Almost all word processing and design programs allow for PDF creation. We recommend the following:

  • Adobe Acrobat – Allows you to easily create, edit, rearrange, and publish PDFs.
  • Adobe InDesign – Traditionally used by publishers to render and format interior pages.
  • Adobe Photoshop/Illustrator – Great tools for creating graphics and rendering covers.
  • Microsoft Word – Well-known word processor that can output interior PDFs for simple-format projects.
  • OpenOffice – Open-source tools to format interior files with no up-front investment.

There are also conversion services available online. Sites like are able to convert most printable files to a PDF.