Feature: Option to overwrite existing files added to the auto save feature
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
Feature: New function in the PDF24 tray icon
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.
Feature: Uses Ghostscript 9.19
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.
Feature: Information shown when an image is copied to the windows clipboard
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.
Feature: Online PDF tools accessible from the launcher
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.
Feature: Tooltip of a page element in the Creator shows the source file of the page
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.
Feature: Progress bar improved
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.
Feature: File icons added to the file tool
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.
Feature: File operations of the file tool can be canceled
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
Feature: Batch processing of the file tool optimized
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.
Feature: Fax profile can be selected
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].
Feature: Delete print jobs with errors
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.
Feature: Save automatically under a specific user
You can now configure a PDF printer to automatically save files using a specific user. This can be done via the key AutoSaveUser (REG_SZ)
of a PDF printer configuration. If you need to use this feature (e.g. because only this specific user has the necessary access rights) then
you have to do the following:
- Add a printer or use the default PDF printer and enable the auto save feature
- Add the key AutoSaveUser to the config of the PDF printer in the windows registry and set the user name under which to save the printed files
- Start a session under this user
- Start the pdf24.exe in this user session
Print jobs of this PDF printer will then be send to this specific user where the PDF files gets saved.
Feature: pdf24.exe as a Windows service
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.
Feature: Cloud Print feature added
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.
Improvement: A lot of core PDF functions optimized
Version 8.0 optimizes a lot of core PDF functions and fixes some potential bugs and deadlocks. Merging, splitting and assembling of PDF files
should now run a lot faster.
Improvement: Creator loads files faster
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.
Improvement: File preview in the file explorer of the creator accelerated
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.
Improvement: PDF/A and PDF security can't be used together
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.
Improvement: Installer shows better status texts
We have added some more status texts to the installer so that you can now ollow the installation better.
Improvement: Time estimation of some operations optimized
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.
Improvement: Faster print function
We could also accelerate the print function due to parallel processing of tasks. The print function is now often twice as fast.
Improvement: Faster merging of files
We have optimized the merge function and we could accelerate the process a bit. Merging of files should now be a bit faster.
Improvement: Improved calling Ghostscript and the Doctool process
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.
Improvement: Optimized printer job file name determination
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.
Improvement: Flickering in the file tool removed
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.
Improvement: Language files updated
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.
Improvement: Operation window optimized
The operation window could run into a deadlock under some special circumstances. This problem is fixed.
Improvement: DocTool command line is now case insensitive
Case insensitiveness eases the usage of the doctool and that's the reason for this change.
Improvement: Online converter requests are no longer limited to one file
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.
BugFix: Tool-tip issue of hidden tiles in the launcher fixed
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.
BugFix: Profile selection did not show anything if the last used profile was deleted
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
BugFix: Output profile PSD 150 DPI was broken
The 150 DPI option of the PSD output filter was broken. The problem is fixed now.
BugFix: PDF passwords can now contain umlauts
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.
BugFix: Fixes an issue regarding file icons
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.