For many, it's not easy to produce PDFs, though. They could buy Adobe Acrobat, but they can't justify the expense for the number of documents they'd convert in a year. They could do it in LaTeX, but that requires a bit of skill they don't have time to develop.
I recently discovered another approach that many may find easier. Parsewiki takes structured plain text and turns it into various formats: DocBook, HTML, or LaTeX. Then, if you have a DocBook toolchain installed, you can create PDF files quickly. That's doable on Windows, and it seemed trivial on Linux. It's not the tool you want for bigger documents, but it may work quite well for you for the one- or two-page memo or summary you'd like to produce.