DocConverter Release Notes 2015.1.0.16230


Build 2015.1.0.16230


This major new ActivePDF DocConverter release includes new features and bug fixes.



Software Requirements


The following software is required to successfully use DocConverter.



  • Windows Server® 2008 (32- or 64-bit edition) OR

  • Windows Server® 2012 R2

  • Microsoft® .NET Framework 4.0 (If it is not detected, it will be installed automatically)


Optional Software Applications



  • (Recommended) Default converter: LibreOffice® 4.2 (if not installed, DocConverter can install it automatically)

  • Install these applications if you want to use their native converters instead of the default converter:

    • Microsoft Word®, Excel®, PowerPoint®, Visio®, Publisher (2007, 2010, or 2013)

    • Fuji® Xerox® DocuWorks™ Viewer Light 7.2.1 minimum

    • Corel® WordPerfect®, X5, X6, and X7 (WordPerfect 15, 16, 17)




Note: Install the applications before installing DocConverter.


Hardware Requirements


The minimum hardware requirements for DocConverter are:



  • 512 MB of RAM

  • 150 MB of hard disk space (for application)


Notes:



  • Additional hard disk space is needed to meet the requirements of the installed applications and the volume of files being processed.

  • ActivePDF does not officially support running DocConverter in a Remote Desktop Services (RDS), Terminal Services or Citrix® environment.


New Features




  • Watermarks— In the Configuration Manager you can now set up watermarks that add images or text to your output PDFs. For more details, see the DocConverter Quick Start online manual.


  • Conversion scheduling— In the Configuration Manager you can now set up schedules and duration times to run conversions. For more details, see the DocConverter Quick Start online manual.


  • Added settings for conversions from PDF— More settings are available when converting from PDF to:

    • Images
      Use the new ToImagePageDPIproperty to select DPI.

    • Microsoft Excel
      Use the new ToExcelTablesFromContentOptionsfor moving content to Excel tables.
      Use the new ToExcelAutoDetectSeparators to automatically detect decimal markers and thousands separators for localizing cultural differences when marking currency and large numbers.

    • Microsoft Word
      Use the new ToWordHeadersAndFootersOptions to handle headers and footers.




For more information: see New API Calls in the introduction section of the DocConverter API Reference Manager.
Note: These settings can also be configured using the DocConverter Configuration Manager. For more information, see New Features in the Introduction section of the DocConverter Quick Start Manual.




  • Support for the New ActivePDF CADConverter tool — Infrastructure was added to support CADConverter, the new ActivePDF product for converting CAD drawings. See http://www.activepdf.com/products/cadconverterfor details about CADConverter and information on how to download a trial version or purchase a license.


Bug Fixes


The following bugs were resolved since the last release.





























































ID #



Description



Resolution



161



Remote conversions: DocConverter was not able to convert PDF files to image files.



DocConverter now successfully converts PDF files to image files for remote conversions.



3340



File specific: Although the timeout was set to 10 minutes, the conversion timed out before 10 minutes elapsed.



The internal default timeout was increased from 10 to 40 minutes.



3754



File specific: When converting the email .MSG file, the output PDF displayed the wrong characters.



This issue was resolved when the code was updated.



4418



When DocConverter was configured to send emails after successful file conversions and UNC file paths were used in the settings, emails were not always sent.



This issue was resolved, and emails are now sent when conversions are successful.



4848



File specific: When attempting to convert an Excel file that contained OLE links, DocConverter timed out.



This issue was resolved when the code was updated.



10181



After using DirectToPDF (Export) to convert Microsoft Word files, if the output PDF was opened in Adobe® Acrobat® , the first page could not be deleted. An error message reported that the PDF has an invalid structure.



This issue was resolved and now first pages can be deleted.



10184



DocConverter UI: When a custom file extension was added to the extensions list in the Basic signature, and DocConverter attempted to convert a file that had that extension, the conversion was not handled properly.



Custom file extensions can now be added and associated with the Basic converter in Configuration Manager and then converted successfully.



10211
10362
10356



When using FromPDF_ToWord with ConvertFromPDF, the content on some pages was converted to header material, instead of being part of the normal document content flow.



This issue was fixed by the new ToWordHeadersAndFootersOptions property. For more information, see New API Calls in the introduction section of the DocConverter API Reference Manager.



11208



PowerPoint files protected with passwords could not be opened.



Now PowerPoint passwords can be passed to DocConverter, and the files can be opened and converted.


If a password is needed to open a PowerPoint file:


1.    Open the DocConverter Configuration Manager.


2.    Go to:
Watch Folder Profiles > Conversion Settings > Input Password.


3.    Enter the password.


Or: Use the DocumentPassword property in the API to pass the password.



12260



After calling FromPDFToImage, the output image was blurred.



This issue was fixed by the new ToImagePageDPIproperty. For more information, see New API Calls in the introduction section of the DocConverter API Reference Manager.



Known Bugs


When a bug is fixed, it is moved to the Bug Fixes table.


Note: Even if a workaround exists, the bug may be fixed in a later release.
















































































































































































ID #



Known Issue



Workaround



1294



File specific: After converting a PDF to PowerPoint, the text in the output PowerPoint is not horizontally aligned.



No workaround at this time.



3116



File set specific: After converting the PDFs to PowerPoint or Microsoft Word, bullets and tables in the output files do not display correctly.



No workaround at this time.



3368



File Specific: When the Microsoft Word converter is used in the export or print mode, the Microsoft Word document fails to convert to PDF/A and the output PDF does not display correctly.



Use the built-in converter.



3770
4280



File specific: When converting the email .MSG file, the output PDF displays the wrong characters.



No workaround at this time.



3769



After a PDF to PDF conversion, the output file is two to three times larger than the input file.



If no other operations are performed (for example, adding security or metadata), the files will pass through without a change to the image compression.


 



3778



File specific: When FromPDF_ToHtml is used, the output HTML is distorted.



No workaround at this time.



3790



LibreOffice converter: When using LibreOffice to convert an email .MSG file that includes Japanese characters, the conversion fails.



Use the Microsoft Word converter.



3809



File specific: When the PDF with a table is converted to text , the tabular content in the output text file is shifted unexpectedly.



No workaround at this time.



4250



File specific: After converting a scanned PDF to PDF/A, the output PDF is blank.



No workaround at this time.



4312
12345



File specific: An end-use defined font in the input file appears pixelated in the output PDF.



No workaround at this time.



4320



File specific: After converting the .TIFF file, when the output PDF is opened an error is returned: "insufficient data for an image".



No workaround at this time.



4340



File specific: After converting PS to PDF, when text from the output PDF is copied and pasted into a Microsoft Word file, the hyphens are missing (although they display in the PDF).



No workaround at this time.



4347



File specific: When attempting to convert a PDF form to PDF/A1-b, the resulting PDF/A file is non-compliant, and a warning message is issued indicating the PDF/A could not be created.



PDF/A1-b does not support forms so an alternate option should be used. However, DocConverter should return an error indicating the PDF/A could not be created.


There is no workaround at this time. In the interim, when converting files to PDF/A, we recommend running a PDF/A verification on the output files as a post-processing step.



4412



File specific: Converting the file to PDF/A returns the error code 10270 (Error encountered converting PostScript to PDF).



No workaround at this time.



4419



File specific: When the PostScript file is converted, the output file has garbled text.



No workaround at this time.



4438



When a PDF containing PDF stamps is converted to a Microsoft Word document, the output file does not include the stamp graphic.



Conversion of PDF stamp graphics to Word is not currently supported. No workaround at this time.



4505
4675



When DocConverter is configured for PDF/A conversion and also for PDF compatibility level, the compatibility level in the output PDF is always PDF version 1.6, no matter what compatibility level is chosen.



No workaround at this time.



4559



DocConverter UI using Microsoft Internet Explorer browser: There is a time lag moving to new screens, the Microsoft Internet Explorer browser is slow to load a new page in the DocConverter UI.



Use a Chrome or Firefox browser.



4726



When LibreOffice is installed, it configures itself as the default program for opening Microsoft Office files (such as .docx, .xlsx)



After installing LibreOffice, reset the file associations for each Microsoft Office file type that is used.


Or install Microsoft Office after installing DocConverter/LibreOffice and rerun the Office Verifier.


Note: This does not affect how DocConverter performs file conversions. It DOES impact the behavior of document files when they are opened interactively or manually on the DocConverter server.



4747



File specific: When convert to PDF/A is attempted, the conversion fails.



No workaround at this time.



4792



File specific: When using Print to PDF, only two pages of the three-page Excel file are converted to PDF.



Use Export to PDF.



4852



File specific: When using the LibreOffice engine to convert an .eml (email) file, a blank page is added to the output PDF.



Use the Microsoft Word engine if available.



4867
4816



File specific: When the linearized PDF is secured with passwords, the PDF to PDF/A conversion fails.



No workaround at this time.



10117



File specific: When the email .msg file is converted, the output PDF text includes the HTML tags.



No workaround at this time.



10137



Microsoft Word conversions: When a document file contains OpenType fonts and the conversion configuration is set to embed fonts, OpenType fonts are not embedded in the output PDF.



No workaround at this time.



10168



When Microsoft Word files have images added using both the IncludePicture field code and by copy and pasting in the images, after conversion, the output PDF does not always include all the images.



To insert an image in Microsoft Word, use either the IncludePicture field, or copy and paste, but do not use both methods in the same file.



10355



File specific: When using FromPDF_ToExcel with ConvertFromPDF, only the content that is in tables is included in the output Excel file.



If you are converting a file with images or content that is not in a table, use FromPDF_ToWord or a similar type conversion.



10356



When using FromPDF_ToExcel with ConvertFromPDF, the commas used in the numbering are not included in the output Excel file.



No workaround at this time.



10859



File specific: When using Direct (Export) with PDFConversionType for converting this Excel file, the output PDF is longer than expected.



In the Windows Devices and Printers window, select a different default printer.



11074



File specific: Barcode fonts are installed and used in this .rtf file, but after conversion to PDF, text displays instead of the barcode.



Windows is not allowing access to the fonts during conversion.


Workaround:


Note: Always be very careful when making edits in the Registry Editor.


1.    Open the Registry Editor (regedit).


2.    Go to the following key:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion/Fonts


3.    Right click on Fonts, select Permissions, and set Full Control for the Users.


4.    Reboot the machine to take effect.


Note: After rebooting, there will be a long delay before Desktop loads.



11078



File specific: After conversion, the output PDF is missing the logo image.



No workaround at this time.



11204 



Microsoft Publisher: Files cannot be converted using the Print option.



Use Export to convert Microsoft Publisher files.



11611



The OEM Silent Installer pops up a box during an installation.



No workaround at this time. Clear the pop-up box manually and proceed.



Installation instructions and API Reference


Installation and API information is available in the DocConverter Legacy documentation section at:


https://www.activepdf.com/support/documentlinks.