Today is a big milestone for Muhimbi, it is the day that we are releasing version 8.0 of the PDF Converter for SharePoint, the biggest release in our 8 year history.
The number of new features and changes is almost too large to list, but highlights include a completely overhauled InfoPath converter, a new setup experience, support for the new workflow engine introduced in SharePoint 2013, Support for SharePoint Online / Office 365 and much much more.
The following blog posts provide more detail:
- New InfoPath conversion engine.
- SharePoint 2013 Workflow Manager support.
- New Installation experience.
- Add QR Codes as watermarks.
- Automatically insert empty (padding) pages when merging files.
- SharePoint Online / Office 365 support.
When upgrading from an older (pre 8.0) release, read this Knowledge Base article first.
For those not familiar with the product, the PDF Converter for SharePoint is a lightweight solution that allows end-users to merge, split, watermark, secure, OCR and convert common document types - including InfoPath, AutoCAD, MSG (email) MS-Office, HTML and images - to PDF as well as other formats from within SharePoint using a friendly user interface, workflows or a web service call without the need to install any client side software or Adobe Acrobat. It integrates at a deep level with SharePoint and leverages facilities such as the Audit log, Nintex Workflow, K2 blackpearl, localisation, security and tracing. It runs on SharePoint 2007, 2010, 2013 & SharePoint Online and is available in English, German, Dutch, French, Traditional Chinese and Japanese. For detailed information check out the product page .
New InfoPath converter on the right (old on the left), no more rendering inconsistencies.
In addition to the changes listed above, some of the main changes and additions in the new version are as follows:
|1715||Excel||New||Strip DIPs from Excel files to reduce problem during conversion.|
|2519||HTML||Fix||Hang when converting HTML to PDF.|
|2376||InfoPath||Fix||Non-negative number required when converting InfoPath forms on some systems.|
|1207||InfoPath||Improvement||Improve quality of Images embedded in InfoPath forms.|
|1829||InfoPath||Improvement||InfoPath conversions have grey border.|
|1495||InfoPath||Improvement||InfoPath Conversion – Externally referenced images don't always finish loading.|
|668||InfoPath||Improvement||InfoPath Conversion - Character spacing is inconsistent.|
|2349||InfoPath||Improvement||InfoPath Temp file names need to be made more unique.|
|2291||K2||Fix||K2 - Bugs in Merging SmartObject Method.|
|2361||K2||New||K2 - Add support for the new QR code watermark activity.|
|2286||K2||New||K2 - SharePoint Converter: Extract OCR text raises exception Error Marshalling.|
|2499||Merging||Fix||Pages are repeated when merging certain documents.|
|2350||Merging||Fix||PDF Attachment not recognised in some cases.|
|2332||Merging||Fix||Error generating TOC for PDF file that has internal attachments.|
|1824||Merging||New||Feature Request - Force new documents to start on odd pages during a merge.|
|2194||Meta-data||New||Add ability to copy 'Modified' and 'Created' meta-data.|
|1950||MSG||Fix||MSG - Some formatting is incorrect when HTML email contains inline images.|
|1951||MSG||Fix||MSG - Converter does not handle RTF containing binary data.|
|2504||MSG||Fix||MSG - Compressed-RTF data size mismatch.|
|2372||MSG||Fix||MSG - Email text alignment has changed between product released|
|2333||MSG||Fix||MSG - System.ArgumentOutOfRangeException: Index and count must refer to a location within the string.|
|2195||MSG||Fix||EML - Email converted with 7.2 does not look as good as in 7.0.|
|1962||MSG||Improvement||MSG - Conversion of Office shapes.|
|1949||MSG||Improvement||EML - Improve handling of RTF content in EML messages.|
|2539||MSG||Improvement||MSG - Incorrect Sent Date in some edge cases.|
|2358||MSG||Improvement||MSG - Display text when sent date is empty.|
|2271||MSG||Improvement||MSG – Bookmark names of converted email / attachments don’t match Outlook.|
|2571||Nintex||Fix||Nintex workflow merging problem with files contain apostrophe in name.|
|2537||OCR||Fix||PDF Syntax errors after carrying out OCR on some documents.|
|2498||OCR||Fix||OCR using German Locale - Input string not in a correct format.|
|2373||OCR||Fix||Some files are not OCRed at all.|
|2346||OCR||Fix||OCR Not carried out properly on certain complex files.|
|2180||OCR||Fix||OCR text action throws exception 'There were no results returned.'|
|2020||OCR||Improvement||JPEG2000 encoded PDFs not supported by OCR.|
|2181||OCR||Improvement||OCR Text activity - return meaningful error message if license validation fails.|
|2360||Other||Fix||System.InvalidOperationException: Collection was modified; enumeration operation may not execute.|
|2316||Other||Fix||Deadlock while saving watermarked files in parallel.|
|2317||Other||Fix||Collection was modified; enumeration operation may not execute in Save method under load.|
|2318||Other||Fix||Object reference not set to an instance of an object. FontDictionaryBeginSave in Save method under load|
|2319||Other||Fix||System.Collections.Generic.KeyNotFoundException: The given key was not present in the dictionary. in PdfTrueTypeFont.CreateFontInternal method under load.|
|2320||Other||Fix||Object reference not set to an instance of an object in PdfCacheCollection. GetGroup under load|
|2235||Other||Fix||'+' character is allowed in SharePoint file names, but not in the PDF Converter.|
|2033||Other||New||Carry out default printer check during each conversion.|
|1380||Postscript||New||Add support for converting .PS & .EPS files|
|1813||Setup||Improvement||Service installer does not run on systems with only .net 4.5 installed.|
|2134||Setup||Improvement||Deployment issues on certain Win2K12R2 systems.|
|2040||Setup||New||Detect Machine Name of Conversion Server and automatically change config file.|
|2028||Setup||New||Carry out Office Activation Check.|
|2029||Setup||New||Check for Office User Profiles for Conversion Service Account.|
|2031||Setup||New||Add .Net v3.5 Runtime Availability Check.|
|2034||Setup||New||Deploy SharePoint Solution as part of main installer.|
|2035||Setup||New||Automatically deploy license file during installation.|
|2036||Setup||New||Carry out Firewall Check and open appropriate port.|
|2037||Setup||New||Launch Central Administration Muhimbi Settings Url on Installation.|
|2021||Setup||New||Check user privileges during installation.|
|2023||Setup||New||Carry out privilege check for SharePoint deployment access during installation.|
|2024||Setup||New||Carry out Office version check during installation.|
|2104||Setup||New||Digitally sign installer|
|2157||Watermarking||Fix||Ellipse watermark action - incorrect PageOrientation value.|
|1491||Watermarking||Improvement||Display and validate filter data in the automatic watermarking screens based on data type and regional settings.|
|1452||Watermarking||New||Add watermark field codes for user information e.g. email address (USER_EMAIL).|
|2301||Watermarking||New||Add support for QR Code watermarking.|
|1948||Workflow||New||Add support for the SharePoint 2013 Workflow Manager.|
For more information check out the following resources:
- Product Page.
- FAQ & Knowledge Base.
- Release Notes.
- Installation & Administration Guide.
- User Guide.
- Product videos.
- Related Blog Posts.
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