Auto-save Mode

PDFCreator can be completely automated without any further interaction using a preselected profile. You can activate the autosave mode in the profile settings on the Save tab under Automatic saving. But it only becomes effective if you connect an autosave profile to a PDFCreator printer (see Using multiple printers) and start the conversion with this printer. Furthermore you must set a target folder and a filename to predefine the location and the name of your documents.


We recommend to have at least one PDFCreator printer that keeps the user interaction for short-termed adjustments.

Since the interaction is missing, changes in the profile settings can only be made by opening the PDFCreator trough the Start menu.

Required Settings:

  1. Launch PDFCreator and click on Profile Settings.
  2. Select a profile for auto-save or create a new one with the + button.
  3. Navigate to the Auto-Save tab.
  4. Enable automatic saving.
  5. Beneath you define the target folder, where your files get saved.
  6. Navigate to the Save tab.
  7. Under Conversion you select the file format.
  8. Under Filename you set the filename template.
  9. Save the profile by leaving with Save.
  10. Click on Application Settings.
  11. Navigate to the Printers tab.
  12. Select a printer to which you want to connect the auto-save profile or create a new printer with Add Printer.
  13. Click on the Profile column of the desired printer and connect it with the auto-save profile by selecting it from the profile list.
  14. Store the settings by leaving with Save.


If you do not want your files to be overwritten, you can use tokens (e.g. <DateTime>) in the filename to get unique filenames.

Further Settings:

  • You must set all required passwords for the functionality you would like to use (i.e. security, signing, SMTP and/or FTP). You can find associated Set password buttons to predefine the passwords. The passwords will be stored by leaving the profile settings with Save.
  • In the profile settings on the Save tab under Conversion, you can choose to Show progress during conversion. That way you can keep at least a little optical feedback of the PDFCreator or hide it completely.
  • In the Open document action, you can select if the document should be opened after saving.
  • Set the log level under Application Settings -> Debug -> Logging to at least Error (this is the default value). This will allow you to check the log file for possible errors during automated conversion.