PDFmdx Version 3.16.6

New features PDFmdx template editor:

  • Templates / template groups: An additional “group” level has been implemented to enable clarity and management of a large number of templates. This allows templates to be grouped together. In the PDFmdx Editor, the groups form the top level in the tree view. Groups can – be created, the name changed, deleted or moved up and down. Templates of a selected group can be exported or imported as a whole or individually. Templates in a group can be moved to a different or a new group.

 

  • E-Mail – Configuration via profiles: Several email configurations can now be created in one template. The e-mail configurations are managed using profiles with names. E-mail profiles can be created, copied, renamed and deleted. A specific email profile can be assigned to the email conditions. This means that not only the e-mail function itself, but also the e-mail profile to be used can be controlled via conditions.

 

  • E-Mail – Use of variables for attachments: Up to now, only fix selectable and therefore predefined attachments could be sent with the PDFmdx main document by email. Now it is also possible to use variables for the path and file name of the additional attachments. An option can be used to determine whether, if an attachment does not exist or cannot be found, the email is sent anyway, or whether it should be treated as an error. During configuration, a file is first selected, inserted into the list, then edited and the variables added.

  • E-Mail – Main document always as the first appendix: When sending an e-mail, additional attachments can be sent in addition to the main document generated via PDFmdx. Now the main document generated by PDFmdx is always inserted as the first attachment, the other additional attachments are always inserted after.
  • Sliding group over 2 pages: With some documents it can happen that a data record of a sliding group begins on one page and continues on the next page. Up to now, sliding groups have only been identified via a condition (DG) for the start of the group. The data record is recognized, but cannot be read out completely, as part of it is on the following page. In order to include the information on the following page for such cases, at least two “DG” conditions with OR / OR link are required. One for the beginning and one for the rest of the record on the next page. This means that the entire data record is recognized and processed, even if it is on separate pages.

  • Metadaten as XLS: Some downstream applications can only process the old XLS and not the current XLSX format. That is why the XLS format for the metadata output has now been implemented again.
  • New PDF preview functions – display text layer / display text blocks: A scanned PDF that has been made searchable via OCR consists of both an image and a text layer. The image plane shows that only the scanned document. From this point of view it cannot be seen whether, where or which text is behind it. In the PDFmdx Editor preview there is now the option of showing only the text layer and hiding the image layer, as well as the option of showing the boundaries of the text blocks as green rectangles for each of these displays. This makes it easy and quick to see which text is available and where exactly the text blocks are located.

 

  • Fields / Variables – Replacement of values via XLSX table: Bisher konnte nur eine CSV Datei verwendet werden um die Werte von Feldern/Variablen zu ersetzen. Jetzt ist es auch möglich eine XLSX Datei zu verwenden. Konfiguriert wird der Name der Spalte für den Suchschlüssel sowie die Spalte für den Ersatzwert.

  • Counter as a stamp variable: There is now also a counter variable for text or barcode stamps. An option can be used to configure whether the counter should be increased when it is used several times within the document or only with each new document. The start value can also be specified.

 

  • Visual PDF signature – support for transparent image files: With the current version, transparent image files (PNG, TIFF) can also be used for the visual representation of the PDF signature.
  • Export templates as PMDX individual data: Previously, several or all templates could only be exported as a single PMDX file. or if you wanted to export several or specific templates as individual files, this had to be done individually for each template. Now, via an option from a template group, each template contained in the group can also be exported individually as a separate PMDX file. The template name is used as the file name.

 

Innovations PDFmdx processing:

  • Recognition and export of a ZUGFeRD XML file contained in the PDF: This option can be activated for the PDFmdx job. Each PDF file to be processed is checked in advance to determine whether it contains a ZUGFeRD XML file. If such an XML is contained in the PDF as an attachment, the XML is extracted from the PDF and saved in the configured folder under the PDF name with the extension * .XML. If the option “Move PDF” has been activated, the PDF will also be moved to this folder and will not be processed by PDFmdx.

  • Activate all layouts automatically: If a new layout is added to a template, this layout must also be activated in the PDFmdx processor during the job. Up until now, this had to be done manually and was sometimes “forgotten” so that the newly created layout is not recognized. For a template as well as for the job configuration there is now an option to activate all layouts automatically. This means that all newly added layouts are always automatically activated and can no longer be “forgotten”.

 

  • Error log with header: In order to be able to interpret the content of the individual columns of the error log (Error.csv) more easily, a header line with the names of the columns was inserted to get a conclusion about the information of the fields.

 

PDFmdx corrections:

  • E-Mail HTML Body – File names for images can now contain spaces.
  • Anchor field not found – Linked fields now remain empty and are not assigned any values.
  • Fuzzy anchor search function has been improved.
  • Error message – XLSX blocked: Over time, an XLSX metadata file can become very large. It has happened that opening and writing this XLSX took longer and several processes wanted to access this file. This led to error messages, access was not possible because the XLSX was still blocked by another process. This problem has been resolved. Nevertheless, care should be taken to ensure that such metadata files do not become unnecessarily large.
  • Sliding group – Recognition was not possible with PDF with “Display Rotation”.

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iPaper Client – Version 3.0.84 – New actions implemented

Innovations– iPaper 3.0.84:

  • Stationery as an additional action

The iPaper Client can under- or overlay a PDF letterhead. This function is located on the “Stationery” tab and represents an essential basic function of iPaper. Now, as with iPaper Server, there is also the option of adding additional “Stationery” actions, either once or several times, to the action list. In this way, not just a single, but also several “letterheads, watermarks or stamps” can be applied to a document during processing.

 

  • The order of the stationery can be specified in the selection list

This makes it possible to change the order in which the stationery appears in the selection list and to define it freely. In a list, the stationery can be sorted in ascending / descending order according to name / creation or modification date, and can be moved up or down. This allows you to summarize the most used stationery at the beginning of the list for faster selection.

   

  • PDF / A or ZUGFeRD as an independent action

Until now, PDF/A /ZUFGeRD was a general function of the application and not implemented as an independent action. This means that the PDF/A or ZUGFeRD output, like all other actions, can be managed via profiles, action profiles and thus now also the PDF/A function can be linked to a letterhead, or iPaper mdx can be used to select an action profile. Since the PDF / A conversion can only be carried out once and only at a certain point in time, the PDF/A action can only be inserted once and the sequence cannot be freely defined, it is always inserted at the end of the list. The ZUGFeRD XML can also be deleted immediately after it has been successfully embedded in the PDF.

 

  • New action – definition of variables

A “variable” action has also been added. This allows variables to be specified and assigned a default value. The variables can then be used in other actions, e.g. can be called up and used as parameters in the “Email” or “Save as” action. A name is assigned or a default value is assigned during the definition. Variables can also be assigned values ??using an external variable file (* .var, *. Txt). This allows values ??from other applications to be passed as parameters to Paper Actions. An external variable file can also be deleted automatically after processing has been carried out.

To read variables from an external file, the name of the variable and a standard default value are added to the list of the action. This default value can then be defined and overwritten externally in the external * .var / * .txt file. A line with <variable name> = <value> e.g. “Test = 4711” inserted. This means that the “Test” variable (% Var.Test%) has the value “4711”.

 

   

  • New action – PDF compression and optimization

With the new standard “Compress” action, iPaper now also has the option of compressing and optimizing PDFs in order to create PDF files that are as compact as possible. In particular, PDF files, scans or images can be greatly reduced in size. In addition to the possible reduction in the resolution of the images, the best possible PDF compression (JPEG2000 / JBIG2) is also used. The result is smaller, more compact and optimized PDF files.

 

 

  • Functions of the action profiles

Action profiles can be – newly created, copied, renamed, deleted or exported as an XML file or imported again. The XML files of the exported action profiles can also be used directly as a template for the external iPaper XML control (via an external file or via the printout). This means that manual coding of the XML using an editor is no longer necessary. All configurations can be made interactively via the iPaper user interface in the actions and then exported as XML. This is much easier and safer than manual coding using an editor using the iPaper XML syntax.

 

  • API / .NET programming interface

The API is used to query and set certain iPaper functions from external applications or to start the processing of an existing PDF file by iPaper. In order to be able to use the iPaper API, it must first be activated in the iPaper Client under “General Settings”. To use the API from an external application, the “iPaper.Interface.dll” and the installed and started iPaper Client are required. To demonstrate the available functions, two .NET / C # demo & test applications are available in the source code and as executables as EXE.

iPaper 3.x Client Version

Download GhostScript 9.53.3 64bit Setup

 

EasyMerge PDFA converter 2.2.5 – now with MS-Outlook Plugin

From EasyMerge version 2.2.5, an MS Outlook plug-in can also be installed with the setup. This makes it possible to insert PDF attachments into the EasyMerge file list directly from MS Outlook without having to save the attachment beforehand.

Functions EasyMerge MS-Outlook Plugin:

  • Direct insertion of PDF attachments into the EasyMerge file list from MS Outlook.
  • Selection of one / more email messages, an entire email folder or the attachments in the email message
  • Calling up the EasyMerge user interface from MS Outlook,
  • Configuration of the operation to be carried out after the export:
    • Highlight the exported message in color using categories.
    • Move the processed message to a mailbox folder
    • Deletion of the processed message – with / without confirmation
  • Logging of the processes / display of the log

     

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ImageProcessing-CL – PDF, TIFF, JPEG, PNG – Image processing via command line

Based on our ImageProcessing base component, ImageProcessing-CL, a command line application for image processing and image enhancement of PDF, TIFF, JPEG and PNG image files, is now available.

Features:

  • Command line application.
  • Multithreading / parallel processing ensures a high processing throughput
  • Processes – PDF single files, lists of text files, folders and entire folder structures.
  • Configuration via user interface.
  • The selected functions, their parameters and processing sequence are managed via profiles.
  • Several functions can be executed one after the other in a predefined order.
  • Profile functions: new, copy, delete, rename, export to file, import from file.
  • Option to process PDF scans / pages with image information only or all PDF pages.
  • Loading a sample page and testing the image processing commands with a preview of the output and result files.
  • The resolution, compression and quality parameters can be configured for PDF rendering.
  • Logging.

    

Individual image processing functions:

  • Detect and remove blank pages.
  • Auto rotate pages
  • Straighten pages
  • Invert images (black to white)
  • Remove black border
  • Trim the edge
  • Remove impurities
  • Remove perforations
  • Remove lines
  • Convert color / grayscale to black / white </ a >

Download – ImageProcessing-CL   command line >>>
Download – ImageProcessing-CL Readme >>>

iPaper MS-Office Plugin Version 1.0.6 available

Ab der aktuellen iPaper Client Version 3.0.82 kann der neue iPaper Microsoft Office Plugin installiert und verwendet werden. Damit können die wesentlichen iPaper Funktionen direkt aus MS-Word bzw. MS-Excel heraus gesteuert werden. Ein eigener “iPaper PDF” Button erzeugt direkt, ohne Druckvorgang, aus MS-Office heraus eine PDF Datei, welche sofort von iPaper is processed further. The selected letterhead is used and the subsequent processing steps are carried out on the basis of the selected action profile.

iPaper MS Office plugin functions:

  • Generates a PDF directly from MS-Word / MS-Excel, without printing, for further processing by the iPaper Client
  • Select stationery
  • Selection of the action profile for further processing
  • DropZone – switch on / off
  • Query options – switch on / off
  • Queue – switch on / off
  • Show queue
  • Embed source document – yes / no

A new function, which is not available with the iPaper Client alone, offers the possibility of embedding the original document as DOCX / XLSX directly in the generated PDF as an attachment. This makes it possible to archive the PDF together with the editable original file in a single file or to pass it on to others for editing.

Requirements:

  • iPaper Client from version 3.0.82 – installed and started
  • iPaper Client API / “General Settings” activated
  • MS-Word / MS-Excel – MS-Office – 32 or 64bit – current versions

The iPaper MS Office Plugin uses the iPaper API interface to communicate with the iPaper Client application. Since the iPaper API is not active by default, it must first be activated. Then iPaper must be closed and restarted.

        

FileConverterPro (FCpro) 1.0.108 – attach files

Innovations FCpro Version 1.0.108:

  • Attach files: This makes it possible to attach one or more PDF files to the file generated by FCpro at the end and to return them as a complete PDF file. The conversion profile controls whether and which files are attached. An option controls whether the PDF export settings are only to be applied to the file converted by FCpro or to the entire file. Area of application e.g. be: to convert an MS-Word file to PDF. to store the stationery via the PDF export settings and to attach “General Terms and Conditions” via this function and to deliver it back as a complete file.

  • Direct Export of the conversion results in a configurable folder: This function enables e.g. the asynchronous post-processing of the PDFs, e.g. via a downstream AutoOCR processing. For the initial processing, a PDF version without OCR and thus with a short processing time is returned via web service. The time-consuming, additional OCR processing that is required can then take place asynchronously in the background. The connection between the PDF files is retained via the unique JobID or GUID. The quickly generated preview can then be replaced by the OCRte PDF and exchanged. Variables for “JobID”, “GUID” and “Label Name” are available for naming the files. In addition to the PDF result, additional files with the text content, an image preview and an image miniature can also be output.

  • Signed EML / MSG: The “smime.p7m” attachment in emails (MSG, EML) is ignored and no attempt is made to convert or no placeholder page is inserted for it.

Download – FileConverterPro (FCpro) ~600MB >>>
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PDFSign – visible signature with transparent images for PDF and PDF/A-3b

With the current PDFSign applications it is now also possible to use transparent images for the visible signature. However, it should be noted that not every PDF standard allows transparent objects.

The following rules apply:

  • Not PDF / A documents: The selected image (transparent or not) is used unchanged for the signature.
  • PDF / A-1b Documents: Get PDF / A compatibility = On. If a transparent image is used, an image with a white, non-transparent background is generated and used for the visible signature. The PDF / A-1b standard does not allow transparent objects.
  • PDF / A-3b / ZUGFeRD Documents: Get PDF / A compatibility = On. The selected image (transparent or not) is used unchanged for the signature. The PDF / A-3b standard also allows the use of transparent objects.

Download – PDFSign test and demo application
Download – PDFSign- CL – command line application to sign PDF
Download – PDFSign-FM – Sign from PDF through folder monitoring
Download – PDFSign-CS Service
Download – eDocPrintPro PDFSign Plugin

AutoOCR & AutoOCR light Version 2.0.36

Innovations AutoOCR & AutoOCR light 2.0.36:

  • iOCR – obtain images unchanged:If this new standard option is active, the PDF is only rendered internally for the OCR process. The original PDF and the images it contains are transferred 1: 1 to the PDF to be generated. The OCR process only inserts the recognized text. The images remain unchanged in terms of their resolution, color depth and compression.

    This is important because many MFP scanners are already able to generate highly optimized and very compact PDF color scans via MRC (Mixed Raster Content). Color documents are already divided into different levels by the scanner. Each image layer is created with a different resolution and the best possible compression depending on the color depth. If such MRC PDF files are rendered again, the MRC data structure is lost. The result file would be larger and lose quality.

  • Installs and uses the iOCR / vsOCR – Version 1.1.6 with the basic set of the most common languages in Europe.

  • All languages supported by iOCR can be installed via an additional iOCR / vsOCR setup (1.2GB in size).

 

 

  • Update of the AutoOCR basic component – iOCR, ImageProcessing, PDFCompressor, PDF2PDFA to the current status.
  • New presettings for JPEG2000 compression – for PDF rendering / ImageProcessing / PDFCompressor – in order to generate the smallest possible PDF files without great loss of display quality.
    • High / Medium / Low – Compression
    • Color – 1:60 / 1:30 / 1:15
    • Greyscales – 1:30 / 1:15 / 1:13

The higher the value – the higher the compression, which means that the smaller files are created, but with a decreasing image quality. “Medium” compression is preset as the standard value.

Download – AutoOCR – OCR Server incl. OmniPage OCR (ca. 640MB) >>>
Download – AutoOCR light – Low Cost OCR Server (ca. 410MB) >>>
Download – iOCR (vsOCR) Setup – additional languages (ca. 1200MB) >>>

PDFCompressor – summarize subgroups of fonts, compression levels can be selected

Innovations PDFCompressor:

  • Three compression levels preset: For color / grayscale images with JPEG2000 there are now 3 preset compression levels (high / medium / low) to choose from. The compression behind each level can also be configured – 1:60 / 1:30 / 1:15 for color and 1; 30 / 1:15 / 1:13 are preset for gray levels. The higher the compression, the smaller the files and the lower the image quality.

  • Summarize subgroups of fonts: If a large number (e.g. a few thousand) of individual documents are combined to form an overall PDF document and each of the individual documents contains the same font as a subgroup, then all of these fonts are present in the overall document. Since it is always the same font that is embedded several thousand times over, the entire document is unnecessarily bloated. The PDFCompressor now has a function to recognize multiple existing subgroup fonts, to summarize them and simply to embed them in the output PDF. This can e.g. a 5000 page PDF that was previously 117MB in size will be compressed down to 13MB.

  • The user interface of the PDFCompressor component has been revised. The settings and configuration options are now presented much clearer.

  • The standard profile “SmallestPDF JPEG2000 & JBIG” has been optimized and adapted to generate the highest possible compression and the smallest possible PDF files.

PDFCompressor Component Test & Sample >>>

PDFPrint-FM Version 1.4.2 – Setup – Installation as a service / executable application

With the PDFPrint-FM – PDF print application with folder monitoring version 1.4.2, there is now the option of installing the application as an “Executable Application” (= standard setting) or as a “Windows Service” during installation. When installing as a Windows service, certain things must be observed when accessing network resources (shares, network printers), so that it is often easier to install PDFPrint-FM as a normal startable Windows application for a first test. How the application should be installed is decided via a checkbox in the setup. If you want to change this, PDFPrint-FM can be uninstalled and then reinstalled at any time. The license and the settings are retained.

Another new feature is the option to print color documents in grayscale.

Version 1.4.2 is also required for the Windows 10 20H2 update, because after an update to 20H2 the “extended” print component generates an error and the PDFs to be printed are moved to the error folder.

 

 

Download – PDFPrint-FM –  Folder monitoring – prints PDFs >>>