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

Posted at: 15:39 on 07 August 2017 by Muhimbi


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:

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
2975 HTML Improvement Add support new HTML Converter features to all Workflow Engines
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
3146 PowerShell Fix Enable-SPListWatermarkFilter does not work as expected
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
3110 Setup Improvement Rename 'SP2013' in WSP names to 'SP2010-2016'
2608 Setup Improvement Automate printer compressions settings using code
2429 Setup Improvement Remove all references to 'SP2013' for workflow manager actions
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
3050 Watermarking Fix Real-time watermark on open does not work when file is dragged to desktop.
3020 Watermarking Improvement Improve watermarking for PDFs that are internally rotated
3069 Workflow Fix Error applying XML override for End Page.
3006 Workflow Improvement Add 'DocumentStartPage' support to Workflow Manager action
2783 Workflow Improvement Improve support for Long Running Operations to Workflow Manager actions.

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