PDF Converter for SharePoint 8.3 - New HTML / SharePoint page converter

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Shortly after releasing version 8.2 of the Muhimbi PDF Converter for SharePoint - which added support for SharePoint 2016 as well as Nintex Workflow 2016 - we sat down to identify the main pain-points reported by customers, see what we could do to make life easier for everyone. It soon became clear that the number one pain-point is our HTML Converter, specifically where it comes to converting SharePoint 2013 (and later) pages and related content such as List Items and Nintex Forms.

Although we have supported HTML & URL conversions for years, due to architectural changes in SharePoint, Windows, and Internet Explorer, things just didn’t work as well as they did in the SharePoint 2007 and 2010 eras.

To cut an almost 10 month long story short, today we are releasing version 8.3 of the Muhimbi PDF Converter for SharePoint.  The key changes are as follows:

  • Brand new HTML Converter (For SharePoint pages, List items, Nintex Forms etc)

  • Brand new Image Converter (For GIF, BMP, PNG and JPG)

  • Improved resource usage of OCR engine.

  • Support for PDF Named Destinations.

SharePointConversion_thumb2Original SharePoint Web page (left), converted to PDF using the Screen Media type (middle) and the Print Media type (right)

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 2007-2016 & SharePoint Online and is available in English, German, Dutch, French, Traditional Chinese and Japanese. For detailed information check out the product page . This ‘on-premise’ version of the PDF Converter requires software to be installed on the SharePoint server. Please note that if you have no server access, there is always the option to deploy our SharePoint Online App to on-premise versions of SharePoint 2013 and 2016. For details see this blog post .

When upgrading from a previous version, read this Knowledge Base article first.

Some of the main changes and additions in the new version are as follows:

2980AutoCADFixFix text alignment issues in DWG Conversions1822AutoCADFixSystem.AccessViolationException under stress in DWG Conversions2065AutoCADImprovementImprove performance of converting complex DWG files2969HTMLFixIE HTML Conversion adds additional white pages / repeats content2966HTMLFixIE HTML Converter hides half a line2975HTMLImprovementAdd support new HTML Converter features to all Workflow Engines3145HTMLImprovementAllow '-1' to be used for (HTML) ConversionDelay3127HTMLImprovementAdd conversion delay to Diagnostics Tool2970HTMLImprovementIE HTML Conversion weird aspect ratio issue on form fields2085HTMLImprovementHTML Converter - Investigate support for offline mode1638HTMLImprovementImprove error messaging for HTML to PDF conversions.1834HTMLImprovementAllow Proxy settings to be configured in config file.2925HTMLNewCompletely overhaul HTML Converter2946HTMLNewSupport 'Screen' and 'Print' CSS media types during HTML Conversion1426ImageImprovementCompletely overhaul the Image Converter1005InfoPathFixFix potential deadlock in InfoPath converter2566MergingFixSystem.ArgumentOutOfRangeException when merging file2937MergingFixSystem.ArgumentOutOfRangeException when merging file2193MergingNewAdd support for converting and merging files attached via PDF annotations3233MSGFixIncorrect word breaking during MSG conversion2918MSGFixMSG Converter does not process page numbers2277MSGFixRogue hyperlinks when converting some emails2111MSGFixOLE Drawing object becomes opaque on IE9 when converting emails2626MSGFixText goes missing when converting emails under certain conditions2628MSGFixSome images included twice when converting emails2995MSGImprovementImprove message for 'BreakOnUnsupportedAttachment' 3103MS-WordFixWhen converting to DOCX, documents are saved in 'compatibility mode' 3054OCRFixThe characters 'fi' & 'fl' cannot be blacklisted during OCR Text extraction3044OCRFixChinese OCR not working properly2465OCRFixOCRed PDFs balloon in file size when resaved in Acrobat DC2951OCRFixUnder high load, OCR operations sometimes results in a syntax error2916OCRFixSmall PDF Syntax errors in OCRed PDFs2598OCRFixJPXDecoded files appear to leak memory during OCR3019OCRImprovementImprove OCR for PDFs that are internally rotated2707OCRImprovementExcessive memory use when parsing complex PDF file / OCR Generation3039OtherFixNullReferenceException in get_PageScaling() during postprocessing2886PDFFixAdd Page trimming to PDF Passthrough Converter2160PDFFixRemoving attachments from PDF balloons file size and slows down operations2398PDFFixPDF Bookmark corruption when merging files and empty parent bookmarks2466PDFFixCertain PDF files cause Acrobat Pro to crash1871PDFNewAdd support for turning bookmarks into PDF Named destinations3146PowerShellFixEnable-SPListWatermarkFilter does not work as expected2406ServiceFixConversion Service stuck on 'starting' after reboot3038SetupFixInstaller does not detect MS-Office click-to-run version3104SetupFixLink to 'disable loopback' KB article broken.2529SetupFixAdditional firewall rule is created during every installation3110SetupImprovementRename 'SP2013' in WSP names to 'SP2010-2016'2608SetupImprovementAutomate printer compressions settings using code2429SetupImprovementRemove all references to 'SP2013' for workflow manager actions2163TIFFFixPage orientation when converting TIFF is not always correctly identified2859TIFFNewAllow page size and margins to be specified for TIFF conversions3050WatermarkingFixReal-time watermark on open does not work when file is dragged to desktop.3020WatermarkingImprovementImprove watermarking for PDFs that are internally rotated3069WorkflowFixError applying XML override for End Page. 3006WorkflowImprovementAdd 'DocumentStartPage' support to Workflow Manager action2783WorkflowImprovementImprove support for Long Running Operations to Workflow Manager actions.

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