This blog will inform you about news on PDFCreator as well as aspects and stories around pdfforge.
philip | 2013-05-08 17:04
As you may know, we have been talking for quite a while about a complete rewrite of PDFCreator. As I have started the project in 2002, it was just before my studies in computer science began. The programming language that was at hand was Visual Basic 6, so I started putting a few things together with that.
Since then, a lot has happend. A lot of features went into PDFCreator, a lot of knowledge and experience came to us and Visual Basic has been deprecated in favour of the .Net framework. As the current code is very hard to maintain, test and extend, we are thinking about a complete rewrite for quite a few years now.
Last July, we have started intense work on that. Now the time has come, that we would like to have the community take a part in the development by testing the current state and giving a feedback on problems, bugs and the new user experience.
There are a few points to consider:
- This is a very early version, so you should use it only in a testing environment.
- The release also is not feature-complete. Currently, it's not possible to look at the list of pending print jobs in PDFCreator or to combine them.
- There is no server mode or a COM interface.
- There is also no manual so far.
- Currently, there is only the offline package containing PDF Architect in the download as well
- Finally, the settings of the old PDFCreator will not be imported, as they have a different structure. Most likely we will write import functionality that will preserve most of the settings later.
So please take it for what it is: an early developer preview. Having that in mind, we are very curious to hear your feedback on the current state.
You can find the download here:
Due to the early state, things may change significantly in the user interface, so please do not start translating the application yet. We would like to wait a while for the whole translation to stabilize, because some changes could leave your translation unusable.
Please leave any remarks you may have in the forum thread for this preview version:
philip | 2013-04-16 15:16
We are happy to release PDFCreator 1.7.0 and PDF Architect 1.1 today.
PDFCreator now produces PDF/A 2b output and has a lot of small fixes and improvements included.
PDF Architect now allows to move pages in the document by dragging and dropping them in the page preview, add lines and different shapes an a lot more. PDF Architect 1.1 is included in the PDFCreator offline setup and can be downloaded and installed during the regular setup. Existing users of PDF Architect will receive an update notification shortly.
philip | 2013-01-14 18:36
We are happy to announce PDFCreator 1.6.2 today. This is a bugfix release.
The release fixes brings to components in different version. MSCOMCTL.OCX is included in a newer version because a security problem ahs been found. Ghostscript was downgraded to 9.05, because 9.05 has a memory leak which causes a high memory consumption when a lot of PDFs are converted, like in server mode.
We have also fixed a problem in the pdfcmon on Terminal Servers. The detection for the Session name encoding (hex or decimal) was broken and did only work, when logging was activated.
You can also find a full list in the changelog: http://www.pdfforge.org/content/whats-new
We hope that you enjoy this new release!
philip | 2012-11-22 18:44
We are happy to announce PDFCreator 1.6.0 today. This very includes our new PDF Architect which greatly enhances the capabilities of the old Architect. As the new Architect is significatnly larger, we have created an online setup which will download PDF Architect on the fly if it was selected and an offline setup that can be used when no internet connection is available or a slow download is anticipated.
We also did some improvements to the pdfcmon to handle some special cases on different Terminal Server editions.
We hope that you enjoy this new version. As always, you can find it on our download page.
PS: Due to heavy spam, we have to keep the comments closed. If you do have questions, please use the foums: http://forums.pdfforge.org/
philip | 2012-11-16 12:48
Yesterday we have finally released the new PDF Architect together with it's new site www.pdfarchitect.org. The new PDF Architect ist built on a completely new code base. We have been working together with the company Lulu Software to bring you a more stable and overall improved PDF Edtior.
The free edition of PDF Architect will have the same functionality like the old one (rotate & delete pages, merge PDFs etc). But it allows you to buy AddOn modules for advenced feature you may require, like editing text within a final PDF file, applying 256 Bit AES encryption, adding, removing or modifying images within the PDF and much more.
Together with the PDFCreator 1.6.0 release, the new PDF Architect will also be integrated with PDFCreator. We are very excited about this and hope that you will enjoy the new PDF Architect as much as we do.