PDF Converter for SharePoint 8.0 — New InfoPath Converter, Workflow Manager, QR Code

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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:

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 .

Before & AfterNew 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
2298 Other Fix PdfUriAnnotation disappears.
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.

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