This Tip is for Novell Customers using a ZENworks for Desktops environment with Windows 2000 and Windows XP workstations.
How to give users of Microsoft Windows 2000 and Windows XP the ability to create PDF documents at zero cost using open source software and distribute the solution via ZENworks!
There are many solutions available that allow users to create PDF documents, but very few that do not involve considerable cost, or involve transferring documents to a central location to be converted into PDF documents.
This is how you can do it for ZERO $$$ using open source software, and utilize ZENworks for Desktops to distribute without requiring the users to have administrative rights to their workstations.
Because the MSI supplied by the author creates multiple threads during the install, the PDF application installation fails to create the required virtual printer when delivered via ZFD with elevated installation rights. To get around this problem, you need to use the attached InstallPrinter.exe (compiled directly from the PDF Creator author's source code) and push this as a second application in an application chain, after the author-supplied MSI has been installed. Once the InstallPrinter program has been executed on the target workstation, the PDFCreator application installation will be 'complete', allowing users to create PDFs from most Windows applications (including Microsoft Word).
NOTES: To uninstall the PDFCreator application from a workstation you must use an account that that has administrative rights to the workstation.