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PDF Converter Services 8.3 - New HTML & Image Converters

Posted at: 18:17 on 11 August 2017 by Muhimbi

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We are happy to announce a new version of the Muhimbi PDF Converter Services. 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 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:

2980 AutoCAD Fix Fix text alignment issues in DWG Conversions
1822 AutoCAD Fix System.AccessViolationException under stress in DWG Conversions
2065 AutoCAD Improvement Improve performance of converting complex DWG files
2969 HTML Fix IE HTML Conversion adds additional white pages / repeats content
2966 HTML Fix IE HTML Converter hides half a line
3145 HTML Improvement Allow '-1' to be used for (HTML) ConversionDelay
3127 HTML Improvement Add conversion delay to Diagnostics Tool
2970 HTML Improvement IE HTML Conversion weird aspect ratio issue on form fields
2085 HTML Improvement HTML Converter - Investigate support for offline mode
1638 HTML Improvement Improve error messaging for HTML to PDF conversions.
1834 HTML Improvement Allow Proxy settings to be configured in config file.
2925 HTML New Completely overhaul HTML Converter
2946 HTML New Support 'Screen' and 'Print' CSS media types during HTML Conversion
1426 Image Improvement Completely overhaul the Image Converter
1005 InfoPath Fix Fix potential deadlock in InfoPath converter
2566 Merging Fix System.ArgumentOutOfRangeException when merging file
2937 Merging Fix System.ArgumentOutOfRangeException when merging file
2193 Merging New Add support for converting and merging files attached via PDF annotations
3233 MSG Fix Incorrect word breaking during MSG conversion
2918 MSG Fix MSG Converter does not process page numbers
2277 MSG Fix Rogue hyperlinks when converting some emails
2111 MSG Fix OLE Drawing object becomes opaque on IE9 when converting emails
2626 MSG Fix Text goes missing when converting emails under certain conditions
2628 MSG Fix Some images included twice when converting emails
2995 MSG Improvement Improve message for 'BreakOnUnsupportedAttachment'
3103 MS-Word Fix When converting to DOCX, documents are saved in 'compatibility mode'
3054 OCR Fix The characters 'fi' & 'fl' cannot be blacklisted during OCR Text extraction
3044 OCR Fix Chinese OCR not working properly
2465 OCR Fix OCRed PDFs balloon in file size when resaved in Acrobat DC
2951 OCR Fix Under high load, OCR operations sometimes results in a syntax error
2916 OCR Fix Small PDF Syntax errors in OCRed PDFs
2598 OCR Fix JPXDecoded files appear to leak memory during OCR
3019 OCR Improvement Improve OCR for PDFs that are internally rotated
2707 OCR Improvement Excessive memory use when parsing complex PDF file / OCR Generation
3039 Other Fix NullReferenceException in get_PageScaling() during postprocessing
2886 PDF Fix Add Page trimming to PDF Passthrough Converter
2160 PDF Fix Removing attachments from PDF balloons file size and slows down operations
2398 PDF Fix PDF Bookmark corruption when merging files and empty parent bookmarks
2466 PDF Fix Certain PDF files cause Acrobat Pro to crash
1871 PDF New Add support for turning bookmarks into PDF Named destinations
2406 Service Fix Conversion Service stuck on 'starting' after reboot
3038 Setup Fix Installer does not detect MS-Office click-to-run version
3104 Setup Fix Link to 'disable loopback' KB article broken.
2529 Setup Fix Additional firewall rule is created during every installation
2608 Setup Improvement Automate printer compression settings using code
2163 TIFF Fix Page orientation when converting TIFF is not always correctly identified
2859 TIFF New Allow page size and margins to be specified for TIFF conversions
3020 Watermarking Improvement Improve watermarking for PDFs that are internally rotated


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