Both PST and PDF are the most common and widely used file formats used by users today. While PST is the file format supported by Microsoft Outlook, PDF is the file format supported by Acrobat Reader. Though they are far different from each other, but both are very powerful file formats of their respective fields. Still, there are situations when users need to convert emails from Outlook PST to PDF Adobe documents. Let's explore more about both file formats and their conversion solultions.
PST (Personal Storage Table) is the native file format of MS Outlook and is recognized by all its editions, starting from Outlook 97, 98 to the latest Outlook 2016 (both 32 and 64 bit). It's a personal Folder file that contains all the emails, contacts, notes, tasks, journals and all other details of a single Outlook user account. Read More...
If you explore more, you'll find that there are two types of PST files : ANSI and UNICODE. So what are these files and how they are different from each other? ANSI PST files are supported by the earliest edition of MS Outlook – 97 to 2002. The storage capacity of an ANSI PST file is limited to 2GB and if a file exceeds this limit, it may become unusable and gives an error message ".pst has reached maximum size limit" or may get corrupted completely.
To overcome this problem of 2GB limitation, Microsoft came with UNICODE PST files that are supported by Outlook 2003 and all above editions. Outlook 2003 and 2007 editions have storage capacity of 20 GB which increased to 50 GB with Outlook 2010 and all above editions (for both 32 and 64 bit) editions.
Note : You can't open a UNICODE PST in earlier Outlook editions as it is not compatible with them.
PDF (Portable Document Format) is a file format that is used to present, exchange and share documents in an independent manner. Invented by Adobe, A PDF file consists of text, images, hyperlinks, buttons, videos, audios, form fields. Only one application is needed to open PDF file, i.e. Acrobat Reader, and is free from any other software, hardware and operating systems requirements. Read More...
A PDF captures all the elements of a document in exactly the same way as it appeared in the application it was created in that can be easily viewed, printed, shared with anyone. A PDF file will look the same in all devices, whether you open it in a Windows machine or a Mac machine. The advantage of using PDF files is the assurance it provides that the intended user will view the document exactly as you want them, irrespective of their system configuration.
Benefits offered by a PDF file
You will find numerous methods to create PDF from PST files. You can adopt anyone acccording to your feasibility and requirements. Manual method to convert PST files to Adobe PDF, via MS Outlook has been given below :
Outlook 2010 and above editions allows you to manually export Outlook emails to PDF, which can be accomplished using the following steps :
After the process is finished, view the converted Outlook emails in Adobe Acrobat as emails (now in PDF format). All the attachments will be shown as hyperlinks. Click on these hyperlinks.
Disadvantages of Manual Method :
As you have seen that manual method needs some prerequisites to be followed for getting the desired results, which at times are unable to be followed. So, its better to use some easy method and what better option than using a third party application that will serve your purpose of exporting email from Outlook to PDF without any conditions. PST to PDF Export Tool is such a utility that works independently and needs only PST files for execution. There are no special requirements to have MS Outlook or Acrobat Reader or any other software installed on your system to convert Outlook folder to PDF. It also supports batch mode, which means you can convert your 'n' number of PST files to PDF, in a single cycle.
All other benefits offered by the PST to PDF software are as follows :
Download the free trial edition of PST to PDF Export Tool and get complete evaluation done, completely FREE. Use the demo to export first 20 emails from PST file to PDF that will be enough to know its working capabilities. To batch convert PST files to Adobe PDF document, you'll need to purchase the licensed edition of the software.