Both the Muhimbi PDF Converter for SharePoint Online and PDF Converter API & Server Platform see many new releases each year. The most recent formal announcement was for version 9.10, but as versions 9.11 and 9.12 have been released as well, it is about time for an overview of the key changes.
Key highlights for versions 9.11 and 9.12, are as follows:
- Support for PDF/A-3b in addition to existing support for PDF/A-1b and 2b.
- Automatically generate named destinations based on PDF Bookmarks.
- Support merging of PDF Portfolio files.
- A new 100% Free subscription tier (See upcoming blog post).
- Unhide hidden Excel columns and rows during PDF conversion.
- PDF Conversion of Outlook contacts (in MSG Format).
- PDF Conversion of delivery and read receipts (in MSG Format).
- Support for targeting 'last page' when watermarking documents.
- Many improvements to email, AutoCAD, MS-Word and HTML converters.
- Link multiple tenants in a single subscription.
- Enable Watermark on Open on 'Modern View' lists and libraries.
Please note that all SharePoint Online versions are numbered in the 9.X range. At the time of writing the most recent version of the on-premise software is 8.4. For those not familiar with the product, the Muhimbi PDF Converter for SharePoint Online is a lightweight subscription based solution that allows end-users to convert merge, split, watermark, secure, and OCR common document types - including InfoPath, AutoCAD, MSG (email) MS-Office, HTML and images - to PDF using SharePoint Online through a friendly user interface or via workflows, without the need to install any client-side software or Adobe Acrobat. More details can be found on the product page . An on-premise version for SharePoint 2007-2019 is available separately.
The Muhimbi PDF Converter API and Server Platform is included in the PDF Converter for SharePoint Online, but also available as a separate subscription. Although frequently used in combination with SharePoint Online, it is a completely stand-alone product which is typically used programmatically via its REST based API, via Microsoft Flow, Azure Logic Apps or Microsoft PowerApps. It comes with the same functionality as the SharePoint Online product to convert, merge, watermark, secure and OCR files.
In addition to the changes listed above, the key changes and additions in the new version are as follows:
|4266||API||Fix||Async operation for paging (null reference error)|
|4126||API||Fix||API users getting Subscription not found error for SharePoint requests|
|4136||API||Improvement||API call security improvements for writing files to SharePoint online|
|4139||API||Improvement||Improve error message for REST calls|
|4058||API||Improvement||Trim white spaces from the input parameters for API and Workflow actions|
|4141||API||Improvement||Allow SharePoint and source file data in same request for all API actions|
|3991||API||Improvement||Include file name in 'File not found' error for API Merge action|
|4145||AutoCAD||Fix||Upgrade AutoCAD Converter|
|3033||AutoCAD||Fix||Cad drawings converted into PDF have syntax issues|
|2941||AutoCAD||Fix||When AutoCAD conversions are running in parallel they sometimes fail|
|1902||AutoCAD||Fix||Hebrew Font Rendering doesn't work for AutoCAD conversions|
|3977||Conversion||New||Add support for XLT and XLTX|
|4254||Documentation||New||Documented: Elevate permission does not work on Modern Group site|
|3926||Documentation||New||Document how to enable SPFx package on sites|
|3012||Documentation||New||Document different ways to use copy metadata action for Flow/API|
|3907||Fix||MSG Converter - Content goes missing from beginning of line|
|3324||Fix||MSG Converter - UTF-8/UTF-16 encoding issues|
|2932||Fix||MSG Converter - Incorrect line spacing|
|4135||Fix||OverflowException converting msg file|
|4368||Fix||MSG Converter - URLs containing # not converted correctly|
|4376||Fix||Some embedded images in a MimeFile email are disappearing|
|4308||Fix||MSG converter - Image does not appear|
|4174||Improvement||MSG Converter - Fix 'sent date' when converting email drafts|
|3101||Improvement||Improve error for 'BreakOnUnsupportedAttachment' during MSG conversion|
|4377||Improvement||MSG rendering errors when FitWidthScaleImagesOnly is used|
|2802||New||Make it possible to change page size and margins for RTF based emails|
|4066||New||MSG Converter - Add support for displaying of Contacts|
|3976||New||Conversion of MAPI report emails to PDF (Read receipts, delivery receipts)|
|4364||New||Reference error for msg file type containing excel attachment|
|4067||Excel||New||Implement facility to un-hide Excel Columns and Rows|
|3995||Excel||New||Add support for XLSM to Online|
|3994||GDPR||New||Add support for anonymizing accounts|
|3535||HTML||Fix||Cannot see List content within Web-part Page using HTML Converter|
|4217||HTML||Fix||Strange letter spacing in pdf converted from html|
|4210||HTML||Fix||Some websites cannot be converted|
|4304||HTML||Fix||HTML based Email conversion is impossible for certain locales|
|4322||HTML||Improvement||Improve long running HTML conversions|
|4084||HTML||Improvement||Improve error message for converting ASPX files|
|4284||K2||New||Add support for K2 Online|
|3187||Merging||Fix||Merged document cannot be saved|
|3169||Merging||Fix||Named destinations are duplicated in certain scenarios|
|3152||Merging||Fix||Named destinations are lost during merge|
|3142||Merging||Fix||Named Destinations with German 'umlaute' fail|
|4069||Merging||Fix||PDFLayoutDontCare error during merging|
|3263||Merging||Fix||Chinese character displayed incorrectly in merging error messages|
|3148||Merging||Fix||PDF.ConvertAttachmentMode=RemoveAll doesn't appear to work|
|4021||Merging||Fix||Merge does not throw error when file type is not supported by subscription|
|4753||Merging||Fix||PdfNamedDestinationCollection exception during merging|
|4745||Merging||Fix||Layering problems after merging certain documents|
|4750||Merging||Fix||NullReferenceException in GetNodeCount while merging documents|
|4218||Merging||Improvement||Improve support for VERY large merge operations.|
|4645||Metadata||Fix||The property or field 'ServerRelativeUrl' has not been initialized|
|3036||Metadata||Improvement||Three versions when copy metadata option is selected|
|2791||MS-Word||Fix||DIP is not stripped for some MS-Word files|
|2294||MS-Word||Improvement||Fix filename field in headers and footers when converting Word files|
|734||MS-Word||Improvement||Fix conversion of Documents containing the ASK / FILLIN field|
|4028||MS-Word||Improvement||Add DOT & DOTX to all subscriptions that support DOCX|
|3429||OCR||Fix||Nullref exception in UnicodeTrueTypeFont.SetSymbols during OCR|
|3428||OCR||Fix||NullRef Exception in ITrueTypeFont.GetCharWidth during OCR|
|4245||OCR||Fix||GDI+' errors when carrying out OCR on certain documents|
|4392||OCR||Fix||'Bad request' error displayed when operations exceeded for workflow|
|4657||OCR||Fix||Error while reading image's width during OCR|
|4270||OCR||Improvement||Russian OCR support|
|2920||Fix||PDF/A Conversion - Validation Error - contains action of type launch|
|1910||Improvement||Improve support for merging Acrobat PDF Portfolio Files|
|3109||New||Add support for PDF/A-3B|
|4260||PDF Secure||Fix||Security settings does not populate passwords when used inherit settings|
|4706||Splitting||Fix||Processed File name' not correct for some Split operations|
|4076||System||Fix||Add support for restricted characters in paths|
|4077||System||Fix||Improve error messages when dealing with paths|
|4271||System||Fix||Empty file extension not recognized|
|4234||System||Fix||The specified string is not in the form required for an e-mail address|
|4365||System||Improvement||Implement support for TLS1.2|
|4311||System||Improvement||Improve region specific subscriptions|
|4048||System||Improvement||Update cross conversion error message in conversion service|
|3107||System||Improvement||Improve support for special characters in paths|
|2565||System||New||Allow multiple tenancies to be grouped under a single subscription|
|3885||System||New||Add 'free' tier to subscription model|
|3125||System||New||Allow custom fonts to be installed on Online Servers|
|4734||TOC||Fix||TOC generation fails for certain locales|
|4022||UI||Fix||SharePoint Online built-in PDF Viewer does not show Trial watermark|
|3851||UI||Improvement||Browser’s Back button behaves unexpectedly|
|4059||UI||Improvement||SPO subscription registration screen is not responsive|
|3930||UI||Improvement||Update instructions on the watermark settings pages for modern view|
|3908||UI||Improvement||Improve display of errors on registration screen|
|3560||UI||Improvement||Improve messaging in 'Login' and 'Create account' screens|
|2604||UI||Improvement||Make convert page more responsive & add indicator for page processing|
|3957||UI||New||Create UI for merging subscriptions|
|2860||Visio||Fix||Visio hangs on some files|
|4187||Viso||Fix||Some Visio files are not converting|
|3989||Watermarking||Fix||Font errors when watermarking documents|
|4236||Watermarking||Fix||Layers' related problem when watermarking PDF|
|4318||Watermarking||Fix||Activating watermarking feature potentially breaks 3rd party customisations|
|4307||Watermarking||Fix||Modern view list view attachment error when using real-time watermarking|
|4025||Watermarking||Fix||Browser shows bad request for documents containing special chars|
|4130||Watermarking||Fix||Realtime Watermark is not working on the modern view list|
|3936||Watermarking||Improvement||Add support for watermarking last page|
|4350||Watermarking||Improvement||Realtime watermark feature is not working for embedded web parts|
|3891||Watermarking||Improvement||Watermark performance improvement for large PDF files|
|3918||Watermarking||Improvement||Make real-time watermark URL shorter|
|4085||Workflow||Fix||Cannot create GUID during workflow execution|
|4078||Workflow||Fix||NullReferenceException during WorkflowOperation|
|4242||Workflow||Fix||HTML Conversion error hexadecimal value 0x00, is an invalid character|
|4237||Workflow||Fix||Error during merge action when URL is used without forward slash|
|4198||Workflow||Fix||Merge workflow folder name contain semicolon shows file not found error|
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