Improvement: Optimizes terminal server features
The PDF24 Creator 8.0.2 mainly optimizes features, which are relevant for the usage on terminal servers and multi-user environments. The optimizations also fixes some potential bugs in these features.
The PDF24 Creator 8.0.2 mainly optimizes features, which are relevant for the usage on terminal servers and multi-user environments. The optimizations also fixes some potential bugs in these features.
The PDF printer could not be used together with Word, but with other software. The PDF printer was available in the list and could be selected, but after selection, the list view was curiously empty. I think other Microsoft products have the same behavior. We have fixed this issue. If you use the PDF24 Creator 8.0.0 then you should update to the new version 8.0.1.
The auto save feature could not overwrite existing files. If a file with the same name was already available, then a new unique name was generated under which the file was saved. Sometimes, overwriting existing files is desired and therefore we have added an option by which you can control that behavior. The option can be changed in the settings pages of a PDF printer.
Version 8 brings back some functions of the tray icon which were present in some older versions of the software. You can right-click the tray icon to open the context menu and then you can see all the functions of that icon.
The new PDF24 Creator installs and uses the latest Ghostscript 9.19 and the changes of this Ghostscript version are automatically part of this PDF24 Creator version.
The screen capture function can copy captured screen images to the windows clipboard. When you use this feature you will now get an information box after the image is available in the clipboard.
The PDF24 Online PDF Tools (https://tools.pdf24.org) are now accessible from the PDF24 launcher. We have added a new tile in the app. The user can now get faster to the tools. You can disable this new tile via the DWORD value NoOnlinePdfTools=1 in the config.
When you assemble a new document, which means when you drag images from one file to an other one, then you could not see from what file a specific page comes. The new PDF24 Creator shows that information in the tooltip of the page element.
The new progress bar has the ability to visualize a new state which is used if an operation takes longer than expected. The new mode is used after a specific time limit exceeds. The user then can see, that the operation takes longer than expected.
The file list of the file tool (file context menu -> PDF24) now shows file icons. This makes the tool friendlier and users can better distinguish between the files.
File operations of the file tool (file context menu -> PDF24) can be canceled by hitting the cancel button. The cancel button stops the whole operation and not only the current action. If an operation is consisted of a lot of actions, then you could click a lot of times until you would get the whole process terminated. The new behavior is better and easier to understand which makes the tool more attractive.
The batch processing mode of the file tool has been optimized so that it is now easier to use this tool. The operation window is now shared between the particular actions. Opening and closing new operation windows is no longer necessary. The benefit is a smoother process without the annoying opening and closing of windows. This makes it possible that the process can run in the background and you could do other tasks in the meantime. All the changes makes the tool ready for batch processing of multiple files.
There is now a fax profile which you can use if you want to save a PDF file with the quality of faxes. If you need a PDF files for faxing then you can use the fax profile which generates a PDF with a quality level of faxes. The new fax profile can be enabled/disabled by the config key NoFaxProfile (DWORD) [0, 1].
Under a Windows system with multiple users it can be possible that a print job of one user can block print jobs of other users. If that happens, only an admin can unblock the printer by deleting the blocking job. This new PDF24 Creator can do this automatically. The config key DeleteJobsWithError (DWORD) [0, 1] can be used to enable and disable this feature. The feature is currently disabled by default. If you need that feature you can set DeleteJobsWithError=1 and then print jobs with errors will be deleted so that no print job can block others.
The pdf24.exe can now run as a Windows service which has some nice advantages. Running as a Windows services fixes some multi-user issues
from older versions. This Windows service is then the server for all PDF printers. All print jobs are handled by this service and gets redirected
to the user where the GUI application opens. This fixes several issues. If e.g. a user has stopped his pdf24.exe process then the service can
restart the pdf24.exe for the user so that the user can get his print job. This was not possible in older versions and if a user had stopped his
pdf24.exe then the print job could not be redirected to the user which resulted in a print job stalling in the printer queue.
If you still need the old behavior, then you can switch back by setting ServerPerUser (DWORD) [0, 1] in the application config. The PDF24 service can then be stopped.
The assistant contains a new tile to print a document in the cloud. When you click on this tile, then the document will be transmitted to the PDF24 cloud print service app where you can print the file using a cloud print provider. This function can be disabled by the config key NoCloudPrint (DWORD) [0, 1]. Simply set NoCloudPrint=1 and the new tile is no longer available.
The new Creator loads files a lot faster than older versions. We could eliminate the pre-loading step which gives the main performance boost. When you switch to version 8 you will notice that files now loads really quick and you will see the preview a lot faster. This helps you to work a bit faster with the Creator.
The preview mode of the file explorer in the creator now loads preview images faster. Older versions could also have some special issues with the generation of the images and this version fixes that.
The PDF/A standard can't have security enabled. The PDF24 Creator handles that and does not apply security settings when PDF/A is selected as the PDF version.
We have added some more status texts to the installer so that you can now ollow the installation better.
We have optimized the time estimation of some operations in the application. The progress bar of these operations should now be more realistic. If an operation takes longer than expected, then the progress bar switches over to the new special mode to visualize an unknown end time.
We could also accelerate the print function due to parallel processing of tasks. The print function is now often twice as fast.
We have optimized the merge function and we could accelerate the process a bit. Merging of files should now be a bit faster.
The operating system limits the command line to a number of characters. When you process a lot of files, then this limitation could cause an unexpected result. We have optimized that and now you can process as many files as you like. You can now e.g. use the file tool (file context menu -> PDF24) with hundreds of files to batch process them. Windows explorer limits the number of selectable files to 100. If you would like to process more files with the file tool, simply copy all files into a folder and open the file tool on that folder. All files in that folder will then be used in the file tool.
There where some issues with the file name determination under multi user environments. Sometimes a file name of a print job could not be determined if more than one user was logged in to the system. We have investigated the reason and we found the problem. The bug is now fixed and version 8 should provide the right name of the print job.
The file list of the file tool could flicker a bit when the GUI was used. We could find the reason and we have fixed that.
Language files are now up to date, but there are still some language keys which are not translated. We will update the language files with newer versions after we have finished our translation tasks.
The operation window could run into a deadlock under some special circumstances. This problem is fixed.
Case insensitiveness eases the usage of the doctool and that's the reason for this change.
Online converter requests can now contain more than one file. The latest version of the online converter can process multiple files per request and this version of the PDF24 Creator uses this feature to submit more than one file if required. You no longer need to submit every single file, in order to get your files converted to PDF online.
Tooltips of hidden function in the launcher came up when the user moved the mouse in the window. If you had e.g. disabled the fax function (NoFax=1) then the tile of this function was no longer present in the window but the tool-tip was still be shown when you moved the mouse above the actual position of the tile. This was a bug in our layout engine and we have fixed that.
Normally, the last used output profile is selected in the profile selection list view on the next start of the application. If the last used profile is no longer available then no profile was selected. We have optimized that behavior and now we select an other profile instead.
The 150 DPI option of the PSD output filter was broken. The problem is fixed now.
PDF passwords with umlauts were not encoded correctly so that a secured PDF file could not be opened with the same password. This version fixes this bugs and you can now use umlauts in your passwords.
We have fixed an issue regarding file icons. Sometimes file icons could not be shown in the GUI. We have overworked relevant code parts and we could fix that issue. If you have problems with invisible file icons, then update to version 8.
The Assistant and the compression tool now supports CTRL+V to add files. Drag & drop support was already available in older version and CTRL+V is now a second option.
The compression tool now accepts all file types and not only PDF. Everything what can be converted to a PDF file can be compressed with that tool. If a file is not a PDF file then the compression tool converts the file first and compresses afterwards. Users do no longer need to do that manually.
We have added the compression tool to the assistant so that you can send the printed PDF file directly the the compression tool to tune the size of the PDF file.
A file can now be dropped to the PDF24 Launcher. The Launcher then sends the file to the Creator where you can do something with the file.
The config key EmailInterface can now be globally set in the application config section under the registry path HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\PDFPrint and HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\PDFPrint respectively. It's a bit easier for companies to set the option there instead of setting it for every user separately.
We have extended the PDF printer installer application. We have added two new commands to install a driver only and to set a config of an existing PDF printer. We have also added a fax config profile which is now used for the fax printer which should improve fax results.
We have implemented a new shell file context menu extension. We no longer use the cascading file context menu. When you open the context menu in your Windows Explorer you will see the PDF24 menu entry. When you hit that menu entry then a special PDF24 GUI opens where you can select a tool to run. This new mechanism is better for the PDF24 Creator. We are now a bit more flexible, we do not fall under the Windows limitations and extensions are easier to add.
We have improved the PDF printer description to fix custom paper size and orientation issues. We have also added new paper formats.
We have overworked the multiple file loading feature in the creator. The creator no longer pops up after each file loaded. Only the last loaded file brings the creator to the foreground so that you know when the last file is finished. The creator can now work in the background and you can do other things in the meantime.
When you save a file with the Save As dialog you can set document information like author, title and keywords. The document information section can be enabled and disabled. If this section was disabled, the created PDF file often contained an automatically generated author field based on the windows user name. We have modified that behavior and we no longer use that automatically generated author information.
The auto rotate pages option of the Save As dialog is no longer always enabled by default when you save a PDF file with the Creator. This option was enabled by default in earlier versions, but in some situations it's better to disable that. A lot of users forgot to disable that option after they have applied a custom rotation and so they got a final PDF file with an automatically applied rotation which could be wrong. We have optimized related parts and we now disable that option automatically when the user uses a custom rotation.
The initial focus of the Save As dialog is now on the continue button so that you can hit the enter button to continue if you do not want to make changes in that dialog. A lot of users informed us that this would be a nice improvement for a future version for those who want to work a bit faster here.
A file already in the list of the compression tool can no longer be added again. You could do that in earlier versions but that was rather disadvantageous than beneficial.
Since our compiler changes the debug console could no longer handle line feeds correctly. The debug console could not be used with that bug. We have analysed related parts and we have fixed that issue and now the console prints out correctly.
Printing a range of pages could cause an app crash due to a logik bug in the page selection code. We have fixed that problem. Printing of the whole document and printing of selected pages worked as expected without errors.
There was a minor bug in the auto save feature when using an output profile for file types like PNG, JPEG or other image file types. The produced filename still contained a suffix.
Settings of the PDF Printer page are now automatically applied when you change the current PDF printer or when you add a new one.
The new variable $printerName can be used in the auto save configuration. This variable will be replaced with the PDF printer name on which was printed.
We have added the new PDF24 mail interface which you can use as alternative to the other ones. The other interfaces requires a locally installed mail application such as Outlook to send mails. A lot of users do not use such an email client. That's the reason why we have added the PDF24 Mail interface. This is a online service which can be used to send mails with PDF24.
You can now enable/disable components via the registry settings under HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\PDFPrint or HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\PDFPrint.
The flag NoUserOverride can optionally be used in the printer service settings to prevent users from overriding the configuration of a PDF printer.
You can select the application which opens when you print on the PDF printer. There is an option for the Creator. Sometimes the assistant opened instead of the creator because of a bug in the tool selection function. We have fixed that issue.
We have added support for multiple PDF printers. The changes of the software were a bit larger but now the feature is available. The installer installs you one PDF printer. More PDF printers can be added via the PDF Printer settings page. There you can find a PDF printer manager where you can manage and configure your PDF printers.
This version brings some minor improvements and fixes. The following have also been changed:
The new Outlook OLE email interface did not set the subject of the new mail object. The older MAPI interface does that. We have changed that, so that the subject is now the same as in the MAPI interface.
We have fixed some issues with the GUI's. The Creator e.g. lost the maximized state at startup or when a new document was available. Sometimes the GUI's did not get activated when a new PDF was printed on the PDF printer, especially when the application was minimized. We have fixed several issues here.
A right click on PDF24 tray icon opens the context menu of that icon. If you clicked elsewhere on the screen to close the context menu, the PDF24 Launcher always opened. That was a bug and we have fixed that behavior.
We have optimized the print feature of the Assistant and the Creator. The new version is a bit faster (sometimes twice as fast), shows a better status and fixes an issue with the "Print multiple copies" options.
The print action of the assistant did not applied the selected profile, so that e.g. the digital paper has not been combined with the actual file. The problem is fixed.
A click on the embedded image of the application windows could crash the application. We have fixed that so that a click on the image now behaves correctly.
We got some new translated texts and we have update the corresponding language files. Five language files more are now up to date.
We have optimized the user defined area mode of the screen capture feature again. We have seen some more places where the tool wasn't that robust.
There was another small bug in the GUI engine which we have fixed in this version. The TAB key can normally be used to move the focus between the input fields but the bug caused an application crash instead.
The Creator has a small bar at the bottom of the application window which was sometimes not visible so that you got odd GUI effects. We have fixed that problem in version 7.6.1.
This version brings the new email interface Outlook OLE as an alternative. The new interface requires an installed MS Outlook on your computer. Older versions can only use MAPI as interface but MAPI has some issues when Outlook is the mail software. New Outlook Emails created via MAPI does not add signatures automatically. That's bad for users because they have to do that manually. The new Outlook OLE interface fixes that problem. You can switch to the new interface by changing the corresponding option in the settings. The new interface does not work if Outlook is not installed.
We have tuned the Screen Capture feature a bit because users reported some odd effects with the new GUI. Sometimes the GUI was visible after the Start button has been hit. This version fixes that. We have also slightly extended the GUI.
In some cased the GUI engine had a problem to calculate the correct windows size. The size was sometimes some pixes to high which resulted in odd rendering effects. We have fixed that problem.
We have overworked the generation of PDF-X and PDF-A files which was incorrect in the last versions. Files generated with last versions did not pass all validation checks. We have overworked the relevant parts so that this version generate better files. You have to pay some attention with respect to the color model. You can select the model when you save a PDF file. When you want to generate a PDF-A file then you have to choose an ICC profile. The intended color model of that profile must match the selected model in the Save As dialog. Example: If you select an ICC profile which requires CMYK then you also have to select the CMYK color model in the dialog in order to generated correct PDF-A files.
The Launcher is now a central element in the PDF24 Creator. The launcher is a small tool where you can see all the
available tool of the PDF24 Creator (Creator, Assistant, Compression Tool, ...) and where you can open it. The PDF24
Creator contains several tools and now you have a tool which list all them and where you can open these tools.
Older setups installed you some icons in your windows so that you could open the PDF24 tools. This new version does not install these old icon shortcuts because we now have the new launcher. Now, the installer only installs you one icon shortcut which opens the launcher where you can open a specific tool.
We have extended and optimized the GUI engine so that we can now do some more things with that engine. We have improved speed, fixed some layout bugs and added new features. You can now also use the TAB key to move the focus between input text fields. The overall speed of the new GUI should be better.
We have extended the PDF printer description so that you now can now also choose the paper format ArchE1.
You can now drag & drop files into the file list of the assistant. You can drag & drop every file which can be converted to PDF. The file will be converted to PDF if the file isn't already a PDF file and shown in the list so that you can perform actions on that file.
We have added Ukrainian, Slovenian and Norwegian to the installer.
We have improved and extended the screen capture feature which is build in. We have added a GUI for that feature which helps
to take screen captures. The GUI opens when you click on the screen capture button within the new Launcher. There you can select a mode
and a target and you can start taking a screen capture.
The user defined area mode now supports multiple screens. You can select an area on each available screen which is connected to your computer. You can now also cancel the user defined area mode by hitting the ESCAPE key. We have also optimized the visualization of that mode. When you enter, you will notice the new light white transparent overlay on your screen. When you select a rectangle with your mouse, then we redraw that selected area without that overlay so that you can easily see what you have selected.
We have also overworked the tray icon because the new features of this version made some of the functions located in the tray icon redundant. When you right click on the tray icon you can open the context menu of that icon. You can no longer do that with a left click. We have stripped-down that menu and we have removed all elements except the open and close one. A double click on that icon now opens the new launcher mentioned above.
The color is no longer the odd blue one because that does not fit into the design. We have changed that to a light gray. This is now also consistent with the PDF compression tool.
When you export a document as an image file format, then the exporter creates a new directory where the pages gets stored. Each file in that directory represents a single page of the exported document. When the document itself only contains a single page, then you will now get a slightly different behavior. In this single page case the application now uses a second step which removes that directory and which saves the single file under the name of that directory, directly as image file. That is what most users desired.
We have improved the PDF printer behavior in case of selecting the right tool for the printed file. If the assistant or creator is the foreground window than the printed file will be opened there. If both tools are open and none of them is the foreground window than we choose the tool depending on your settings. If only one tool is open, then we load the file there.
We have updated and extended all language files. Some parts of the language files are still untranslated. If you like the PDF24 Creator and if you have some spare time then you could support this project by translating some text elements. There are some easy to read language files in language folder of the software which you can open with a text editor. Send us your translations so that we can update our files.
A user has reported a bug that his application goes into background when he prints on the PDF printer. We have analysed that and we have fixed the relevant part which causes that. Now that should no longer happen.
You can join you files by the PDF24 context menu option. This join feature lets you select the output file. When the output directory contains the name PDF, then the dialog behaved wrongly. We have overworked this part so that the behavior should now be correct.
The PDF file compression tool sometimes rotated pages in a PDF file. That behavior is wrong because this tool should not affect page rotation. It should only compress PDF files. We have fixed that is this version. The orientation of pages should be kept as is.
If an user had closed his pdf24.exe and printed on the PDF printer then the printout could be shown in an other user session. That was wrong. We have fixed that in version 7.4.1. Now, if a printout can not be shown in the right user context, the printout remains in the windows printer queue until the file can be printed or until the user removes that document there.
There where no quotations marks at the pdf24.exe autostart entry. We where told that this is required. We have added these ones.
The main change of this version is the new PDF compression tool. This tool can be used to compress existing PDF files by manipulating some parameters which reduces the size of PDF files. The tool is very easy to use. Just open it, add PDF files, modify the default settings if you like and have a look at the resulting size. If the new size is acceptable, save the compressed PDF files. You can also open the compressed file to ensure that the quality of the compressed file is good enough.
We have optimized the operating window because we have seen some problems under certain conditions. The window could block an operation and could not be closed in that state. We have overworked the relevant parts so that the problem should be fixed.
If the name of a print job is very cryptic or if the name represents an URL it's a bad decision to choose that name as a file name because the name can also contain some bad characters. The file chooser dialogs warns the user in that case. We have optimized a bit here. We replace bad characters and use alternative names if the name is very long.
The software uses tooltips to explain the tools. Tooltips in old versions where a bit limited. We have improved that parts so that tooltips can now also be multi-line and displays at better positions. Now we can show better and longer texts which helps to understand that tool better. The new compression tool uses the new tooltips.
This version installs and uses the slightly older Ghostscript 9.14 instead of the latest version 9.16. We have seen some problems with Ghostscript 9.16 so that we decided to switch back. Problems with Ghostscript 9.16 are the following: Unable to load files with umlauts. Unable to process some PDF files with minor errors whereas Ghostscript 9.14 can process them.
You can now change the name of a document by pressing the F2 key when you have selected a document in the document list. You can select a document by clicking on it. The F2 key opens a form where you can enter a new name.
To apply PDF security settings an owner password is required which you had to enter in the form. You now can apply security settings without to enter this password. The PDF24 Creator generates a random one for you when you leave the password blank.
The PDF printer tool could sometimes not be changed via the preference pages of the application. This was a bug and we have fixed that. Users who had errors should now be able to change the tool.
Some users could not save PDF files. They got the error "Error writing to output file". We do not know the exact reason why that happens but we have an idea what could cause that error. This version tries to fix that bug.
Sometimes the creator where unable to delete some temporary files which where used by the application. We have found two new places where that could happen and we have implemented a fix for that.
This version brings a new logic to load files into the creator. Some users have reported that they had font and
character issues when they merge files. We have found a solution for that with the new file loading mechanism.
The new procedure is a little bit slower than the old one but not too slow and fixes the mentioned bugs.
If you feel bad with the new procedure you can reactivate the old behavior by pressing the CTRL key while loading a file or you can change the registry DWORD value CreatorDirectPDFLoad to 1 within the user settings of the app.
Automatically appending and/or prepending a file to the actual one could not be combined with PDF security options. The generated PDF file had no security settings applied. This is now possible.
The Assistant has got a new function. You can now print a document directly from the Assistant on a printer available in your system. That is a cool thing, e.g. to use the PDF printer as print preview. Print on the PDF printer if you need a preview. The Assistant opens. There you can open a preview by clicking on the corresponding button. If all is fine then print on a physical printer directly from the Assistant.
Version 7.2 brings an optimized PDF print function. The function has been revised and optimized.
There is a new link in the footer of the Assistant. A click on that link opens the output profile view where you can manage your profiles.
The setting value to rotate pages automatically based on the text of the document is normally activated by default. This was not the case in the last versions. We have fixed that so that pages will be rotated automatically if you do not choose an other option.
RGB is the default color model if you do not choose another one.
The JPEG compression is now the default one for color and gray scale images. PDF files should now be a little bit smaller in size than PDF files produced with older versions. You can change the compression method and the JPEG compression quality when you save as PDF.
We have also added a new section to the PDF filter. You can now convert the colors of a file by choosing one of the color convert options of the corresponding select field. You can, for instance, convert colors to gray-scale.
We have also fixed a bug in version 7.1.0 regarding the color model and color conversion. Version 7.1.0 could produce PDF files which could not be opened.
The PDF filter areas has been reorganized to improve the usability.
We had some issues with keyboard events which where not passed correctly to parent components. That was the case why the console of the Assistant could not always be opened by the F12 key.
Version 7.2 brings the new overlay feature. In addition to the paper feature you can select an overlay PDF file. The content of that file is combined with the content of the actual file so that the content of the overlay file is on top of the content of the actual one. That is the opposite compared to the paper feature. You can use that feature to brand a file, to add a complex watermark or as alternative to the digital paper when the content of the actual file hides the content of the paper.
The installer of version 7.1.0 uses a better PDF printer configuration. TrueType fonts are now downloaded as softfonts by default. This fixes a lot of bugs related to font problems such as font substitution or character issues. User who had problems with fonts should try this version.
The user configuration now has the option keys NoOnlineConverter, NoShellContextMenuExtension, NoShellFileContextMenuExtension, NoShellDirectoryContextMenuExtension, NoShellBackgroundContextMenuExtension, NoEmbeddedBrowser. All of these options are of type DWORD. A value of 1 disables the corresponding feature whereas a value of 0 leaves that feature enabled. Al of these options can be manipulated via the settings of the software.
There are two new sections in the interface. The first one is the Explorer context menu section. Here you can enable/disable all or some of the Explorer context menu extension features. The second section can be used to control the features of the application where you currently can enable/disable the PDF24 Online Converter as fall-back tool. The interface itself can now new resized, minimized and maximized. We have also optimized the left pane of the windows.
Opening a pinned folder under windows 10 mysteriously started the PDF24 DocTool application. Version 7.0.7 brings a workaround which fixes this behavior. We currently do not know why Windows 10 is doing that. We hope that we will get some more information about that new behavior in order to implement a better solution.
We have added a profile flag (-profile PROFILE_ID) for the join operation of the DocTool to apply that profile after having joined the input files.
The page extract dialog could not be opened via the tools menu of the creator. We have fixed that issue.
We have added a documentation of the command line of the DocTool. Calling the DocTool without command line arguments prints the documentation on the screen.
Multi-Page-Tiff files could not be generated with the corresponding output filter of the Save As dialog. We have fixed that too.
Version 7.0.0 introduced a new feature to append a file at the beginning and at the end to the actual one via a profile. There was a bug in appending a file at the end. Appending a file at the beginning worked, appending a file at the beginning and at the end worked to but appending a file at the end only was broken. Version 7.0.5 fixes this bug.
Users have reported that the windows of the assistant opens in background after you have printed on the PDF printer. That's a bit annoying. We have solved that problem in version 7.0.4.
When you select a profile which contains a PDF password and when you click on the preview button then the preview opens without showing anything. We have fixed that problem.
When you use a profile which contains a PDF password to save the actual file without the Save As dialog then the password inside the profile was wrongly applied and you could not open the PDF file with the password you have entered. The PDF24 Creator encrypts the password and stores it inside the registry. Without the Save As dialog we forgot to decrypt the password before applying it to the PDF file so that you could not open the file with your password. That problem is fixed.
There are different views of a document inside the creator. There are different previews and there is the normal page number view. The normal page number view was broken because there were missing images in the bin file. We have fixed that.
If PDF24 fax is not installed then the assistant could not start but rather crashed at startup. That problem is fixed in version 7.0.1.
Version 7 brings a revised wizard that has been improved in many ways. On the left there is now a file list which
contains the printed files. The center pane of the application contains the file action buttons which are now better
than the old ones. The buttons are larger and have icons and text and better mouse effects. Above the list, there are
some buttons to manage the list. Joining all documents in the list is also possible. You can select a document in
the list and you can perform an action on that document by clicking on one of the action buttons.
We plan to make the action buttons customizable so that you can add or remove buttons. We will introduce that feature with a future versions. The benefit of that customization is that you as a user or as a company can add some more buttons to add functionality you need. Write us so that we can discuss that feature so that we can develop in the right direction.
When it comes to the command line of the PDF24 Creator tools, some improvements have been made. Some arguments have been revised, removed, added and unified in order to facilitate the work with the command line. The command line interface will be documented later.
Under certain circumstances, some tools could open twice, which is not wanted for some tools. The Creator, for example, should be opened only one instance, because this instance can handle multiple files. Under certain conditions, it was still possible that the tool could open twice. The problems should be fixed.
The output filters for the file types PS and EPS was broken. We have fixed and optimized the relevant parts and now you should be able to save as PS and EPS.
An EPS file contains one page per file. The output filter in the PDF24 Creator was not correct, so you could always only save the first page of a file. This problem is now fixed. The output filter for EPS now creates a folder containing the files of each page.
The drag and drop implementation has been improved so that more things are possible here which can be used by the tools. Version 7 also fixes some other minor bugs within the implementation.
When you save a document as an image, then one image file is created for each page of that document. The output filter has now been extended so that the filter always creates a folder with the page image files of the document. The user has to choose a destination file. The filter creates a folder under that name and saves the page image files into that folder.
The Page-Extract-Dialog is now part of the DocTool. The advantage of that change is that the DocTool can now be used to open this dialog for a file.
The Page-Extract-Dialog is now slightly larger and the usability is now better.
Some operations executes minor sub task which would normally open and then close the process dialog. This is annoying for some operations. One dialog instance can now be shared between some tasks and the tasks itself only change the status of the shared status window instance.
If there are files in the clipboard, then the DocTool can extract these files and now also communicates the names of these files correctly. Older versions did not used the document name so that the name could not be used in the tools.
We have added a lot of new features to the DocTool. Almost all the functions that are present in the PDF24 Windows Explorer context menu extension
uses the DocTool to execute the corresponding operation. The functions can be executed from the command line. We will document these functions later.
One example of what you can now do with the DocTool is to join multiple files to one.
The GUI engine has been extended and improved in some points and some components (e.g. the assistant) uses that new features.
Language files can now have some properties in the file header and the language module can read these properties. The PDF24 Creator uses
these properties to determine the language at first application start and to display better language names in the setting page.
We have added Norwegian as new language file. A lot of files are fully translated, but there are still some files with missing parts. The English language file is used for all missing elements. Translations are usually contributed by users. If you can translate and if you have some minutes, you are welcome to translate missing parts.
When browsers print they often send file names which represents URLs or parts of URLs. We now take that into account and to our best to determine a file name of that submitted name.
The PDF output filter has a new feature to attach a file automatically to the actual one. You will recognize the new element of that filter when you open the Save As dialog. The files can be stored into a profile so that you can apply a predefined profile to printed files. This is a good feature e.g. if you want to append some terms or other information automatically.
We have seen some effects in older version of the Save As dialog which could be optimized. Loading a profile is now faster. Older version have a bug and load profile twice because of some events. File select elements could sometimes not be stored/loaded into/from a profile.
The prompt of "The document XXX has not been saved. Do you want to save it?" also appeared if you have only loaded a document. It would be better to show that message only if the document has been modified. We have implemented that in this way.
The GUI, update request, downloading and error handling have been improved. The behavior especially in cases of errors where not satisfying in older versions.
The Creator is optimized for DPI levels of 96 DPI but can also be used at other DPI values. Version 7.0 fixes the to large spacer bar between the toolbar and the file path element of the explorer inside the creator.
If a user is logged in multiple times and if the user prints on the PDF printer then the assistant opened in one of the user sessions but not necessarily in the session from which was printed. That was bad. We have optimized some parts in order to fix that behavior. If you still have problems with that, please contact us.
Sometimes the default printer was not changed back after having changed temporarily to convert a file to PDF. This version fixes that and resets the printer as default which where the default printer before. Another problem was the conversion of Excel files when the PDF24 PDF printer was not the default printer. In that case the conversion failed. That's also fixed.
Some users reported us application crashes in version 6.9.0. We investigated the problem and found a part which caused the crashes. Version 6.9.1 brings a fix for this issue.
We have improved the file save method of the auto save feature. In previous versions a created file could be overwritten with the next auto saved file if the next file was produced to fast. We now have a better file locking mechanism so that we can make a file name unique if there is already a file with the same file name.
We have optimized the auto conversion of MS Office files so that these files can now be better converted to PDF. These files are now handled in a special way.
We have added support for the backspace key within the file explorer list to change to the parent folder of the currently opened one.
We also improved label editing within the file list view of the file explorer when a link is to be edited.
The file list is now virtual and a lot of faster then the list of previous versions. If you open a folder with only a few elements than you will not notice the faster list but if you open a folder with some thousand elements then the speed difference is very large. In previous versions you could wait some seconds until the list was ready and now this will only took some milliseconds. Some companies have really large folders and waiting is really annoying.
The file explorer tree no longer shows the current folder of the file list view because this reduced the file explorer speed in some cases. You can still navigate by the directory tree to open folders and the list shows the currently opened folder of the tree but in the other way this is no longer the case. This greatly improves the speed and the behavior is now more like the Windows explorer. Furthermore we have optimized some other points to make the tree faster.
Sometimes the Drag & Drop operation was initiated to fast which was not necessary. We have optimized that part to get a better behavior.
We have added an input field which shows the currently opened folder. The path of that input field can be edited by the user to change the path by hitting the enter key.
Added the auto save command quote fix. Some commands could bot be executed because of a quote character problem.
Optimized the double click behavior in the explorer list. Older versions also started a drag & drop operation which was not necessary. We have optimized that a little bit to distinguish better between the beginning of a drag & drop operation and a double click.
Drag & Drop optimized, especially when dragging files from the PDF24 Creator and dropping them into the Windows Explorer or other applications.
The app now uses absolute paths to call Ghostscript because an installed Ghostscript into the system32 folder would run this Ghostscript instead of the PDF24 delivered version.
Fixed a potential app crash issue caused by an unsynchronized access of the file icons and file thumbnails within the explorer list of the creator.
Fixed a bug in the PDF lib. Some special PDF files could not be opened in earlier versions.
The DocTool can now use the PDF24 Online PDF Converter if necessary. If there is no local application which can print a file on the PDF printer in order to convert the file to PDF, then the user will be asked to convert the file online with the PDF24 Online PDF Converter. If he agrees, then the DocTool sends the file to the service to get it converted to PDF.
Fixed an issue with the UrlLib, which could create wrong URLs.
You can now use placeholders when specifying the folder, where to save to file. Available are date and time placeholders like %Y, %m, %d, %H, %M, %S as well as environment placeholders like %USERNAME%, %USERPROFILE%, ....
The DocTool sometimes have to change the users default printer to the PDF24 PDF printer in order to convert a file to a PDF. This change is reverted after the conversion is finished. We have optimized this part of the code within the DocTool.
The DocTool uses mutex locks to synchronize DocTool executions. We have optimized here so that these locks will be used only when really necessary.
The DocTool can now be used to execute a shell print command on a file to print the file on a printer.
This is a cool feature. You can use the DocTool to e.g. create a PDF file from an image which is in the clipboard. If the clipboard contains a file reference then this file will be converted to PDF.
The DocTool can now be used to upload files to internet services.
We have optimized how we access the PDF printer to convert files to PDF. In previous version the message "Could maybe not be converted" where shown relatively often because we did not know whether the conversion is possible or not. Here comes the optimization. We have optimized that so that we now better know whether a conversion is possible or not.
There was a special handling for Word, Excel and PowerPoint files to convert these files to PDF. This is as of now no longer required because of the optimization above. If a print command is available for a specific file type then this file can be converted to PDF.
The file import order now exactly matches the order of the submitted files via the drag & drop action. Older versions could break that order which was bad in some cases where the order is crucial.
There was a bug in the PDF lib which caused an application crash when reading some special PDF files. We have fixed that one.
The progress windows was optimized for 96 DPI. Higher DPI settings caused a gap at the right side of the window which was a little bit ugly. We have fixed that issue and now the progress windows is DPI aware.
We have moved the block PDF Printer Tool from the general element to the PDF Printer element because this block is more related to this section.
The progress window could be annoying when saving a lot of documents automatically. The window can be disabled in the settings in the auto save section.
There was a wrong key element in all language files so that there was a not replaced placeholder in the save as dialog. We have corrected that.
We have fixed a TWAIN import bug in version 6.4.1. Some users reported issues with that feature. Sometimes it worked with no problems and on other PC's or other drivers it was broken. We have investigated the issue and we have rewritten some code parts with the hope that this should solve the problem. If you have problems with the TWAIN import part please report your problem in our support forum.
The build process was broken so that the files and the setup itself were not signed with the Geek certificate. We have fixed that.
Some users reported that PDF files could not be created. One problem was die TEMP directory bug so that temp files could not be created. We have optimized the part which determines the TEMP directory and that should solve the problem of some users.
When dragging and dropping pages of documents a vertical bar is drawn which indicates the insert position. Sometimes this bar were drawn with an invalid height so that some areas were overdrawn. This is now fixed.
Users can select the color model when saving a PDF file. We have fixed some parts here so that the selected color model should now be correctly applied to the document. If you now save a PDF and if you select the gray color model than the final PDF file will be gray-scaled.
Affected language files: German, Italian, French, Lithuanian, Czech
The bug could cause an application crash when the user loads a special PDF file.
There was a debug message in the DocTool which was shown after using the DocTool. This version removes this debug message.
Fixed a major bug introduced in version 6.3. Entered values in the text boxes of the save as dialog could not be correctly read by the app so that they were not used in saving process. Default values were used instead. Passwort protection for instance could not be used although correctly entered all fields.
Improved the environment variables of the apps so that the pdf24 apps itself can be used in auto save mode without to use the whole path of the app.
We improved the focus optimization from version 6.3.0. The problem was that if you have clicked into a form element and if you have moved the mouse out of the element then the form element lost its focus so that you could not enter text. The mouse had to be in the element to enter text. That was a little bit bad and we have optimized that so that you now can click into an element and you can move the mouse a little bit away and the element keeps its focus.
The PDF printer auto save feature now does not overwrite existing files any longer. Now, if a file exists, a suffix is appended to the file name under which the file will be saved.
The following files has been updated: English, Polish, Finnish, Lithuanian, Czech, Spanish, Italian
The file name erasement options are now part of the PDF printer page.
Supported placeholders in the settings pages are now visible in the GUI.
Sometimes scrollbars where shown where they wouldn't be necessary. We have optimized some GUI parts so that now scrollbars are only visible if they are really necessary.
Now, some windows gains the focus when the mouse moves into this windows. This improves usability in some dialogs where user can scroll so that no click is needed any longer to get the focus which activates scrolling for that window.
The settings window now has the title suffix ADMIN when the settings dialog is opened with full administrator rights to change special settings.
We have added a custom command feature to the PDF printer auto save mode. The feature can be enabled and configured in the PDF Printer pages of the application settings.
Now there is a shell print feature in the pdf24-docTool.exe. The command
pdf24-docTool.exe -shellPrint -printerName FILE
can be used to print out a file on a printer using the shell print windows feature. The can be used together with the auto save
feature of the PDF printer to print out a file on another printer.
Now you can use the ALT key to break the auto save mode of the PDF printer. If auto save is enabled and if you print on the PDF printer, the printed file is then normally saved to a file. You can temporarily break this by keeping pressed the ALT key when sending a file to the PDF printer. This opens the PDF24 assistant or the PDF24 Creator where you can handle the file as if you don't had activated the auto save mode.
We have also improved the custom profile selection in the auto save settings page. The custom profile was not shown as selected after having been selected.
When the custom profile option in the auto save setting page is selected then the format option dialog will be opened after printing a document on the PDF printer. There you can make custom settings which will be used when saving the file.
Added a Twain fix which could cause an application crash in some circumstances
The PDF24 Creator could crash if the user drags & drop pages from one document to another while the preview generation of the documents is still in progress.
The preview generation in the PDF24 creator is now more parallel. This is faster on CPU's with multiple cores.
Optimized the PDF printer driver in terms of custom page sizes. Sometimes the wrong page size was used.
This parses the DSC comments and add that information to the target document.
We have updated all language files and added some new elements too, which are currently not fully translated. We update the files on a rolling basis as soon as we get translations from the translators.
The default file name for the auto save feature is %Y-%m-%d %H-%M-%S $[+fileName+]. This is a time stamp and the name of the file, if the name is available.
You could only use the right mouse button to open the PDF24 tray menu, but the left mouse button is also good for opening the tray menu and so we added the additional handler for the left mouse button.
Changes in settings now better takes effect in running modules so that no application restart is necessary for a lot of changes. For instance now you can change the auto save feature without to restart the pdf24.exe backend module.
Now the setting is in profile so that a application restarts don't change the layout.
Known file extension are removed from the name which was determined from the printer interface. This is mostly OK and now you don't have the original extension in the name.
The language files Czech, Finnish, Italian, Japanese, Lithuanian, PortugueseBrazilian, Swedish where updated. Here is thank you to the translators who sends us updates.
The setup adds a Send To entry for the PDF24 Creator. Now you can easily send files to the Creator which then will be converted to PDF.
Integration of digital paper into the document was erroneous if the PDF files was of a newer standard (1.5 and above). We have solved that issue in this version.
An extra page was added to the document when the watermark feature was used. This bug is solved.
The PDF24 Creator itself is consisted of the PDF printer and a tool called PDF24 Editor, which can be used to compose/edit files page-based. Users also expected that they can also use this tool to edit the content of PDF pages, but that is not possible. The tool can do something with whole pages but the content of pages can not be manipulated. That is the reason for the renaming and we think the name Creator better reflects the possibilities of that tool.
This version now uses the latest Ghostscript 9.10.
A lot of users desired the Screen Capture to clipboard functionality as option besides the Screen Capture to PDF feature. The new feature is now part of the software and is accessible through the PDF24 tray icon. A new menu group was added to the tray icon which contains the new tools.
There was a license part which stated that some parts of the software will be disabled after 6 month usage without update. This part is now no longer part of the license terms. Nothing is disabled after 6 month usage. Now, the user will only see an update information if an update is available and recommended for installation.
This little change eases the usage of the PDF24 creator because the folder of the loaded file is often used to save the new file after doing some modifications.
The warning was shown in the PDF24 Creator if a shortcut could not be resolved. Now this warning will not be shown if the PDF24 Creator opens.
The page from ... to fields where sometimes not recognized. This version contains fixes in the corresponding parts so that the problem should be solved.
Some GUI elements where not displayed correctly, especially when the default DPI settings was changed. Some GUI parts of the application scaled in a wrong manner so that it was not possible to work with that parts. We have optimized the parts so that the program can also be used on screens with higher DPI values.
We have overworked the GUI of the Save As dialog so that a screen with 1280 x 1024 Pixel should no longer be a problem.
The new filter can save as text, currently in the encodings UTF8 and UCS2.
We have added some new options to the settings pages which could not be integrated into the old structure. Therefore we have changed a little here.
Now, there is also the feature to automatically open a saved PDF file. This eases the work flow PDF printer -> Assistent -> Save -> Open
We have extended all language files and made them up to date so that all files have all keys. Some files are currently not fully translated. This will be done by translators and we will add the missing parts as soon as we get it.
Resetting the default printer was not executed in some parts so that the PDF24 printer was left the default one. We have fixed that for the known parts.
Files can now be saved automatically without GUI interaction. The feature can be controlled by the settings. You can define the folder where to save, a file name pattern and a profile which shall be applied when saving. If that feature is enabled and if you print on the PDF printer then the printed document will be saved automatically into the defined folder. You can also define whether the folder should be opened after the file was saved.
The PDF24 Creator has a print feature by which the current selection can be printed. Sometimes the print quality was bad especially when printing high resolution documents. We have improved that part so that the quality is better and can also be better controlled by the DPI setting in the printer property pages.
Older releases had some issues with umlauts and other characters outside the ASCII range. Issues where related to the following subsections of the PDF output filter: Watermark text, PDF meta data such as title, author and keywords, PDF/X and PDF/A settings and PDF passwords.
Loading PDF files with the PDF24 Editor is now faster then in older version. Try it out, the difference is really noticeable.
This information is often necessary when analysing user problems. That's the main reason why we have added this feature.
Now there are a lot more predefined paper sizes the user can select.
Sometimes colors got converted when the file was saved as PDFX.
After clicking on the send as email button an input form pops up where the user has to enter a file name for the file of the email attachment. There was a character encoding bug which caused unreadable names when attached to the email. We have fixed that.
The email subject line is automatically filled with the documents file name so that the user does not need to enter the name into the subject line. This feature was often wanted to speed up the process.
The PDF info meta information could be set when the source document already had an information block. We have changed the code parts so that the information can also be overwritten when already available.
We have optimized the assistant/* parts so that the key are more correct with the respect to the intention inside the assistants GUI. Furthermore we have optimized the order of the buttons.
We have removed the icon of the button which was equal to all buttons. Now there is more place for the text which we already use for the languages German and English.
The application could crash when the user has chosen the PDFX output format so that the save process failed. We have fixed that.
DPI value changes in Save As dialog were not applied in save process. This was a bug. Only the default quality profile values were used. Changes of the DPI values had no effect on PDF file size or image quality.
Determination of file names from the printer interface had a little bug, because the method behind that feature has removed the file extension, which was the cause for a file name issue. If there where periods in filenames such as my.document.docx then the PDF creation process has used the name my.pdf as save file name. We have overworked related parts of the creator and hopefully we have found all places.
The image quality was sometimes poor in a created PDF files regardless which PDF quality was chosen. The user could sometimes also not influence the image quality with other options. We have improved some parts within the PDF creation process so that the image quality is significantly better and can be better controlled with the PDF quality options.
We have improved and fixed some parts of the PDF creator which could cause problems in some cases.
We have invested a lot of time to optimized the fax option and the fax service which is used to transmit the faxes. We try to make that part as easy as possible.
The PDF24 Creator itself has several language files which can be used. The installer, on the other hand, had only a few languages which could be used during the installation phase. The new available languages are: Portuguese, Danish, Finnish, Hungarian, Russian, Japanese, Polish, Czech, Dutch, Greek, Hebrew
All improvement of the new version of Ghostscript are therefore available. The new Ghostscript option -dFastWebView is used by the creator.
The file explorer of the pdf24 editor now automatically opens the containing folder when the first file is loaded. This is a very cool features because this folder is most of the time the folder to work with so that you can do something in that folder again and again without to open it manually. Especially useful when opening a file via the "Open with" dialog.
The selected profile is saved as last used profile when the assistant closes and not only when the pdf save operation was executed. This behavior is the more expected one.
The installer now create the fontmap which Ghostscript uses. The map is created based on the fonts in the windows font folder.
Importing from scanner or camera could be very hard because the used driver had some bugs. Some
users reported GUI issues and other problems in this part. We have overworked the corresponding
part of the PDF24 Creator to provide a more reliable component and we hope that all that issues
are now a thing of the past.
Furthermore importing multiple pages at once should now also be possible.
Only one instance of the PDF24 Editor can be opened at a time. If you tried to load some files by command line when the PDF24 Editor was already opened then nothing happened. This version provides that feature. If the Editor is open and if you want to load files by command line then the files are loaded in the already opened instance.
If you already had an old version installed and if you installed an update or a new version then it could occur that you couldn't create PDF files any longer. The problem was old files, virtualized by the Windows UAC. The installer now detects such a case and installs the PDF24 Creator so that PDF creation is possible.
Merging PDF files together could cause character problems in the final document. Some text have used the wrong font and therefore some letters could not be displayed correctly. This problem is fixed.
The font settings are now controlled fully by the PDF24 Creator to ensure that the final PDF file does not contain font problems.
To optimize the PDF output we have optimized some internal processing parameters. Now the output of some PDF files are better.
The Drag & Drop feature of the PDF24 Editor has not removed some temporary files after the application was closed. This bug is fixed.
The internal preview has been accelerated dramatically. Zooming into documents could be very slow in the old version. That was annoying and so we decided to overwork this tool. The new preview is much better in zooming in and out and does not slow down. Furthermore we could improve the usability in zooming in and out using the CTRL key and the mouse wheel. We try to keep the current point of the document in the view so that the document does not jump when you scroll.
We found another weakness in the implementation of the TWAIN import module which sometimes causes problems in some device drivers.
We could improve the PDF output quality of high quality PDF files again by optimizing some internal parameters of the generator. The predefined PDF quality levels are now more precise so that you will get better graded results. The PDF file size is now directly dependent on the chosen quality level.
We have updated nearly all language of which we got updates since the last release. The new language file Turkish is now part of the setup. If you also a have new language then you can send us the file to email@example.com so that we can add the file to the setup.
There could be a problem in automatic conversion of Word files with Word 2010. The problem could be solved with a delay in the conversion process.
We already had an Portuguese language file, but the old file was targetet for Brasilia. The new file is for the Portuguese. We have renamed the old file in PortugueseBrazilian.
We have updated all language files and added some new parts which, partially, still needs to be translated. As soon as we get the missing parts we will add it to the PDF24 Creator.
There where some problems in some scanner GUI dialogs of the TWAIN interface. Sometimes some elements could not be selected and others closed automatically after it was opened. The new version fixes these issues.
Now you save some time when you save a lot files with the same profile. You now do not need to select this profile manually, because the last profile is loaded automatically. If the last loaded profile is the right profile for save then you can click on Continue to proceed.
Overriding files can be erroneous if the files is opened or locked by the system. The problem was that PDF24 does not have noticed you if file writing fails. We have implemented a new behavior of this. If a file could not be written, then PDF24 tries with a different (very equal) name. If that fails to then you get an error message.
Sometimes the image quality in the PDF file of converted images to PDF was very poor, especially for high quality images. This version brings significant improvements in image conversion process.
This process had weak spots in image quality too, even though if a high quality was selected. We have overworked some parts in this process and we could highly increase the quality of the result.
So that the user gets a good idea of the result, we have improved the preview in terms of quality. The preview provides sharper and more accurate results.
The JPEG quality was added as an new option to the Save As dialog. You can fine tune the new option to get customized quality results and therefore customized compression rates.
Mail As PDF button send the mail with a PDF files by default. The Save As dialog isn't shown by default any longer.
Choosing the new element modifies the behavior of some buttons in the GUI. The Save As dialog is used to customize some parameters and the output which is then used as input for the process of the particular button.
Now you can specify more than one document on the command line of the PDF24 Editor. The PDF24 Editor loads all specified files one after another.
Th PDF file filter in the explorer list of the PDF24 Editor now supports uppercase file extensions.
Entering some special file names caused the PDF24 Assistant to remove the file extension from the file name so that the saved file had no extension.
We now deliver a new Ghostscript version with the PDF24 setup. The new version brings a lot improvements under the hood of the PDF24 Creator.
We could increase the PDF output quality by improving some internal processing parameters.
This version combines the PDF/X, PDF/A and PDF pages to one page. Now you can use all options of the PDF page for creating PDF/X and PDF/A files. This could not be realized in an older version. The PDF standard selection element now contains new entries for the PDF/X and PDF/A standards. Selecting one of these activates related form elements.
Deleting the last page of a document and dragging and dropping the new last one into a new document crashed the PDF24 Editor. This bug is fixed.
Importing from scanner, camera or other devices that supports the TWAIN interface was often error-prone. We have overworked some related components and fixed some bugs so that importing should now work better.
If the user double clicks on the fax icon then the fax window pops up and loads a fax with an empty document. This was a bug, introduced in one of the previous versions. Double clicking on the fax icon now opens the fax file load page where the user can choose a file which can then be send as a fax.
Saving merged PDF files could result in errors for special input files. We have optimized the loading process of files so that merging and saving should now work fine for all files.
We have extended the send as email feature in the PDF24 Assistant and PDF24 Editor. This new feature makes it possible to email not only as a PDF file. All output filters can now be used. This makes it possible to send the file as PDF, as images or any other output format which the PDF24 Creator supports.
Added file type check on fax tool start. The fax tool accepts a PDF file as command line argument which is loaded as a fax. If the user starts the app with no file or with a file which is not a PDF file then the fax tools pen the file choose page where the user has to choose a PDF file which can then be send as a fax.
Sending a document attached to an email directly from the PDF24 Editor changed the name of the corresponding document to a cryptic one. This was a bug which is now fixed.
The PDF24 Editor window could appear behind all other windows when you print to the virtual printer and the Editor is set as default target. This problem is fixed.
The font in the settings dialog of the PDF24 Creator has been replaced with a better readable one. Now the dialog looks more modern.
There was already an setting to close the assistant automatically when the file was saved. This feature is now also available for the email function of the assistant. You can configure the assistant so that the assistant closes after you have sent the document via email.
Passwords in Save as Dialog are now obfuscated by "*" characters so nobody can read them. This was a potentially risk in prior versions because the password was visible in the input field.
Digital paper and security can now be used together when saving a PDF file.
In older version you could only add profiles when you have saved a document via the save as dialog. Now we have added a menu entry in the PDF24 Editor's main menu where you can open the format options and where you can manage your output profiles.
We have added a refresh option to the explorer tree in the PDF24 Editor so that the user can refresh the tree manually if something have changed what the application do not track automatically.
When you specify a password in your profiles, the text was visible in the registry. This was a potential risk. Now passwords are saved encrypted in the profiles which are stored in the windows registry.
The names of connected network drives where not visible in older versions. Names are important to identify a drive fastly and therefore we have added the names of network drives to the explorer tree of the PDF24 Editor.
This version now uses better cursors when opening folders in the explorer of the editor. Especially when operating on network drives it could take a little longer to get results. In the waiting time a wait cursor is shown so that the user knows that the application is busy. The application switches back to a normal cursor, after the operation is finished.
Dropping files to the favourites folder in the explorer of the editor now creates only shortcuts to the dropped files. No files will be moved or copied any longer. Now the favourites folder is a special folder with shortcuts to often used files.
The module which is responsible for querying file icons has been improved in many cases. Especially the risk of potential deadlocks has been better taken into account.
The bug was responsible that in some cases wrong file icons was presented to the user. This part has been overworked and the bug is fixed.
We have overworked many core modules of the software with the result of a better API and many minor improvements and minor fixes.
We have improved the explorer inside the editor to handle shortcuts properly. Shortcuts too files and directories are now handled correctly within the file list and the folder tree.
Furthermore we have improved the creation of image icons of shortcuts. Shortcuts are resolved and an icon of the linked file is determined.
We have slightly improved the selection and deselection of documents in the document list of the editor. Now it is more Windows Explorer like selection and deselection which is more intuitive.
Now it is possible to drag & drop documents inside the document list of the editor to move them up and down. This makes working with documents easier.
There was a memory leakage in some circumstances when dragging and dropping documents in the PDF24 Editor. The responsible parts have been overworked so that the bug is fixed.
We have extended the drag & Drop support of documents in the PDF24 Editor. If you drop documents you can now choose an output filter which is used to create the resulting file which is then dropped to the target. This way you can drop documents to create PDF files, images or any other file format which the output filter accepts. Furthermore you can configure the output filter so that the dropped result is what you need. Additionally you can now drag & drop multiple files at once. This extension is a quite cool new feature which eases working with the PDF24 Editor and which makes dropping of files very powerful.
We have added an error handling when opening PDF files in the PDF24 Editor. If a PDF file can not be opened directly we try to recreate the file and we try to open the recreated one. This often helps to load PDF file with small errors.
We have increased the default image quality in image to PDF conversion. Now, images inside PDF files have a better default quality. We have also added customizable config values to the image to PDF tool. This options are currently not available in the settings pages of the application.
We have optimized some internal processing parameters to produce better PDF file results.
This release brings improvements of the PDF API. Improvements affected the reading of PDF files which is now more robust. We have added a reading feature for some PDF files which contains some invalid offsets for special data objects. Furthermore wee have added another feature so that some PDF files with special incorrectnesses can be read. The result is that the PDF24 Creator can open and read more PDF files.
Double-clicking on a page of a document in the PDF24 Editor opens a viewer of the document. This viewer now opens maximized and no longer in a small window.
Older versions uses the font Times New Roman in the Save As Dialog UI. This font looks a little outmoded. This font was replaced with Verdana. Now, the options in the Save As Dialog are better readable.
Automatic page rotation is now used in all default profiles. This wasn't the case in older versions. Automatic page rotation were not used in in the good and best profile which was a little confusing. Now the automatic page rotation options are consistent.
A new retry upload feature was added to the fax tool. Sometimes fax file transmission results in an error. A reason can be a bad internet connection. If the transmission results in an error a retry button and an information message is displayed. Clicking on the retry button restarts the fax file transmission.
Saving a file in PDF24 editor under a new name did not updated the UI name element of that file. This version fixes this issue.
The Drag & Drop support in the file list of the file explorer in the PDF24 Editor could cause problems under some circumstances, which can result in a data loss. The bug is fixed. We recommend to update to the new version.
This bug is one of the reasons why the PDF24 Editor could not open some PDF files. Opening such PDF files crashes the application. This bug is fixed.
Dropping files from some applications could cause an unresponsive PDF24 Editor. Outlook was one of these applications. This problem ist fixed.
The new version 4.4 also install the new PDF24 FAX printer on all windows versions. The new FAX printer is a very
handy new printer which enables you to send faxes very easily.
Printing on the Fax printer opens a small form where you can enter the FAX number of the target device. A preview of the fax is also displayed.
The Faxes are sent through the new PDF24 Fax service, which is located at fax.pdf24.org. To send faxes, a short registration is needed.
Currently the service is completely free, but limited to a few number of faxes each day. After a short beta phase the service will be extended and then you can remove the limits by paying for each fax. Receiving faxes will also be possible by registering and paying for a fax number.
Names for documents in the PDF24 Editor are now the file names when dropping file to the job list or when opening a file from a file system. This is more intuitive and easier. If a name can not be determined, e.g. if a drag & drop operation does not deliver a name, then a new name is created for that document.
Importing a single file via File->Import->From filesystem did nothing. Importing multiple files worked without problems. This bug is fixed.
This version uses leading 0 in front of the page number. This improves the sortability of the produced page image files. Old names and sorting was like this: Page1, Page10, Page11, ..., Page20, Page2, Page3, Page4, Page5. This is changed to the new names: Page001, Page002, Page003, ..., Page010, ... Page020. This is better for sorting.
The new supported for keys are LEFT, RIGHT, HOME, END. This eases the navigation inside a document.
The new supported keys are UP, DOWN, PAGE_UP, PAGE_DOWN. This eases the navigation inside the document list.
The support for the new keys introduced some new complexity concerning the drag & drop of pages. The drag & drop components have been overworked to fix all these problems.
The debug console received not every outputs which were produced by the applications. This problem is fixed.
All components now link against the msvcr100.dll and msvcp100.dll, which are part of the setup. This reduces the size of the PDF24 Creator and enables some nice things for the future.
We have fixed two temporary file bugs which could result in non-deleted temporary files when deleting jobs in PDF24 Editor.
Overworked the automatic document conversion part with the result of some small improvements.
Conversion of multiple documents is now sequentially and uses less system resources which solves the problem of a wrong document order in most cases. Documents can be sorted, but if the documents have no sortable names then sorting gives no good results.
Printing multiple documents on PDF printer with opened PDF24 Editor is sequentialized too. This solves the ordering problem and uses less resources.
Printing a lot of documents on PDF printer with opened PDF24 Editor - such as reports from an access database - works better now. We have fixed some bugs which were the reason for lost documents and incorrect ordering. Less system resources are used too.
Fixed a bug in all languages files: rotate-left and rotate-right keys were reversed
We have added some new parts to the Updater which makes the Update more flexible. Furthermore we have fixed some small bugs which could cause errors.
Opening and saving PDF files in PDF24 Editor could generate an erroneous PDF file which could not be opened by a PDF reader. This was a minor bug because the problem only occurred on some special PDF files. Furthermore we have enhanced some PDF components so that the PDF24 Editor can open more PDF files.
The PDF24 Creator could not start if the users personal folder was not reachable. One cause why this folder can not be reached is that the folder is stored on a network drive and the network is not available. We have fixed this bug. Now the PDF24 Creator also runs if this folder is not available.
Some user work with the right shift key to select something. Before this release the PDF24 only supported the left shift key to select pages in the PDF24 Editor. This version introduces the support for the right shift key.
The component which installs the PDF printer driver contained some minor bugs which could be the cause why a PDF printer driver could not be installed. We have overworked this part and now PDF printer driver installation should work better.
The setup also contains some text elements which are to be translated by translators. This elements are now part of the PDF24 Creator language files so that the translators can translate these elements.
The version number was not correctly compiled in so that the version number could not be displayed correctly in PDF24 GUI. Instead of the version number a c cryptic text was shown. The version number is highly important for the update process. Without a correct version number no updates will be found. This bug is fixed.
The recently published version 4.0.0 contains a bug which prevents a component to make the PDF24 PDF printer temporarily to the default one. This is bad because this caused that some documents could not be converted to PDF and nice drag & drop conversion in editor is not working. We have overworked this part of the application and now everything should work fine.
Version 4.1 introduces a new component based setup by which single components of the PDF24 Creator can be selected or deselected.
Currently there is only a single component but in the near future we will add some more optional components which than can be
checked or unchecked during setup phase.
This new feature is also helpful for system administrators. Admins can select or deselect some components via the command line. A list of all supported command line arguments of the PDF24 Creator setup is located here: PDF24 Creator Setup Parameter
Meta information are helpful for translators. We have added the encoding information because PDF24 Creator language files should be encoded in UFT-8 with BOM.
This new feature makes a debug console visible to the user into which debug outputs are shown. This outputs helps in some circumstances to find errors. If you have problems with PDF Creator you can open the console and you can email the outputs to us so that we can look at it to find problems.
If another version of Ghostscript was installed in your system PDF24 had problem to work correctly if the version installed by PDF24 and the other version was different. PDF creating failed in this case. This was bad because Ghostscript is installed on many computers and all those people could not use the PDF24 Creator. We have searched the problem and we have found and fixed it in this version.
The save all icon in the PDF24 Editors documents toolbar was selectable in some cases if no document was visible. This was a wrong state. We have corrected that so that the button is only usable if documents are available.
There were some PDF profile inconsistencies in exchanging data between several PDF24 Creator modules. In most cases users shouldn't have noticed anything. We have fixed this problem in version 4.0.
Fixed a bug when dragging a document in PDF24 Editor to Windows Explorer. Dropping failed in prior versions.
This feature is provided by the PDF24 Editor and is located in context menu of pages. Just right click on a page of a document and you will see two options to add blank pages. Blank pages can be inserted before or after a page. The inserted blank page has the same dimension as the page before or after which the blank page was inserted.
With this bug fix the PDF24 Creator now can open more PDF files. Some special PDF files could cause problems. There are still some PDF files which can't be opened by the PDF24 Editor. If a PDF file can't be opened there is a trick to open the file. Just print the file on the PDF24 PDF printer to create a new PDF file based on the old one. The new file should work fine. That's possible because real PDF readers often can still open these files.
Use this flag when installing the PDF Creator to disable update checking and installation. This flag is useful for companies which wants too use the PDF24 Creator on their clients. Use this flag and you can disable updates which are often the preferred update mode.
The new name is often better than the old one because the user has to do some more things after clicking on the save button. The Continue... button is better if some more steps follows.
The PDF24 Creator is available in 16 different languages. To make the PDF24 available to more people we need more language files. If you have translated one language files to a language which is not available in PDF24 Creator setup then send us your file and we will add it to the PDF24 setup. Many people would be very thankful.
We have overworked all language files and added missing parts. Not translated parts are marked with a #! marker. All these lines needs to be translated by translators. Please translate these parts and send us your files.
The PDF24 Editor had stored not used data longer than required. We have fixed this. Not used data is freed as soon as possible.
We have added a context menu to the page container in the page extract dialog. This context menu contains a invert selection entry which inverts the current selection of pages. This new feature is useful if extracting pages of large documents.
Now you can use the mouse wheel to scroll up and down in the page container of the page extract dialog. Very useful when using large PDF files.
The import dialog in File->Import->From file system now supports selection of multiple files at once. Prior this version only one file after another could be imported.
In previous version only the first page of a multi-paged TIFF file was imported into the PDF24 Editor. Now all pages become imported into a single document.
After PDF file creation the assistant opens which has a sent via email button. After clicking this button the user has to enter a PDF file name which us used as the filename for the email with the attached PDF file. The problem was that the entered name was converted to lowercase letters regardless whether the user had entered uppercase letters. This problem ist fixed.
In image to PDF conversion process the paper size of the final PDF files was computed with a fixed DPI values and the image size. The conversion of large images results in large PDF file paper sizes. This is a little problem especially when merging PDF files. The PDF file with the images could be very large and the displaying of the merged file was bad in such circumstances. Now we optimize the paper size to A4 format. The paper size of PDF files from large images will always be not greater than the A4 format. The paper size of small images remains as in previous versions of the software. In future versions we have planned to add an option to preferences to make this configurable.
Not it is possible to save document from the PDF24 Editors document list via Drag & Drop. Just drag & drop a file to a target and the PDF file is saved automatically and transferred to the target. We have planned to add more drag & drop support to the editor.
Language files which has been renewed are Japanese, Italian, Lithuanian and Czech. The new language file is the Danish one.
There was a bug in creating and selecting profiles. If you had added and then selected a profile without selecting a signature the PDF24 crashed. This bug is fixed. Profiles should work without signatures now.
The watermark could not be printed under the content of the file. It always was printed above the content regardless what option the user had checked. This problem is fixed in this version.
In composing and merging process could be a noticeable quality loss in PDF file with images. The reason was some incorrect settings. This problem is fixed.
Image resolution options are now part of the save as dialog in PDF pages. You can enter your preferred image resolution. This is useful if you want to fine-tune the PDF quality and therefore the PDF file size. Lower resolutions results in a smaller PDF file.
This new feature gives you the possibility to combine the content of a PDF file with the content of a digital paper. The content of the digital paper is displayed under the content of the PDF file. This has the same effect as if you had printed the PDF file on a normal printer with special paper. The digital paper can contain more than one page. The last page of the digital paper can be repeated and underlayed to the other pages of the PDF file.
The language files has been updated. A lot of new text are translated. Thanks to the translators. The current PDF24 Creator contains some new text elements which needs to be translated.
This new feature makes it possible to add a watermark to a PDF file. The new feature is located in the Save As dialog. Click the "Save As" button in assistant and you will see the new menu entry. There are a lot of options to configure the watermark. You can configure the text, the font, the font size, the angle, the colour, the mode and the margins. All options can be saved into a profile. This new feature can be used as a stamper too. Choose the overlay mode and the text will be printed on top of the page content.
PDF/A OutputConditionIdentifier Bug fixed. The OutputConditionIdentifier couldn't be set. PDF/X and PDF/A Bug fixed. There could be problems in creation of these types. Weboptimize bug fixed. The Weboptimize feature could not be used.
This change provides the signature feature also in assistant. You don't need to open the editor to add a signature to a PDF file. You can also use the signature with profiles. Make your settings in Save As dialog, save all into a new profile and than you can use the new profile instead of making all settings again. The eases signing PDF files. Currently there is a limitation web optimize feature. Signature and web optimization can't be used together.
The old PDF signature process has been removed from PDF editor because the old variant is not needed any longer. In the last version we have change the editor which uses the Save as dialog. This dialog now contains the PDF signature feature. Therefore the old dialogs are redundant.
Security settings in PDF preference pages contained a bug. PDF permissions have not been set correctly into the PDF so that permissions were wrong. We have removed the bug and now PDF permissions should work correctly.
The head of each language file contains a block with note for translators. Please read the notes if you plan to translate a language file.
We have updated all language files and marked missed texts with the #! marker. We have received a new Spanish language file with a lot of corrections. Furthermore we have added the new language file Vietnamese which we have received from a user.
For some documents, the rotation function did not work correctly although the pages were shown at the right angle. It could be that that the rotation was changed after saving a document. This problem is fixed. The rotation should now work correctly. Please note the automatic page rotation feature in saving dialog. If this property is marked in this dialog, the rotation can be changed during saving. The automatic rotation depends on the text in the document and is set accordingly for each page.
The properties dialog of a document which was accessible via the context menu has been removed. This has become redundant. All properties of a document can now be set when saving. There is also a new dialog as it already exists in the assistant in the save as function. The use of profiles is possible in this new dialog which speeds up working.
The new properties dialog to set properties of an output format was also added to the sign and mail function so that you can also set your desired properties prior.
All people who have already missed the feature have it now. Files are now sorted in Explorer.
In some situations the PDF quality was not set properly. We have fixed this problem.
If you have already translated the PDF24 into another language, then send us your translation and we add it to the PDF24 Creator setup.
There is the possibility to rotate pages of documents. The new feature can be found in context menu and the main toolbar. You can rotate single pages, all pages or selected ones.
Now you can sort opened documents in PDF Editor. The new feature can be used via toolbar. The sorting function always uses the document name and can sort in ascending or descending order. The new feature is very useful when editing many documents like many images which are to be merged to one PDF.
The main menu in editor has been re-structed and extended by some new elements.
If there where remote devices connected to a PC which where temporarily not available then the PDF24 Editor started and closed very slowly. The problem was the request of information of the remote drives which ends in a timeout. This problem is fixed.
The structure of all language files has been checked and missed elements has been added. Some parts of some language files are not translated. These texts are marked with the letters #! at the beginning. Translators, please translate not translated texts and check the language files.
There could be problems in saving a PDF file using a user profile. The PDF file could be broken.
There was a bug in file name determination process when printing a file via PDF24 PDF printer. If a file name contains more than one dot the name could be truncated to much. Normally only the file extension should be truncated. This bug is fixed in this version.
There was a bug with case sensitivity in save as dialog in editor. If the user entered a file name with capital letters these letters becamed converted to lowercase letters and the PDF file was saved under the filename with the lowercase letters. This was a bug which is fixed now.
The creation of large files was not possible because of a bug. The progress bar in PDF creation process showed 100% but the process doesn't finnished. We have fixed this bug. Large files can now be created as well as small ones. Users are recommended to update to this version.
In PDF24 Creator settings a default PDF profile can be configured. This configured profile was not used as default profile in assistant and PDF editor. This bug has been fixed. If a PDF has been created the assistant and the editor now uses the default profile as the selected one. The user can change the profile for each PDF file separately.
The bottom bar did nothing special. We have classified the bar as unnecessary. The bar has been removed. The application has now more room for the explorer and the files. This helps to increase the usability.
The split view has been enhanced. The ration between explorer and files is now 40 to 60.
The drives in explorer were displayed as drive letter (C: D:) only. Now there also the drive name if there is any.
A bug in file explorer could cause that some directories could not be opened. This bug is fixed.
The PDF24 Editor saves the last opened directory in file explorer so that this directory will be opened the next time the editor starts. Previous versions always opened the favorite directory.
If images or other documents were converted to PDF then there could be a problem while choosing a filename to save the PDF. If known file extensions are hidden in Windows the user had no chance to choose the correct .pdf file extension with the result that the saved file had an incorrect extension and was not recongnised as PDF in Windows Explorer. We have fixed this bug.
Because of a bug several settings in save as dialog were not applied to the saved PDF. It was not possible for example to set security settings of a PDF. We have fixed the bug which has slipped in in one of the earlier versions.
The Screen Capture feature and the conversion of images to PDF was broken. There were some bugs in the PDF API which we have fixed in this version. Screen Capture and Image to PDF conversion now works.
We have fixed some bugs in PDF API. Some special formatted PDF could cause problems while reading the PDF. There was another bug with encrypted PDF files. Normally encrypted PDF cannot be opened in PDF24 Editor but it was possible in version 2.9.1 which results in errors. Version 2.9.2 blocks encrypted PDF. If you want to open the encrypted PDF just create a new non encrypted file by printing them on the PDF24 PDF printer. This creates a new PDF file which is not encrypted.
If the PDF24 Editor was open and overlayed by other windows and if you printed a document on PDF printer so that the editor loads it the application windows stayed in background and became not a foreground window. There was no possibility to bring the window to front. We have fixed this bug. Not the windows automatically becomes a foreground windows if a new files is available.
There was no option to create multi-page TIFF files in save as dialog. If a file had more than one page every page was saved in a separate TIFF file. A TIFF file can be multi-page. We have added this option. If selected a multi-page TIFF file will be created.
We have fixed some minor bugs and we have returned to an older Ghostscript version. In PDF24 Creator we introduced Ghsotscript 9.0, but this version of Ghostscript seems to be unstable. Because of this we have implemented an older Ghostscript version in PDF24 Creator 2.9.1.
We have introduced an interface by which it is possible to integrate other service apps. This new interface is for future purposes. The PDF printer service already uses the new interface.
We reduced the size of the setup by about 3 Mb.
The support for creating PDF/X and PDF/A files has been integrated. These two new file formats can be created by using the Save as dialogue. Each of these types has its own properties which can be configured in the dialogue.
In previous versions of the PDF24 editor pages could only be selected one after another. There was no possibility of selecting more than one page at a time. This is no problem for documents with only a few pages, but if the document is large and you wants to select a range of pages then you had to select every page manually by using the CTRL key and the left mouse button. We have improved that. Now you can select a range of pages by using the LSHIFT key and the left mouse button. The behaviour is similar to the Windows Explorer file selection. To do a range selection, do this: Select the first page by clicking the left mouse button and then click the last page while holding down the LSHIFT key. If the CTRL key is also pressed then this page range will be added to the currently selected pages, otherwise all other pages will be deselected.
In the Save as dialogue you can add profiles for the output format to preconfigure an output. If you define a profile for the PDF file type this profile is then useable in the assistant's profile list. This workflow is shorter than saving to PDF by using the save as dialogue.
There is a new option in settings by which you can configure the closing behaviour of the assistant. By activating the close after save option the assistant will be closed automatically after a file is saved.
There were some incorrect fonts in some input fields which didn't match the rest of the user interface. We have enhanced some core parts of our rendering engine to improve this.
A profile in the save as dialogue now contains an option for which output file type a profile was made. A profile switch now opens the output file type page for which the profile is intended. This property is also used in assistant for collecting all PDF profiles and for making them available in the profile selection box.
There could be unpredictable results in the conversion tool when used with multiple files at the same time. This version contains a solution for that problem. Now you can use the conversion tool with multiple files without any problems. The conversion tool is used in editor to convert documents to PDF automatically by dragging files into the appropriate area in the editor.
Documents with only one page could not be signed because of a bug in an algorithm. The editor crashed when doing it. We have fixed the bug.
A PDF could not be saved when optimize for web and security options with user password was activated. This version contains a workaround for this problem. If security with user password is active, a PDF will not be web optimized. We will improve this behaviour in future versions.
We have improved and changed some parts of the update of the pdf24 creator. The new updater contains a new update request mode which is more flexible. With this change we are preparing for the future and increasing update requests.
We have fixed two bugs in our PDF library which caused problems in reading and writing special PDF files. We have also added some new parts into the library to build up new features for future versions of the PDF24 Creator.
No registry keys are needed for Ghostscript any longer. We have switched to environment variables which are also possible to run Ghostscrpt. This has a key advantage - a user can install other versions of Ghostscript and the PDF24 Creator will not be affected by this.
The 3-Bit mode of BMP output filter has been removed. This mode is not possible.
The setup now contains images with sheep. The images are better than the old ones. During installation everyone can see the images with the sheep which makes a good impression on people who install the software.
The new GUI in PDF24 Assistant displays elements better than the old one. The formatting of elements should now be better with all languages. The old GUI had formatting problems using languages with bigger text elements. Furthermore, there were problems in older versions of the PDF24 PDF printer when using it in Windows environments with DPI settings other than the default 96 DPI.
The explorer of the PDF24 editor now uses the Windows Explorer setting, which is located in the registry under the path HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer\NoDrives, to hide drives. Admins of Citrix systems now can use this to hide drives which some users must not see.
With this option you can control whether printed PDF documents are to be loaded in editor if the editor is open or not. By default PDF documents will be loaded in assistant and if the editor is open it will be loaded in it. User who don't want this behavior can change this with this new option.
The settings contains a new area in which a user can add some strings which are to be removed automatically from file names which were determined in the PDF printing process. Some applications add prefixes to file names which are unwanted. This new area gives you the possibility to remove this automatically. There are preconfigured strings for some Microsoft programs like Word.
There was annoying flickering in the list of loaded PDF documents when you clicked on a document. This flickering has been removed now.
GUIs which are rendered by our small HTML rendering engine are now rendered faster. Some GUIs looks better now and have removed or reduced flickering.
The explorer preview mode of PDF24 editor has been optimized so that all preview elements should be displayed as they ought to be. In older versions it could be that some preview elements would not be displayed correctly.
PDF documents in PDF24 Editor can be displayed is some preview modes which can be changed by menu entries. Now you can also change or rotate the display mode of all documents in the document list by hold down the CTRL key and using the mouse wheel.
The PDF24 Creator now contains a Portuguese language file. This is for all of the Portuguese users who can now choose this file to localize the PDF24 Creator to Portuguese.
Clicking on the Save as button in PDF24 Assistant opens a dialogue in which a user can select and configure an output filter. The PDF output filter now contains some more options to customize PDF output. You can now configure the PDF standard, page rotation, resolution, colour model, image compression method and fonts too.
Windows 7 and Windows Vista user could already use the enhanced PDF printer driver. Now this driver is is usable under Windows XP too. The new PDF printer driver is tuned for PDF creation. The driver supports a lot of new paper formats and does not contain a real limitation in paper size. The paper sizes A0, A1, A2 can now be used in addition to the old paper formats. Forthermore there is a option to customize the paper size.
This version is mainly a bug fix version which removes some minor bugs which we have found in the past. Forthermore we have enhanced some core parts of the software to be able to integrate new feature in the future.
The PDF Creator now contains the language files for Spanish and Japanese.
The installer now contains more language files too. The old installer had activated only the German and English language files. Now there are German, English, French, Italian, Russian and Spanish language files.
We have got a French language file and an improved Italian one. The new files are provided in version 2.8.3.
We have enhanced automatic language selection. Language files must have a special name so that the automatic language selection is able to find the files. If a language file isn't named with a correct name the auto language selection doesn't recognise the file but the file can be chosen manually in preference pages. Prior to version 2.8.3 language files could only be named with English names but now files can also have the name in their appropriate locale, e.g. the Italian language file can be named Italian.lang or Italiano.lang.
If a folder contains at least one shortcut to a mapped network drive and the drive isn't or can't be connected, then the user had to worry about delay times caused by auto resolving the shortcut. The problem is solved. There is no waiting time any more. The waiting can occur only if you double-click a network folder shortcut and the network drive isn't connected.
If the PDF24 printer of a PC belonging to a domain has been shared and connected to another PC in that domain, then print jobs would not be redirected to the right user account. We have enhanced the PDF printer and now you can use and share PDF printers between computers in a domain.
If you change the language of the PDF Creator without restarting the software after the change, then you could see placeholders in some places. After a restart of the pdf printer placeholders are replaced correctly. This small imperfection is solved.
The PDF24 Creator now contains the language files German, English, Italian and Russian. You can add further languages by copying and editing an existing language file. Brief instruction are located in our forum.
The tray icon can now be disabled or enabled in preference pages. The tray icon contains the nice screen capture feature which can't be used if you disable the tray icon. Some users who don't need this feature or who might be annoyed by the additional tray icon can now disable the icon.
Now the buttons better fit the background. Edges are softer.
If no language has been configured for a user then the language will be determined from the system language. The automatic language determination has been optimized. Now the language should be determined correctly if the necessary language file is available.
We have enhanced the setup and some components of the PDF24 Creator.
Using the buttons to send created PDF files via email had selected read confirmation of the email by default. We have changed that in version 2.8.1. By default, read confirmation is now not enabled. You have to enable this option manually if you want a read confirmation.
The assistant contains a preview now which gives you a fast overview of the created PDF file. The preview loads fast and has basic functionality to view the document. Based on the preview you can see whether all pages were created correctly.
When using the email function, an input box is shown first to request a filename for the file to which the email should be attached. In older versions there was no filename request which meant that files could have cryptic names in an email and there was no ability to change it. Sometimes the name was OK because PDF24 Creator has a method to request the name from Windows printer monitor, but a name isn't always given. Now you can enter a meaningful name.
You can change the name of a document in the editor via the context menu. In older versions name changes were done when saving a document. This feature is useful when sending a document via email. The name of a file attached to an email is the name of the document in the editor. The new feature gives you the ability to change the name and, therefore, to enter a meaningful name for files in emails.
When sending a created file via email the standard email program is used. There could be a focus problem when opening this standard mail program. This focus problem has been removed.
A printer can be shared in a network. This can be done with the PDF24 PDF printer too, but there was a bug while printing on this shared printer from a PC which uses this shared printer with the message, "Could not open user pipe". This problem has been removed. Now you can share a PDF printer in a network and use it on other PCs in the network. A typical example is a client server application. If you have a server which runs an application which is used by clients, you can share the client PDF printers and install them on the server so that the clients can print on their PDF printers to get some printouts of the application on the server.
The viewer has been enhanced. The viewer is faster and annoying flickering has been removed.
The PDF24 Creator 2.7.0 provides a way to save documents in formats other than PDF. A lot of output filters have been added so that you can save documents in the following formats: PDF, PS, EPS, PCL, PNG, JPEG, BMP, PCX, TIFF, and PSD. Most of the new output filters are image file formats. For the moment these new output filters are only available in PDF24 Assistant. A new button named "Save as" has been added to the assistant to open a form and to choose an output format. Each of these output formats have their own properties which can be changed to customize the output. Furthermore, all properties can be saved to profiles to reduce the time needed to change properties when creating a file.
Processes are visualized now. If the assistant saves or converts a document a small process windows is shwon so that the user can see that something happens. This is helpful even when operating with large files.
PDF core components have been extended so that the PDF24 Editor can read and open more PDF files. Most of the PDF files could already be opened before, but now the software can read even more.
A new screen capture option has beed added. PDF24 Creator now supports the Windows Clipboard. As soon as an image is available in the clipboard the appropriate option can be selected to generate a PDF of that content. To copy the current screen to clipboard just use the "Print" button on your keyboard.
The property area has been enhanced graphically. Sections are better structured now.
PDF24 Creator can import images from devices like scanners, digicams or webcams to create PDF files based on these imported images. The requirement is that these devices support the Twain interface. If a device supports Twain interface you can select the device through the device selection box. This allows you to create PDF image maps and you can use PDF24 Creator to optimize PDF for some purposes, e.g. you can compress PDF to send it via email.
Version 2.6.2 of PDF24 PDF Creator is now installable and usable within windows terminal server. This version has been tested within a Citrix terminal server environment.
When the PDF printer was installed on systems with 64-bit versions of Windows Vista and 7 then the user got an error message that the PDF printer couldn't be installed. This problem is fixed. The PDF24 Creator can now be installed on 32-bit and 64-bit systems with Windows XP, Vista, and 7 operating system.
If the PDF24 Creator has been installed without removing an old version it could result in conflicts. Now the new installer checks whether an old version is installed and uninstalls the old version before installing the new one.
To uninstall PDF24 Creator all running components have to be closed. If one component is running, the uninstaller blocks the uninstall process. The problem was that PDF24 Creator uses a running hidden component to create PDF files and this component had to be closed by the user. Now the installer and uninstaller first close this hidden component automatically and the user only has to close the visible running components belonging to PDF24 Creator.
The PDF24 Creator has been optimized for multi-user environments. There were problems in older versions when using PDF printer on PCs with more than one user. We have fixed the problems. Now you can use the PDF printer on PCs with more than one user.
The update behaviour has been changed too. Not every user can install updates. The PDF creator checks security attributes of users now and determines whether a user has the necessary rights to update the program. A user with limited rights can't install updates but administrators can. The new concepts of Windows Vista and Windows 7 have been taken into account. Users with limited rights will only see a notification that an update is available.
Now you can capture the screen, or a portion of it, to create a PDF of that content. There are several options: whole screen, screen working area, active windows, active window content or a user defined area. The screen capture feature is located in PDF24 Creator windows tray icon.
There is a windows tray icon for the PDF24 Creator now. Currently the tray icon is used to display settings, open the PDF editor, show information, close backend program and use screen capture feature. The icon is shown if a PDF creation process is running. Program notifications can also be shown.
The PDF24 Creator uses new printer drivers for PDF the printer. The new driver provides more features than older ones. Now there is no limitation in paper size. Small pages can be created as well as large ones. The driver has predefined, commonly used, paper sizes ISO A0 - A7, letter, ledger and executive. A user defined paper size is also possible.
Now there is a central preferences area. This area can be opened from several locations. The user can configure more settings than in older versions. The preferences area can be used on PCs with more than one user too. Not every user can change all settings, e.g. only administrators can change update behaviour. The UAC of Windows Vista and 7 have been taken into account. A user will see a message if a property page can't be selected because of limited rights. There is also the possibility to elevate a user, if the user is an administrator, to do all changes.
The PDF Creator has been restructured to make it ready for future developments.
There could be a deadlock in the PDF viewer in some circumstances. The problem has been fixed. Furthermore ,you can now navigate through pages with arrow keys.
The explorer supports shortcuts/links now. The explorer can be hidden so that only the document list is shown. There are appropriate menu entries to hide or show the explorer.
The settings for the program and the settings for a user are strictly separated now. Every user can now change their PDF Creator so that it best suits their requirements. The changes will be saved in user profiles. Only administrators can change settings which concerns the whole program.
The component which is responsible for converting documents to PDF now supports shortcuts/links in the file system. In addition, a bug in the tool has been fixed.
The updater of the PDF24 Creator has been redesigned and extended. The user guidance has been changed too. The updater supports multi-user environments now. Users with limited rights can execute the updater to look for updates, but they can't install them. This is reserved for administrators.
There was a bug in the signature process when signing a PDF file under Windows Vista and Windows 7. Part of the signature was incorrect. The bug is fixed and PDF signatures are correct now. Signatures can be checked in Adobe Reader.
The time of a signature process was not saved correctly. The problem was time offset for time zones. The bug is fixed.
The installer of the PDF24 Creator has been enhanced. Now the installer searches for active components. If a component is active the installer notifies the user that all components have to be closed. The installer only installs an update/new version if all components are closed. This also works in a multi-user environment. As long as any user has a running component the installer blocks installations.
The PDF24 Editor can be started with a file, e.g. drag & drop a file to the PDF24 editor icon. This was not allowed in older versions. The start file will be loaded into the editor automatically and is converted if the file is not a PDF.
The new icon set now contains bigger icons too so that program symbols look much better when using a large preview in Windows explorer.
The language selection at first program start has been optimized. There was a problem in version 2.5 in that the German language was always selected, which isn't good for non-German people. The problem is now fixed. The German language is selected on systems with German language and English is used for all others. This version is shipped with a German and an English language file.
With profiles you can control the quality and compression of a PDF file. A lower quality results in a smaller PDF file size and a higher quality results in a larger size. A profile can be changed in PDF24 Assistant after creating a PDF through the PDF24 printer or in a context menu of a document in the PDF24 Editor. The program settings contain an option to set a standard profile which is selected as default.
PDF files can be sent via email. This can be done in PDF Creation Assistant after a PDF is created with the PDF24 printer or in the editing user interface. A button has been added in the PDF Creation Assistant and several menu entries and a toolbar button were added in the editor to send a PDF.
The PDF24 Creator can now sign PDF documents. The software contains everything needed to create and embed a signature into a PDF document. Signing can be done with self-signed certificates, which can be created with PDF24 Creator or with a signature card. When using a signature card special Windows middleware is required to make certificates on the card available and useable. Signing is only integrated in the editor. The editor contains a new toolbar button and a new context menu entry to open a signing dialogue. In the signing dialogue you have to choose a certificate and enter some information required for signing.
This version determines filenames for created PDF files with help of the Windows printer interface. If you print a document with the name XYZ on PDF24 printer, a PDF file will be created and the name XYZ will be determined as the name for the PDF file. This helps when working with PDF24 Creator especially when creating a lot of PDF files. This can be used by other software to give PDF documents a name when created via the PDF24 printer.
Images can now be converted to PDF a little better. The created PDF doesn't contain a margin any more but only the image. This can be used to create nice PDF image maps when converting images to PDF and merging them into one PDF file. The resulting file can contain images with different sizes.
The usability was enhanced in several ways so that the user has to click fewer times when working with the editor. This includes the functions merge and delete with toolbar buttons. Based on the document selection, it can be determined what should be merged or deleted. This saves a click when choosing between all or only selected documents.
If you have opened the security settings dialogue, made changes, closed and then reopened it, the made changes were not been displayed despite having being saved correctly. This problem is now resolved.
Selecting a single page doesn't select all loaded PDF documents any more. This was a bug in previous versions. If the user selects a single page in a document then the document which contains the page becomes selected. All other documents become unselected.
The PDF24 editor starts very fast. A splash screen makes no sense here. Therefore we have removed it. The splash screen showed the personalisation image. As a replacement for the splash screen we have inserted a link in the footer area of the editor. A click on this link opens a window with the content which was shown previously in the splash screen. The personalisation image in that window is also clickable. A click on the image opens a browser with the URL which was entered in personalisation process.
Menu entries for options which are currently selected were displayed in grey and could not be selected again. The greyed menu entries normally denote a state which is unusable. We have changed this to a display of a marked checkbox in front of a menu entry to show the user that this option is currently selected. This is better and easier to understand.
Now the settings area is displayed in a new user interface and we have added some more options to customize the PDF24 Creator. Now you can change the update behaviour, language and standard quality profile.
The installer installs a suitable printer driver when installing in Windows 7. The PDF24 Creator can be used with Windows 7 now.
All components of PDF24 Creator are signed with a certificate so that you will have the certainty that the PDF24 Creator is secure and has not been changed by a third party. Windows Vista and Windows 7 will show you a corresponding message when you start the PDF24 Creator whether the program is secure or not.
The update behavior have been changed slightly. You can customize the behavior in settings. You can choose between three options (automatic, only check and notify, disabled). The updater and other program parts have been adapted to the new options.
The layout of the Assistant has been improved. A selection box to select a quality profile and a button to send the created PDF via email has been added. The update and info button has been removed and inserted as a link into the bottom bar. Now all buttons are pure function buttons which do something with the created PDF.
There are two new tools in the PDF24 editor. The first new tool can create a self-signed certificate and the second tool opens a certificate manager where you can manage your certificates. These tools are important for the signing feature.
There could be a deadlock in the integrated viewer when a document contains pages of other documents and when this document is shown in the viewer. Browsing between pages could cause the deadlock. This bug is removed.
The updater has been extracted and inserted into its own executable file and the functionality has been extended.
The background program PDFBackend has been improved. This program waits in the background for a new print job which can be printed on the PDF24 printer.
The PDF printer driver installation have been improved. Now the new installer can install different printer drivers which can be used with PDF24.
A program has been added which converts documents such as Word or PowerPoint to PDF. In this version the conversion is done with the help of PDF24 PDF printer. The program has to be started with a document as an argument which then prints the document on the PDF printer.
The assistant now has a button to edit a created PDF. A click on this button starts the editor and loads the created PDF file there.
If the PDF editor is open and a new PDF is created with PDF24 printer then the created PDF is loaded into the editor automatically and not in the assistant.