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The Portable Document Format (PDF) is a format designed to make exchanging documents easier. It was developed by Adobe Systems. The creation of PDF is very easy with our free PDF Creator. Find out how you can create PDF from any application which has the 'print' option.
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Our free software project gives you a powerful tool to create PDF files. The tool is very easy to use and you can create PDF documents from almost any application. Furthermore, the tool can not only create PDF files but also edit existing ones.
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Our free PDF printer works with all windows applications because we use a virtual printer to create PDF files. The PDF creation process is as follows: First, create your documents in your favourite application e. g. Word. To create a PDF of your document just print it out on the virtual PDF printer. This creates a PDF file based on the contents of your document.
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Faster language selection field in the OCR tool
- We have over 100 languages available for selection in the OCR tool, which can be selected via the selection box. The list is now long and the loading time of the list was slightly higher than it should be, which was not so easy to use when working fast. We have optimized here. The language selection box is now fast again.
Correction for an un-inserted OCR text layer in previously compressed PDF files
In previously compressed PDF files, we were unable to merge the OCR text layer with the actual PDF. Here we have also optimized to eliminate this problem. OCR is now also possible with PDF files that were previously compressed.
Correction for overlay / underlay for PDF files with compressed PDF objects
- Merging a PDF with compressed objects was problematic and we had problems with it. This problem has been solved and we are now able to merge PDF files here as well. This feature is the basis for the paper and overlay feature in the software.
Correction for Overlay / Underlay using the "Repeat Last Page" feature
- The problem has crept in one of the last versions. If the option "Repeat last page" was used, the two PDFs were not merged correctly. This problem is now also out of the world.
Correction when sending files to PDF24 cloud services
- Sending faxes to the PDF24 fax service and sending files to the PDF24 online converter resulted in an error. We investigated and fixed the problem. Users using these features should upgrade to PDF24 Creator 8.8.2.
PDF24 PDF printer Windows service optimized
- We have optimized the PDF24 PDF printer Windows service. The aim was to make it more robust, as some users have reported problems. Some optimizations have been implemented and we hope that this service will now run even more reliably than before.
OCR: Configuration implemented to use only installed language files
- In version 8.8.1 the OCR tool was extended by an option, so that only locally installed language files may be used. This prevents the reloading of language files from the internet. This option is advantageous for companies, because in this way the individual users do not load the same language files into their user profile, but there is a central place with these files. This option has not yet been documented and if you are interested, please submit a request in the PDF24 help area.
OCR: Using the single file save dialog when there is only one file in the list
- If only one file was processed in the OCR tool and the result is then saved, then the single file save dialog is used here. This behavior is more user-friendly.
Compress: Using the single file save dialog when there is only one file in the list
- If only one file was processed in the PDF compress tool and the result is then saved, then the single file save dialog is also used here. This increases user-friendliness.
OCR: Suffix for file names when saving
- When saving files in the OCR tool, a file name suffix can now be added automatically. The suffix can be stored in the settings under the name "ocr.saveFileSuffix". So far there is no option in the settings area, so that you have to insert this value manually in the Windows registry.
OCR: DPI option now available as parameter
- On the OCR tool, the DPI option is now visible and can be used to better tune the OCR process. By default, the recommended 300 DPI value is set.
OCR: DPI and profile options are remembered
- DPI and profile values of the OCR tool are now saved in the user settings and restored the next time the OCR tool is started.
Compress: Suffix for file names when saving
- When saving files in the PDF shrink tool, a file name suffix can now also be added automatically. The suffix can be stored in the settings under the name "compress.saveFileSuffix". So far there is no option in the settings area, so that you have to insert this value manually in the Windows registry.
PDF Merge: Optimized profile selection dialog in file tools
- The recently added Skip button in the profile selection dialog has been removed. Instead, a new profile was inserted, which implements the "Merge only" function.
QPDF: Upgrade to version 8.4.0
- Improvements of the QPDF version 8.4.0 are partly included in the PDF24 Creator. Necessary adjustments in PDF24 Creator due to changes in QPDF have been implemented.
- Security settings are now supported more finely by QPDF. With this we can now also use these with finer granularity.
QPDF: Status output is now visible in the debug console
- With these changes the output of QPDF can now be viewed in the debug console. This will help you to find possible problems.
Unlock Tool: Password no longer contained in the command line
- Removing passwords uses QPDF. QPDF is started and the password is transferred. This password is no longer passed on the command line, but via a different way, so that the password can no longer be viewed from the command line.
PDF24 Reader: Fixed issues opening protected PDFs
- An attempt is now made to use passwords with different encodings to load a password-protected PDF file. This helps when loading PDF files with incorrect password encoding.
Option to keep annotations enabled by default
- To ensure that links and other annotations contained in PDF files are not lost during merging, annotations must be retained. This option is now enabled by default.
PDF reduction tool structurally revised
- The user interface of the compression tool is now better separated from the actual shrinking process. In this way, some functions behave better.
OCR Tool structurally reworked
- The user interface of the OCR tool is now also better separated from the actual processing process. Here, too, some functions behave better in this way.
OCR and compression tool set initial storage folder to input file folder
- When saving individual files, the initial folder in the file selection dialog is set to the folder of the input file. This behavior is somewhat more user friendly.
PDF Merge: Solved problem with rotated pages
- A problem has been discovered and fixed that occurred when merging PDF files with rotated pages. Here it came partly to a wrong orientation of pages.
Creator: Solved problems loading locked PDFs
- A correction for loading certain PDF files that did not pass the unlock step correctly has been added to the Creator.
Improved deletion of temporary files in the creator
- Deleting temporary files in Creator sometimes failed. If, for example, a file is still being processed, it cannot be deleted. We have optimized here and adapted processes so that the temporary files are also deleted in these situations.
Solved problems closing the PDF compression tool
- Closing the PDF Compression Tool has been improved because some temporary files were not deleted in rare cases and could crash on very rare occasions.
Problems with closing the OCR tool fixed
- Fixes a problem with not removing temporary files in the OCR tool when the tool is closed before all files have been processed.
Umlauts in the file name were problematic
- QPDF is used to remove passwords from PDF files. The support of umlauts in file names is not yet well supported by QPDF under Windows. In the PDF24 Creator we have made changes to avoid problems in this context.
Fixes a problem when printing large files on the PDF printer
- If large files are printed on the PDF printer and the print job is larger than 2 gigabytes, then the assistant was not opened and the large temporary file of the print job remained in the file system and was not deleted. This problem has now been fixed and the print job can now be larger than 2 GB.
OCR: Text layer was not oriented correctly with some PDF files
- This version brings a correction for rotated text layers for pages that are already rotated in input files. Here we did not adjust the text layer correctly to the rotation of the source page. This problem has been fixed.
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