. Tried up to 10 different ones including freeware and demos, but only the PrimoPDF did the job right and nicely without creating mess in page layouts. Since then I use only it, but anyways, nice try GAOTD.

Reply   |   Comment by Ajukala  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

this is all confusing to me. all i need or want is something SIMPLE to understand that will enable me to change a PDF or get into a PDF so i can rework it and then save JUST that one page to print it out...
i downloaded this free thing but it asked for some activation code which i did not see...

help please?? i am so lost

Reply   |   Comment by hedy  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

PDFCreator as mentioned by #38 and possibly others is an awesome Freeware tool that can be obtained from SourceForge. I have used .91, .92 and .93 for a few years now and they work as a printer without any problems. It also allows printing from any appliction that can print and if you are a techy programmer, they provide DLLs so you can create software to print to a PDF directly.

Basically, go with a freeware alternative and never have to bother with the license factor. If you have Adobe Distiller, dont bother with these tools since you should already have a PDF Printer installed.

Reply   |   Comment by Tom  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I use PDF Creator and it works well for basic PDF printing, which is all I need.

I agree with the many people before me who have said "What give away the lite version?" It is free anyway so were is the value there?

Thanks for all the free software GOTD but I am a little surprised at this one. I guess everyone has an off day every now and then.

Reply   |   Comment by Ross  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Since I have been visiting GOTD, this is the first time I can say I am disappointed about the software on offer.

I agree with many comments given above.

I find NovaPDF Lite too lightweight in features to even be charged or labelled as "commercial software".

There are a lot of freeware PDF creators on the net with even better features.

Here are some:

PDF Redirect

Did not even install it after checking the differences between Lite, Standard and Pro at their site.

However, it may be useful to someone else.

Reply   |   Comment by Increase  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I agree with number 36, I use PrimoPDF for over a year now and it works great.

Reply   |   Comment by Leo-rcc  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

No disrespect intended for GAOTD, but PrimoPDF has been free for a while and does a great job!


I've used it for 6 months now with no problems.

Reply   |   Comment by TheInformer  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
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