PDF Converter Services 4.1 - New HTML / Image Conversion & InfoPath improvements

Posted at: 14:50 on 10 January 2011 by Muhimbi


Last week’s release of version 4.1 of the PDF Converter for SharePoint shipped with an improved version of our popular PDF Conversion engine. Today we are releasing an update to the standalone version of the Muhimbi PDF Converter Services that includes the same engine including all new functionality such as HTML to PDF Conversion and the many improvements we have made to the conversion of InfoPath documents.

Let’s have a look at some of the new functionality:

If you can’t wait to give it a go then proceed straight to the download link at the end of this post. Read on for a full list of all changes and improvements.

PDF-Converter-Web-Services-Class-Diagram High level overview of the main Web Services based interface. Full Details can be found in the User / Developer Guide.

A quick introduction for those not familiar with the product: The Muhimbi PDF Converter Services is a 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 and .NET based solutions. It supports a large number of file types including MS-Office and ODF file formats as well as HTML and Images 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 and the ability to secure PDF files. A separate SharePoint specific version is available as well.

In addition to the changes listed above, some of the main changes in the new version are as follows:

642 New - Support for HTML to PDF Conversion in Web Service.
1011 New - Support for PDF conversion of common image types such as BMP, GIF, PNG, JPG.
870 New - Web Service method to allow existing PDF files to be watermarked.
1001 New - Automatically convert files attached to InfoPath forms to PDF.
993 New - Allow non-default InfoPath views to be selected for conversion to PDF.
1002 New - Allow multiple InfoPath views to be converted and merged into a single PDF file.
770 Fix   - File system based XSN references are now decoded properly.
673 New - Allow range of InfoPath page numbers to convert to be specified.
1110 Fix   - Borders are clipped incorrectly for watermarks.
1118 Fixed – Setup has more instructions and better account validation.
992 New - Setup now alerts the user of potential 'loopbackcheck' problems.
836 Fix   - Applying Security on PDF files corrupts certain pages.
885 Fixed - Increased compatibility with InfoPath 2010.
882 Fixed - Size of watermarked documents have been improved by an order of magnitude.
882 Fixed - Performance of watermarking documents has been improved by an order of magnitude.<
1191 Fixed - Applying owner password on certain PDF files results in an error.
1116 New - Allow Converter Specific Settings to be specified on the Web Services Interface.
1130 New - Allow InfoPath Specific Settings to be specified on the Web Services Interface.
1117 New - Allow PowerPoint Specific Settings to be specified on the Web Services Interface.
757 New - Allow MS-Word Specific Settings to be specified on the Web Services Interface.
1080 New - Recovery options are now automatically configured for the Windows Service.
1145 Fixed - Fractions used in watermarks have been fixed for a number of locales.
1017 Fixed - Credentials were incorrectly cached for HTML to PDF Conversion.
1142 Fixed - Watermarking fill color no longer defaults to black.
1143 Fixed - Watermarking random positioning is now more random.
675 Fixed - Excel to PDF Conversion now allows range of page numbers to be specified.
1106 New - Allow custom credentials for the retrieval of InfoPath XSN files to be specified.
1146 New - Added additional details to Conversion Service trace log.
1152 Fixed - HTML to PDF URLs now allow spaces in the URL.


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