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You can create PDF files out of any application which provides a print option. PDF creation is done by a virtual printer which will be installed by setup and which is named "PDF24". Printing on this printer creates a PDF of the content that was printed.
You can save documents in many new formats. In the past the PDF24 Creator could only save as PDF file format, but now you can save files as PDF, PS, EPS, PCL, PNG, JPEG, BMP, PCX, TIFF, and PSD. Most of the new formats are image formats.
A PDF creation assistant opens after you have printed something on the PDF printer. The assistant has some basic functionality such as view, save, send or edit the created PDF. Setting a PDF profile to create a PDF with a particular quality is possible too.
The PDF24 Creator contains a component to convert different documents and images to PDF. To convert documents, open the PDF24 Creator and drag & drop documents from the integrated explorer into the right-hand window area. The PDF24 Creator then converts these documents to PDF.
With PDF24 Creator you can set and modify PDF document properties. Open the PDF24 Creator, drag & drop a document into the right-hand window area, open the document’s context menu by right clicking on the name and choose the properties option.
The installation of the PDF24 Creator is very easy. Download the setup from pdf24.org and execute it by double clicking it. The setup assistant guides you through the installation process. After the setup assistant has completed successfully, the PDF24 Creator and the PDF printer, "PDF24", are ready for use.
The installed PDF printer driver contains a lot of useful features. When printing a document from an application, the printer’s properties can be opened at printer selection. In these properties you can choose a coloured or black/white print, print multiple pages on one page, landscape print, reverse page order and so on. There is no limitation in paper size. You can create PDF files with small paper sizes or with large ones. The driver contains predefined, commonly used paper sizes such as A7 - A0, letter, ledger and executive.
With profiles you can control the quality and compression of a PDF file. A lower quality results in a smaller PDF file size, a better quality results in a larger PDF file size. A small selection box has been added to the PDF creation assistant to set a particular profile for the PDF. The profiles can also be changed in the PDF24 editor user interface for each document.
The PDF24 Creator has been designed for an easy and intuitive use. The user interface is self-explanatory.
Choosing documents and browsing through folders is easy with the integrated explorer. Drag & Drop a document from the explorer into the right-hand window area to create and edit PDF files.
The PDF24 Creator displays loaded PDF documents in the right-hand window area. Each loaded document contains a preview of its pages. There are different preview modes with different sizes. The preview gives you a fast overview of the content of a document and helps with page selection.
The PDF24 Creator contains a PDF viewer for displaying PDF documents. The viewer can be opened by double clicking on the name, by double clicking on a particular page or by clicking the appropriate icon in the toolbar. The viewer has common features such as rotate, scale up, scale down, fit to view and much more. Furthermore you can save a particular page as an image.
Merging multiple PDF documents into one can also be done with PDF24 Creator. Open the PDF24 Creator and load the PDF documents by selecting them with the integrated explorer and drag & drop them into the right-hand window area. Bring the PDF documents into order by using the up/down buttons in the toolbar and finally click the "merge" button to merge the PDF documents. The merging order is from top to bottom.
One of the best features of PDF24 Creator is working page-based. You can drag & drop pages from one PDF document to another, delete pages in a PDF and change the order of pages by moving them from one place to another. These are functions with which you can create new PDF documents based on other ones.
With the PDF24 Creator you can change several security properties in a PDF and also secure one with a password. Open the PDF24 Creator, load or create a PDF, right click on the name to open the context menu and choose properties there. Click on the security tab and apply your settings.
Emails with a PDF file attached can be sent with PDF24 Creator. This can be done in the PDF creation assistant after you have created a PDF file, or in the editor. In PDF printer assistant there is a button to send the currently created PDF, and in the editor there is a toolbar button and a menu entry in each context menu of a PDF document to send via email.
Signing is another great feature of PDF24 Creator. The software contains everything you need to create and embed a signature into a PDF file. To use this feature you need a certificate for signing in your Windows user account. A self-signed certificate can be created with the PDF24 Creator to sign PDF documents. A signature card can also be used if you have a middleware which imports the certificate into your Windows user account.
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.
This 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 placed below the remaining pages of the PDF file.
The PDF24 Creator determines file names for created PDF documents when printed on the PDF24 PDF printer. The Windows printer interface is used to determine the original name. When printing a document which is named XYZ, this name will be used as the PDF file name automatically. This eases working with PDF24 Creator, especially when working with multiple documents. In this way, third party software can provide a good name for a document when printing on the PDF24 printer.
Images can be converted to PDF without unwanted side-effects. Open the PDF24 Creator and drag & drop images from the integrated explorer into the right-hand window area. This converts the images to PDF. The created PDF contains only the image and no ugly margins. This offers you the possibility of creating beautiful PDF image maps when merging several PDFs into one.
The PDF24 Creator can also extract text from PDF documents. Load a PDF document and select the appropriate entry in the context menu of that document.
Printing of created PDF documents is also one of PDF24 Creator’s functions. Click on the print icon next to a loaded document.
You can personalize the PDF24 Creator by integrating your own image into the software. The image is shown in PDF24 Creator at several positions. To personalize the PDF24 Creator you have to use our online kit on pdf24.org.
The PDF24 Creator can download and install updates automatically to keep the software up-to-date. The update behaviour can be customized.
The PDF24 Creator can be used in environments with more than one user. More than one user can log in and use the PDF printer. User rights and new versions of Windows Vista and 7 are taken into account.
You can capture the screen or only a portion of the screen to create a PDF of that content. There are several options: whole screen, screen working area, active windows, active window content, user defined area and Windows clipboard. The screen capture feature is located via the PDF24 Creator tray icon.
There is a Windows tray icon for the PDF24 Creator. Currently the tray icon is used to open settings, open the PDF editor, to show information, to close the backend application and to use the screen capture feature. The icon is seen if a PDF creation process is running. Application notifications will also be shown.
PDF24 Creator can read data from a scanner, digicam or webcam if these devices support the TWAIN interface. This data can be used to create PDF files.
The PDF Creator has been developed for the operating systems Windows XP, Vista and 7. New versions of Windows Vista and 7 have been taken into account.