PDF Converter Services 8.3 - New HTML & Image Converters

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We are happy to announce a new version of the Muhimbi PDF Converter API and Server Platform. Although a lot of fixes, workaround and small tweaks have been added, the key change in the 8.3 release is a completely overhauled HTML to PDF Converter, which is more up to date with the latest web based technologies, and more importantly, no longer has a dependency on Internet Explorer.

The key changes are as follows:

  • Brand new HTML Converter

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

  • Improved resource usage of OCR engine.

  • Support for PDF Named Destinations.

SharePointConversion_thumb2_thumbOriginal Web page (left), converted to PDF using the Screen Media type (middle) and the Print Media type (right)

A quick introduction for those not familiar with the product: The Muhimbi PDF Converter Services is an ‘on premises’ server based SDK that allows software developers to convert typical Office files to PDF format using a robust, scalable but friendly Web Services interface from Java, .NET, Ruby & PHP based solutions. It supports a large number of file types including MS-Office and ODF file formats as well as HTML, MSG (email), EML, AutoCAD and Image based files and is used by some of the largest organisations in the world for mission critical document conversions. In addition to converting documents the product ships with a sophisticated watermarking engine, PDF Splitting and Merging facilities, an OCR facility and the ability to secure PDF files. Separate SharePoint and Cloud-based Subscription services are available as well.

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 line3145HTMLImprovementAllow '-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 destinations2406ServiceFixConversion 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 installation2608SetupImprovementAutomate printer compression settings using code2163TIFFFixPage orientation when converting TIFF is not always correctly identified2859TIFFNewAllow page size and margins to be specified for TIFF conversions3020WatermarkingImprovementImprove watermarking for PDFs that are internally rotated

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