What’s new in PDFCreator?

PDFCreator 3.1.1

Released 2018-01-05

Bugs fixed

  • When updating the translations for PDFCreator 3.1.0, as few languages were accidentally removed and have been added again
  • Assigning the last used profile to a printer did not always work
  • When changing the profile in the print job window, the output folder could be set to empty if it was not configured in the selected profile
  • If the filename or folder contained illegal characters, an error was raised when clicking the browse button (...) in the print job window

PDFCreator 3.1.0

Released 2017-12-19

Improvements

  • Quick actions: After converting a file, you can now optionally perform actions like opening the file or sending a mail. You can configure if you want to see this screen.
  • File history: PDFCreator shows a list of the most recently converted documents and allows you to open or send these files.
  • PDFCreator Plus, Business and Terminal Server: Notifications for auto-save: When converting a file in auto-save mode, you can now optionally get a notification in the tray area. This can be configured to be shown on successful and failed jobs or just for failed ones.
  • Command line: PDFCreator now accepts command line parameters to set the output file and the profile
  • It is now possible to confirm the save dialog with the enter key
  • User tokens in text fields now are shown in the preview with temporary values
  • The E-Mail actions now support CC and BCC fields as well
  • The timeout for the HTTP action can be configured now
  • Tokens are now available in the PDF signature fields Reason, Location and Contact
  • PDFCreator now uses Ghostscript 9.22 and (in the free version) iText 5.5.12

Bugs fixed

  • PDFCreator is now able to invoke a print job for a lot more file formats, even if a UWP App is registered as default viewer
  • Title replacement: Searching and replacing text is now case-insensitive
  • After loading settings from ini files, the settings could not be saved anymore
  • Under certain circumstances, a runtime error could happen during the setup
  • PDFCreator Terminal Server: Under some circumstances, the activation service could not be installed successfully
  • PDFCreator Plus, Business and Terminal Server: When a connection to the license server is not possible, PDFCreator sometimes could delete a valid activation
  • PDFCreator Business and Terminal Server: When uninstalling the MSI setup, there could be an error under certain circumstances that would cause the MSI to abort and perform a rollback, which would install PDFCreator again
  • Thanks to your error reports, we could fix some additional bugs

Known issues

  • Ghostscript 9.22 does not always produce valid PDF/A files. As the previous Ghostscript version we used (9.19) had problems with special characters in paths, we had to upgrade the version. This only affects PDFCreator Free. In PDFCreator Plus, Business and Terminal Server, we are able to fix the issues with a commercial library we are using.

PDFCreator 3.0.3

Released 2017-11-09

This release fixes a few problems with PDFCreator Terminal Server, Business and Plus.

Bugs fixed

  • If the license has reached the number of allowed machines, a runtime error was displayed instead of a meaningful message
  • PDFCreator Terminal Server: The licensing service now also activates when started, to prevent problems with servers that are cloned from a master image.

PDFCreator 3.0.2

Released 2017-10-11

Bugs fixed

  • Use the last save directory if no folder is set in profile
  • Allow to miminimize the print job window
  • Avoid exception for too long path in print job window
  • Consider tokens in profile check for script file
  • Fixed restoring and loading settings
  • Fixed a few NullReferenceExceptions that occurred under different conditions
  • Fixed a few InvalidOperationExceptions that occurred under different conditions
  • Fixed an IOException when detecting if PDF Architect is installed
  • Thanks to your error reports, we could fix some additional bugs

PDFCreator 3.0.1

Released 2017-09-21

Bugs fixed

  • There was an exception under certain circumstances on english systems that was fixed.

PDFCreator 3.0.0

Released 2017-09-21

For PDFCreator 3.0, we have analyzed every aspect of the user interface works and have redesigned the application to make it as intuitive and easy to use as possible without diminishing the rich feature set of the application.

Important announcement

  • PDFCreator 3.0 requires the .Net Framework 4.5.1 and therefore Windows Vista or above. Windows XP is no longer supported. If you need Windows XP support, please use PDFCreator 2.x instead.
  • PDFCreator Plus, Business or Terminal Server: The way PDFCreator is activated has changed. Usually, this should not cause any trouble. If you should receive the error that the activation limit was reached though, you can reset your activations in the license server: http://go.pdfforge.org/pdfcreator/activation-limit-reached

Improvements

  • The user interface has been completely redesigned to make it as good looking and accessible as possible. The amount of clicks a user has to perform should be reduced while moving things to the expected places.
  • Auto save and interactive conversion are now defined as first thing when configuring a profile, as the completely changes the behaviour of the profile.
  • You have been able to configure accounts in some place in the PDFCreator profiles already (i.e. SMTP server and FTP server). This has been moved to the application level. You can now configure an account once and use it in multiple profiles.
  • The merge window has been redesigned to provide more information on the documents in the queue.
  • The title replacements are now easier to configure. The logic also has slightly changed, as most users just used it to remove things from the print document titles. If you want to actually replace it with another value, you have to use regular expressions now.
  • To match the new modern layout, PDFCreator 3.0 comes with a new logo and a redesigned test page
  • Wherever Tokens are supported, there is a token button now to give access to the tokens available
  • A new send action has been added to send the converted files via HTTP to a web hook
  • Triple-clicking a text box will now select the whole text, even if it contains multiple words.
  • The defaults for the settings were reconsidered. We now use the strongest available encryption for PDF files by default and also have reasonable security settings. When a PDF is protected, the default is now to allow to open and print the document, but not to allow any modification.
  • PDFCreator 3.0 is available in 29 languages now. We would like to take the opportunity to thank all translators and to welcome the new translations Estonian, Hungarian and Romanian.

Bugs fixed

  • PDFCreator Plus, Business or Terminal Server: When accessing the COM interface from a 32 bit process on a 64 bit machine, you could receive an exception. This was because the PDF Tools library we use for these editions is required to match the process architecture. This has been fixed.
  • If the default viewer could not be opened, other action were not executed as well.
  • Print jobs sometimes appeared in random order in the print queue. This has now been fixed and they appear in the order they were processed in the Windows print queue.
  • The COM samples have been further revised to match the current state of the application and to work out of the box whereever possible.
  • Together with the redesign, we have fixed a lot of smaller bugs that are not listed individually here.

Known issues

PDFCreator 2.5.3

Released 2017-06-26

Bugs fixed

  • Solved COM issues in .Net. See Use COM from .Net
  • Fixed creating PDF/A, signing, adding background and encrypting via COM
  • Adjusted and repaired COM samples
  • Thanks to user reports, we could improve the detection of UserTokens in documents
  • Retry signing PDF files if time server is temporarily unavailable
  • ‘/NoIcons’ parameter for silent installation to disable desktop link

PDFCreator 2.5.2

Released 2017-04-19

Bugs fixed

  • Fixed a bug that could cause PDFCreator to lose settings profiles when many print jobs were converted in auto-save mode
  • Fixed an UnauthorizedAccessException that might occur while closing PDFCreator
  • Fixed references in C# COM samples

PDFCreator 2.5.1

Released 2017-02-17

Bugs fixed

  • Fixed recipient in the e-mail client action with Microsoft Outlook.

PDFCreator 2.5.0

Released 2017-02-16

Important announcement

  • PDFCreator 2.5 will be the last version to run on Windows XP. Further versions of PDFCreator will run on .NET 4.5 and require at least Windows Vista SP2 or Windows Server 2008 SP2.

Improvements

  • PDFCreator Plus and Business: Processing (encryption, signing, PDF/A conversion) done via PDF Tools libraries.
  • PDFCreator Plus and Business: 256 Bit AES encryption
  • Show Dropbox share link after conversion.
  • Single share link (folder) for Dropbox upload of multiple file documents.
  • Improved translations for faster loading, plural forms and stable defaults.
  • E-Mail client action keeps Outlook font settings (with enabled HTML).
  • HTML support for e-mails via SMTP.
  • Enhanced PrinterHelper for a more stable installation, removing and repairing of printers.

Bugs fixed

  • Better detection of Print/PrinTo associations for Windows 8 and above. This unfortunately was changed by Microsoft in an undocumented and incompatible way.
  • Refuse encryption of PDF/A and PDF/X (comply with standard)
  • Use PDF Version 1.7 for PDF/A-2b (comply with standard)
  • Thanks to your error reports, we could fix some unexpected exceptions.

Known issues

PDFCreator 2.4.1

Released 2016-11-22

This is a maintenance release which fixes a few problems that were discovered in PDFCreator 2.4.0.

Bugs fixed

  • Fixed a few exceptions that could happen when starting PDFCreator. Among them there was one exception that always appeared when printing a file from the context menu.
  • Microsoft has changed the way applications can find out which files are printable. For Windows 10 apps (like the Windows Photo app), there is no way to print files automatically. In addition, the current Microsoft APIs don’t know this though. We have added a workaround that does not make PDFCreator crash in this case. You still need to make another application the default for images to print automatically though.
  • Terminal Server: An exception was fixed that could occur when saving the license for all users

PDFCreator 2.4.0

Released 2016-10-11

Important announcement

  • PDFCreator 2.4 will be the last version to run on Windows XP. Further versions of PDFCreator will run on .NET 4.5 and require at least Windows Vista SP2 or Windows Server 2008 SP2.

Breaking changes

  • The COM interface has been moved to the file PDFCreator.COM.dll. If you are referencing the PDFCreator.exe, you now have to reference the PDFCreator.COM.dll. If you are using the object name, no changes will be required. The interface itself did not change.

Improvements

  • Dropbox integration allows to upload files to Dropbox and add shared links to your mails
  • Default metadata: You can now define templates for all metadata fields including subject and keywords
  • Business: PDFCreator can now extract user tokens from the source document and use them for the conversion. See User Token.
  • Terminal Server: The licenses on a Terminal Server are now managed per machine to allow users to float between servers in a server farm
  • We did a major architectural redesign, which will allow us to change this faster in future and also greatly increases the application performance
  • Updated to Ghostscript 9.19, which seems to be the most stable version available at the moment
  • When inserting a new license key, you can now optionally transfer it to all other users on the machine

Bugs fixed

  • Only certain characters are allowed in the Stamp feature. PDFCreator will now filter invalid characters.
  • Sometimes a DirectoryNotFoundException occurred when converting a file. This should be fixed now.
  • Title replacements were broken for the InputFilename token
  • PDF/A files became very large and couldn’t use RGB colours. This was fixed by the Ghostscript update
  • The COM method SetProfileByGuid did not work
  • PDFCreator could not be run from a guest account
  • The tokens NumberOfPages and NumberOfCopies could contain wrong values
  • When settings were set in HKU\.Default, PDFCreator would not initialize the profiles
  • PDF Architect was always installed in silent mode
  • There was a bug that caused the license check to fail on Turkish machines
  • When converting jobs with mixed page sizes and orientations, they did not always persist. This was fixed by the Ghostscript update.
  • Plus the usual round of small fixes

PDFCreator 2.3.2

Released 2016-07-18

Bugs fixed

  • Fixed a bug with providing defaults for all users. If a few settings were present in HKU.DEFAULT, PDFCreator would initialize the user settings without profiles except the default profile.

PDFCreator 2.3.1

Released 2016-06-28

Improvements

  • Attached error logs for our crash report system
  • The free PDFCreator now uses different advertisements during the setup, that are not affected by false alerts from anti-virus software

Bugs fixed

  • Clean up thread does not delete current job folders anymore
  • Direct conversion of PDF files determines the number of pages
  • Checking if spooler is running crashed if spooler did not exist for some reason
  • Fixed crashes while loading installed PDFCreator printers
  • Ignore case of file extensions for drag and drop

PDFCreator 2.3.0

Released 2016-02-29

Improvements

  • The improved shell extension has better support for multiple files and a filter for non convertible files
  • Enhanced title replacements with regular expressions
  • Improved Drag & Drop: Simply drop printable files on the program link or on a PDFCreator Window.
  • When dragging PDF files (e.g. for merging) to PDFCreator, they are converted directly instead of being printed
  • The merge window displays the total number of pages for print job
  • A new license tab in the application settings makes managing the license more comfortable
  • If an existing file cannot be overwritten, PDFCreator requests a new name instead of determining one
  • If the the input filename is not provided, the according token does not remain empty. Instead it sets the print job name.
  • Fresh new setup image.
  • In the unlikely event that PDFCreator should crash, you can now send us the crash report online
  • The languages Swedish, Slovenian, Estonian, Gaelic and Valencian are available again

Bugs fixed

  • The compression of TIF files was always set to LZW. The profile setting was ignored.
  • Renaming printers could change the primary printer
  • The option “last used profile” in the printer mappings was set correctly but not displayed
  • Shortened file paths were potentially still longer than the Windows limit

PDFCreator 2.2.2

Released 2015-12-10

This is a maintenance release of PDFCreator 2.2.1.

Bugs fixed

  • PDF Architect was always installed as default application even if it was unselected during the setup.
  • Sometimes the pdfcmon had problems determining the WinStation- and Username.

PDFCreator 2.2.1

Released 2015-10-29

This is a release that fixes two problems found after the release of PDFCreator 2.2.0.

Bugs fixed

  • An uncaught Exception could occur when the main window was open while a print job was printed and the profile settings were opened in that print job
  • The pdfcmon contained a bug that would cause PDFCreator not to be run under certain circumstances

PDFCreator 2.2.0

Released 2015-10-26

In this release, we have closed over 180 issues from our tracker and added many improvements and fixes.

Improvements

  • PDFCreator Plus for Business now can be controlled by fully managed group policies
  • The E-Mail button now allows to send a mail without specifying a location on the hard drive
  • We have added a lot of tests and did some refactoring to improve the stability and allow to better share the code base between PDFCreator and the Server
  • Includes Ghostscript 9.10 (patched by pdfforge). This seems to be the version with the best compatibility
  • Improved documentation on the COM interface with information on the differences between PDFCreator 1.x and 2.x
  • The COM interface no longer is marked as “Beta”
  • The COM interface has some new methods to clear the queue and to query the metadata of a print job
  • The PDFCreator settings can now be fully initialized in der Registry with the parameter /InitializeSettings
  • TXT was added as output format (but don’t expect any magic, it’s still just a text file)
  • PDFCreator now stores the settings under HKCU\Software\pdfforge\PDFCreator instead of HKCU\Software\PDFCreator.net, which is the more compliant way. The old settings are migrated automatically.
  • When a new update is available, you now also have the option to skip this single version. You will not receive further notifications until the next version is available.
  • There are two new Tokens that can be used: <NumberOfPages> and <NumberOfCopies>
  • The command line parameter /PsFile allows to add a PostScript file directly to PDFCreator without the need to print it
  • The Temp files and the Spool folder are now stored in the same folder in the Temp path to have a single point to clean up
  • This releases now works with the brand new PDF Architect 4

Bugs fixed

  • PDFCreator could not convert files that were merged from many print jobs (>300)
  • When the system culture was set to Turkish, PDFCreator could have problems during the setup and conversion
  • Ghostscript has problems with unicode characters in paths. PDFCreator tries to work around this wherever possible.
  • There could have been some files left in the program files folder after uninstalling PDFCreator
  • Fixed a bug that could cause the file extension to be wrong when converting through the COM interface
  • Some conditions where the translations could not contain proper information (i.e. with placeholders) are checked automatically now
  • When replacing tokens, the result can have been unexpected for certain (uncommon) inputs
  • The title replacements could have been ordered in a way that can cause problems (i.e. .doc before .docx lead to ‘x’ at the end of the title). This is resolved automatically now.
  • The /RegFile parameter of the setup led to an error on Windows 7
  • Due to Ghostscript bug, PDF/A files could have been corrupted when the color model was RGB. This is now forced to CMYK until the bug is fixed in Ghostscript.
  • Under certain circumstances, Windows needs a reboot after installing the .Net Framework 4.0. This is now detected by the setup.
  • Under rare conditions, there could have been an Exception with the message “Object synchronization method was called from an unsynchronized block of code”. We have added checks to prevent and (if it should still occur) catch it.
  • PDFCreator Plus: The automatic downloader did not always clean up the downloaded setups. This is fixed now.
  • If there is an unexpected exception in the application, it will now be logged properly
  • Plus the usual round of minor tweaks and fixes

PDFCreator 2.1.2

Released 2015-06-04

Improvements

  • Includes Ghostscript 9.16
  • Due to a Ghostscript bug, the default PDF version was raised from 1.4 to 1.5
  • New FAQ entries

Bugs fixed

  • The working directory of the script action was not the script path
  • Occasional occurring System.UnauthorizedAccessException
  • Defective transparency could turn the pdfforge flame in the print job window to black and break the layout
  • Some related UI elements had slightly different sizes

Known issues

  • We have seen problems with opening a mail client from PDFCreator with Windows 8 and Thunderbird. The MAPI32.dll method just fails. This disappears when the Log level is set to Debug, without observable reason.

PDFCreator 2.1.1

Released 2015-04-01

Improvements

  • The JobID token now holds the Windows print job id. This is not unique over reboots though. The counter token remains always unique.
  • The COM Interface now has a method PrintFile, to call the Windows Shell commands to print a file with PDFCreator.

Bugs fixed

  • The save file dialog was still not on top in some cases, when the PDFCreator window was skipped. We thought to have fixed this, but there were more conditions where this could occur.
  • PDFCreator could crash when no settings were present in the registry for the current user.
  • Changing the metadata in the print job window did not work, the final document contained the defaults
  • Fixed a bug in the UI where the resampling for color and monochrome images could not be set separately
  • Loading settings from an INI file did not work
  • PDFCreator Plus: There was a bug in HotFolder. When creating the folder for converted documents inside the watched folder, it was converted infinitely.

Known issues

  • We have seen problems with opening a mail client from PDFCreator with Windows 8 and Thunderbird. The MAPI32.dll method just fails. This disappears when the Log level is set to Debug, without observable reason.

PDFCreator 2.1.0

Released 2015-03-19

Improvements

  • You can now choose between PDF/A-1b and PDF/A-2b
  • The PDF settings now show which PDF version is used. PDFCreator always uses the lowest possible version for compatibility reasons
  • Added keyboard shortcuts in the Merge print jobs window
  • The button to merge print jobs is now always enabled and implemented as red button among the others
  • Extended use of floating UI components to better adapt to screen sizes and resolutions
  • Many refactorings to prepare the codebase for the PDFCreator Server
  • PDFCreator Plus now contains HotFolder, which allows you to watch several folders and automatically convert the files with PDFCreator

Bugs fixed

  • The save file dialog was not on top in some cases, when the PDFCreator window was skipped
  • The rotation was not right when adding a background with the PDF rotation flag set.
  • There is a bug in Ghostscript when creating PDF/A files and the Temp folder contains special characters. This is circumvented by PDFCreator now.
  • Plus the regular round of smaller fixes and improvements

Known issues

  • We have seen problems with opening a mail client from PDFCreator with Windows 8 and Thunderbird. The MAPI32.dll method just fails. This disappears when the Log level is set to Debug, without observable reason.

PDFCreator 2.0.2

Released 2015-01-22

Improvements

This is a maintenance release which only fixes bugs that were found in PDFCreator 2.0.1.

Bugs fixed

  • The COM Interface was not registered as TLB and was thus not shown in the list of references in Word and Excel
  • In some circumstances, Outlook may be opened even if another mail client is set as default.
  • Two exception could occur when many instances of PDFCreator were started at the same time

Known issues

  • We have seen problems with opening a mail client from PDFCreator with Windows 8 and Thunderbird. The MAPI32.dll method just fails. This disappears when the Log level is set to Debug, without observable reason.

PDFCreator 2.0.1

Released 2014-12-16

Improvements

This is a maintenance release which only fixes bugs that were found in PDFCreator 2.0.

Bugs fixed

  • When PDFCreator was started while another instance was closing, it might have occured that partial profiles were loaded, resulting in profiles with empty names and default settings
  • The tokens <PrintJobName> and <PrintJobAuthor> were replaced with the values from <Title> and <Author>, but should have contained the original print job values
  • Images in HTML Mail signatures were not preserved
  • Reverted to Ghostscript 9.14 due to some bugs in Ghostscript
  • When creating printers with the space character in the name, multiple printers with partial names were created
  • COM: A bug prevented to regain the COM access after it was released
  • COM: GetProfileSetting contained a bug and did not work properly

Known issues

  • We have seen problems with opening a mail client from PDFCreator with Windows 8 and Thunderbird. The MAPI32.dll method just fails. This disappears when the Log level is set to Debug, without observable reason.

PDFCreator 2.0

Released 2014-11-27

We are happy to release PDFCreator 2.0 after two years of hard work and one year after the first preview version. We hope that the transition from the 1.7.x branch to 2.0 will run smoothly and that you will enjoy this new version.

Improvements

  • The initial folder of the save dialog can now be predefined instead of always using the last folder
  • You can now choose if you want to add background pages to cover or attachments as well
  • When creating E-mails in Microsoft Outlook, the COM interface is used instead of the generic MAPI, which allows to preserve signatures
  • PDFCreator checks the profiles for problems. This could have taken very long, if a lot of network drives were involved
  • PDFCreator now also loads environment variables from the volatile environment
  • The User Guide now contains more information and cross-references
  • PDFCreator now only required .Net 4 Client Profile
  • The setup now supports a proxy server for internet access
  • The script action can now configure if PDFCreator should wait for the script to terminate
  • Signed PDFs can now be configured to allow multiple signatures

Bugs fixed

  • The setup now checks if PDFCreator still is running when updating or removing the application.
  • The output files did not always have the expected permissions, as they were moved from a temp folder. Now the files are copied and thus get the parent folder permissions.
  • The COM interface was not properly registered for 32 bit applications
  • PDF/X files were created with an invalid color model

Known issues

  • We have seen problems with opening a mail client from PDFCreator with Windows 8 and Thunderbird. The MAPI32.dll method just fails. This disappears when the Log level is set to Debug, without observable reason.

PDFCreator 1.9.5

Released 2014-08-28

This release is the first release of PDFCreator 1.9.x that is not considered a beta version anymore. If everything goes well, this is the last version before PDFCreator 2.0 will be released.

Improvements

  • The user guide is much more detailed on how to use the COM interface
  • When Outlook is the default E-mail client, PDFCreator now uses the ActiveX interface to open Outlook instead of the MAPI. This is more robust and does not make Outlook wait in the background until the mail is sent
  • Under some circumstances, the spool folder of some users ended with very restrictive permissions that wouldn’t allow PDFCreator to read the print jobs. PDFCreator now detects this and offers to fix this permission issue
  • If no language is set, PDFCreator tries to find the best matching language based on the Windows interface language
  • There is a new command line parameter /ManagePrintJobs, which makes PDFCreator start with the print job list opened. This allows to collect multiple print jobs and then proceed with auto-save
  • When using auto-save, the user can now control if existing files may be overwritten
  • The script action now also takes tokens in the path and parameters
  • The Title can now be customized with tokens as well
  • PDFCreator 1.9.5 is now available in 10 languages. If you language is missing, you can help translating PDFCreator here: http://translate.pdfforge.org
  • Includes Ghostscript 9.14
  • PDFCreator Plus: There is now an offline activation feature that allows to install PDFCreator Plus even if there is no internet connection or connecting to the license server fails

Bugs fixed

  • When a Ghostscript error occurs, PDFCreator created an empty or broken output file and processed all actions. Now a message is shown instead and the error is logged.
  • The print after save action did not show all system printers, but only PDFCreator printers
  • Compression for TIFs was disabled
  • Sometimes the controls for the PDF encryption strength were not updated when changing profiles
  • When the script action contained characters that are not allowed in Windows paths, the Window crashed due to an uncaught exception
  • Environment Variables from the volatile environment on terminal servers were not loaded properly, which could result in PDFCreator using the wrong temp folder

Known issues

  • We have seen problems with opening a mail client from PDFCreator with Windows 8 and Thunderbird. The MAPI32.dll method just fails. This disappears when the Log level is set to Debug, without observable reason.

PDFCreator 1.9.4

Released 2014-07-11

This update completes the transition to Windows Presentation Foundation and could be the last beta on the way to PDFCreator 2.0.

Improvements

  • All Windows are now in WPF
  • Added lots of unit tests
  • If temp files are created in the wrong temp folder (i.e. due to an encrypted file system), PDFCreator now moved them to the correct place
  • It is more obvious now how to merge multiple print jobs
  • The first translations were added
  • It is now possible to use Tokens for the FTP upload
  • Better error reporting, when PDFCreator should crash (but it does not, of course ;-))
  • Sample scripts for the COM interface
  • More documentation on the COM interface in the user guide

Bugs fixed

  • Under some circumstances PDFCreator would not find previous print jobs
  • A few typos found by our translators
  • The COM interface was not properly registered

Known issues

  • We have seen problems with opening a mail client from PDFCreator with Windows 8 and Thunderbird. The MAPI32.dll method just fails. This disappears when the Log level is set to Debug, without observable reason.

PDFCreator 1.9.3

Released 2014-04-17

This update adds more testing and a few improvements, some of them not visible directly.

Improvements

  • Converting a large document to an image format will now create file names in a sortable way (i.e. Doc001.jpg to Doc100.jpg)
  • Allowing to skip the printing dialog a directly go to the save file dialog
  • When applying page backgrounds (watermarks) you can now define how the pages will be applied when the background PDF has multiple pages. This is useful for having a cover page with a different layout than the rest or if you would like to have odd and even pages with different backgrounds
  • We have moved most Windows from the “old” Windows Forms technology to Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF), which allows scalability on systems with other screen resolutions and better testing of UI components. The two settings dialogs will be converted with the next release. This required to move the project to .Net 4.0
  • There is now an option to manage pending print jobs (merge, reorder, delete)
  • The COM interface is back in a very basic version. This will grow over the time. For now, the interface will change in future versions. Once it has stabilized, we will introduce proper COM versioning
  • Includes PDF Architect 2.0 as optional component

Bugs fixed

  • It was possible to use illegal characters in FTP paths.
  • A few typos found by our translators

Known issues

  • We have seen problems with opening a mail client from PDFCreator with Windows 8 and Thunderbird. The MAPI32.dll method just fails. This disappears when the Log level is set to Debug, without observable reason.

PDFCreator 1.9.2 (Preview Version 2)

Released 2014-01-31

This is the next iteration towards a stable PDFCreator 2.0 and brings fixes and improvements.

Improvements

  • Ability to add pages before and after the actual document
  • Background pages can now be applied with different modes, i.e. first page of the background on the first page, the second page on all other pages
  • Drag & Drop: When printable files are dragged to a PDFCreator window, they are automatically printed to the PDFCreator printer
  • While leaving the settings window the settings are now checked for problems
  • Application Icon in 256x256 resolution
  • Reworked post processing of PDFs. All processing steps (background, signing etc) are now done in one go, resulting in faster conversion
  • Stamps and Background page can be configured to be applied to first, last or all pages

Bugs fixed

  • The stamping font was not always used properly, when the name was different from the PostScript name of the font.
  • Temp files were not always released and remained in the temp folder for some time
  • Synchronization problem with auto-save. The job result was evaluated in some circumstances before it was finished, which was displayed as error
  • Under some circumstances, the output files may have been saved in the wrong folder while trying to find a unique filename
  • The PDFCreator printing window was placed below other windows when the main window was shown already
  • The default title replacement settings had doc before docx, which caused an ‘x’ to appear at the end of titles for docx documents

Known issues

  • We have seen problems with opening a mail client from PDFCreator with Windows 8 and Thunderbird. The MAPI32.dll method just fails. This disappears when the Log level is set to Debug, without observable reason.

Still missing

  • COM interface to automate PDFCreator (work on that has started)
  • A way to manage pending print jobs (will start after the release)

PDFCreator 1.9.1 (Preview version)

Released 2013-11-14

This is a restart and a completely new development with the philosophy of our old PDFCreator. It is an improvement in design, features and user-friendly handling.

There are some things still missing, that are available in the classic PDFCreator:

  • A way to manage pending print jobs
  • COM interface to automate PDFCreator
  • Lots of testing on different machines (that’s why we are releasing it now)