Release Notes

PDFCreator 4.2.0

Released 2020-11-02


  • PDFCreator 4.2.0 includes our newest PDF viewer and editor: PDF Architect 8.

  • The workflow editor view has been improved for a better overview and usability. Therefore the classic tab view of the profile settings was removed.

  • A new small wizard guides users through creating profiles.

  • The COM interface has been extended and allows better control over the execution order of actions.

  • It is now possible to add multiple files as cover pages or as attachment pages.

  • The setup now supports keyboard shortcuts.

Bugs fixed

  • HotFolder now uses PDFCreator’s direct conversion to convert PDF and PS files.

  • When restoring settings or loading from an ini file the updated application settings were not immediately displayed.

  • User tokens were not applied when switching between profiles on the print job screen.

  • Merging pdf or ps files via commandline parameter opened the merge window instead of merging the files instantly.

  • The setup lost the current PDFCreator language preference during updates.

  • A script error occurred while adding a Dropbox account.

  • The setup window could not be moved while an overlay is active.

PDFCreator 4.1.3

Released 2020-09-23

Bugs fixed

  • The offline activation in the setup was overwritten with an online activation while installing.

  • The command line parameter /RestorePrinters did not consider printers from a shared settings ini file during the restore.

  • An exception occured when using the e-mail quick action.

Other Changes

  • As announced with PDFCreator 4.0.0, the legacy setup is no longer provided. If you have not migrated yet, please consult the user guide to explore your options.

  • Command line parameters to deactivate the context menu entries or start menu entries are now available for the setup and the MSI installer.

  • Temporary files are deleted during the uninstallation.

PDFCreator 4.1.2

Released 2020-07-30

Bugs fixed

  • The COM interface could not be instatiated.

PDFCreator 4.1.1

Released 2020-07-28


  • Thanks to our translation community, we have been able to add a few new and updated languages.

  • The setup displays all languages that are available for the application, even if the setup itself is not translated to this language.

Bugs fixed

  • PDFCreator Terminal Server: The licensing service did not start properly since PDFCreator 4.1.0.

  • PDFCreator Terminal Server: It was not possible to select a local user for the license service.

  • PDFCreator Professional and Terminal Server: The creation of PDF/A with grayscale was broken. Temporarily this is fixed by using a RGB ICC profile.

  • PDFCreator Professional and Terminal Server: Hotfolder and Images2Pdf desktop shortcuts were created, although shortcuts were disabled.

Other Changes

  • PDFCreator Professional and Terminal Server: The ReadMe file on how to build the x86 MSI file is now an executable batch file.

PDFCreator 4.1.0

Released 2020-06-09


  • PDFCreator Professional and Terminal Server: This release introduces a new action to forward the print job to another profile - e.g. to convert to additional formats or multiply actions.

  • In addition to backgrounds, it is now possible to add watermarks - both with variable opacity.

  • When adding a background or watermark, the original size can be kept by disabling fit to page.

  • E-mails sent with PDFCreator can now have additional attachments.

  • Uploading to a FTP server is now possible via SFTP.

  • There is a new command line parameter which installs missing printers to sync settings and printers.

  • PDFCreator Professional and Terminal Server: The user is informed about an impending license expiration and can activate a reminder.

  • PDFCreator Professional and Terminal Server: It is now possible to deactivate the workflow overview via the group policy management.

Bugs fixed

  • PDFCreator Professional, PDFCreator Terminal Server: Under certain conditions, entering the license key in the setup could result in a crash or close the setup screen immediately.

  • The print action was not working.

  • Under certain conditions uploading files via FTP to an empty folder could fail.

  • A desktop shortcut was created even though it was deselected during the setup.

  • Downloading an update was occasionally giving an error.

Other Changes

  • In 2021 we will drop official support for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2. We do not prohibit the installation and it is very likely it will continue to work, but the releases will not be tested under these operating systems.

  • The new setup (that we introduced with PDFCreator 4.0.0) now supports commmand line parameters. Please give us feedback, if you require any other parameter from our legacy setup.

  • The COM examples were updated and improved.

PDFCreator 4.0.4

Released 2020-04-16


  • PDFCreator now uses Ghostscript 9.50

Bugs fixed

  • Fixed an error that could occur when dragging unknown file types to PDFCreator

  • Fixed cut off content when printing to paper

  • If Dropbox share links are placed in an e-mail, but the Dropbox action was placed after sending the mail, PDFCreator now attaches the files

  • Fixed an error when stamping with other modifications, e.g. adding a cover or attachment

Other Changes

  • Some temporary setup files were not removed

PDFCreator 4.0.3

Released 2020-02-21

Bugs fixed

  • Fixed a crash that could occur after converting a document

  • Fixed the offline activation which was broken in PDFCreator 4.0.2

  • PDFCreator Terminal Server: Fixed the PDFCreator License Management Service initialization for offline activation

PDFCreator 4.0.2

Released 2020-02-05

Bugs fixed

  • The Setup file size was reduced

  • Fixed a rare error that occurred when the setup was started twice in quick succession

  • Fixed wrong action order when automatic save and workflow editor are activated.

  • Prevent setup from restarting the machine without warning in case a file can’t be replaced during an update

  • Fixed a bug where the printers might not preserved during an update from PDFCreator 4.0

  • PDFCreator Business, PDFCreator Terminal Server: MSI now supports silently updating over previous InnoSetup (.exe) installations

  • After loading settings from INI files, the UI did not fully update to display all settings properly

  • Fixed a bug with HotFolder that would always send PDF files to the default profile

Other Changes

  • The setup will show a warning if PDFCreator is running to ensure the update to be completed successfully

PDFCreator 4.0.0

Released 2020-01-20

PDFCreator 4.0 brings a new setup, the workflow editor and usability improvements when printing and merging documents. Please note that the setup command line options have changed. PDFCreator now requires .NET Framework 4.7.2. This will be installed during the setup if required and should be installed already in most cases.


  • PDFCreator now has a workflow editor to define the order of actions while converting documents

  • Allow to “Convert Here” and “Merge” from the context menu

  • Adding backgrounds is now available for all output formats

  • PDFCreator can now send the whole document to the printer, including added backgrounds or a visible signatures

  • Option to sort print jobs in the merge window by date, ID or alphabetically

Bugs fixed

  • Fixed bug in merge window when trying to drag and drop a new file into the pint jobs list.

  • Files saved from the COM interface were sometimes saved generating a distinct filename, if the target file already existed. PDFCreator now writes exactly to the specified location.

  • Fixed converting files, when the filename ended with a space or a dot

  • Fixed error in merge all function when merge window was open before

  • Remove the Bug that caused the application to crash when a broken font was loaded. The Bug occurred while selecting a font for the stamping action.

Other Changes

  • New PDFCreator edition PDFCreator Professional, which is the successor of PDFCreator Business and PDFCreator Plus. Licenses for both editions are valid for PDFCreator Professional.

  • For easier understanding, the “script” action was renamed to “run program”

  • PDFCreator now uses and requires Microsoft .NET Framework 4.7.2

  • Printer drivers are signed with the current pdfforge certificate.

PDFCreator 3.5.1

Released 2019-06-24


  • PDFCreator Business and PDFCreator Terminal Server: Administrators have the possibility to enable editing of shared settings in the group policies

Bugs fixed

  • Fixed navigation to profiles tab from “Edit” in the print job window

  • After editing profiles the print job window sets the last edited profile

  • “Save” is the preselected button in the print job window to proceed immediately by pressing enter

  • Fix an error that could happen when printing a lot of files from the context menu

  • Fix “Don’t show quick Actions until the next update” which sometimes wasn’t applied

  • The lost <Last used profile> printer mapping is recovered

  • PDFCreator Business and PDFCreator Terminal Server: Fix setting passwords if print dialog is skipped

PDFCreator 3.5.0

Released 2019-05-27


  • It is now possible to send a converted file via email, smtp, ftp or similar without specifying a target directory.

  • PDFCreator now ships with PDF Architect 7

  • PDFCreator Business, PDFCreator Terminal Server and PDFCreator Custom: There is now a GPO setting to disable the History

  • Add drop down buttons in print job view for quick access to several functions

Bugs fixed

  • Error that occurs when trying to convert a secured PDF in autosave mode will not clog application.

  • Installing printers could fail without message under certain circumstances

  • Fixed some cases where HTML Signatures could be overwritten when using the mail client action

  • License will be updated immediately after activating

  • The UI now updates correctly when the switching the modify background setting on or off

  • Job History now properly updates when reseting the settings

  • PDFCreator now uses the operating system’s display language as default. Previously it would use the language from the regional settings

  • If PDFCreator can’t detect the default PDF viewer, but PDF Architect is installed, PDF Architect will be used to open the PDF file

  • When the merge window was opened, incoming print jobs could be added and processed twice

  • Fixed a bug in parsing user tokens with a certain argument in the PS file

  • Fixed an error that could appear when closing the application

Other Changes

  • PDFCreator can repair PDFCreator printers during an update if necessary

  • Added a new default profile with full encryption and password protection activated

PDFCreator 3.4.1

Released 2019-04-03


  • PDFCreator now ships with PDF Architect 7

Bugs fixed

  • The profile list is now sorted alphabetically

  • Installing printers could fail without message under certain circumstances

  • Fixed some cases where HTML Signatures could be overwritten when using the mail client action

  • License will be updated immediately after activating

  • When dragging files to convert into the UI, the drop zone will be visible

  • The filename was not saved when confirming the print dialog with the enter key

  • The UI now updates correctly when the switching the modify background setting on or off

  • Job History now properly updates when reseting the settings

  • Fixed a bug in parsing user tokens with a certain argument in the PS file

PDFCreator 3.4.0

Released 2019-02-14


  • Option to open recently converted documents in the print view of PDF Architect

  • PDFCreator Plus, PDFCreator Business and PDFCreator Terminal Server: New updates are starting to download immediately when they are available to reduce waiting time

  • Stay up to date with our new news feed in the home tab

  • Simplified setting of visible signature via position, width and height

  • Added new tokens for paths to Desktop, MyDocuments and MyPictures.

  • PDFCreator now supports PDF/A-3b

  • Every password field now has an eye symbol that can be pressed to see the password in clear text

  • A new overview to see all the changes made in the recent updates before installing

  • Users will now be warned in the UI if they try to use UserToken without activating them

  • PDFCreator Business, PDFCreator Terminal Server and PDFCreator Custom: Share settings via ini file in ProgramData folder

Other Changes

  • Mark features that are not supported by the selected output format

  • Redesign of the error report window

  • Redesign the about section to make it easier for you to find help or help yourself