PDFCreator

The FREE PDF Converter tool

What's new?

PDFCreator 1.9.3

Released 2014-04-17

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

Improvements

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

Bugs fixed

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

Known issues

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

PDFCreator 1.9.2 (Preview Version 2)

Released 2014-01-31

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

Improvements

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

Bugs fixed

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

Known issues

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

Still missing

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

PDFCreator 1.9.1 (Preview version)

Released 2013-11-14

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

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

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