One of our customers recently asked us how they could streamline the process of printing out invoices to their normal paper printer, and saving an electronic PDF file at the same time without any user prompting. The paper invoice would be mailed to their customer, and the PDF file would be date and time stamped and saved in a directory that would be backed up nightly.
It just takes a few steps to set up a copy of the Win2PDF printer that will do all of this. We’ve posted a short video tutorial that walks you through this process, and this and more video examples can be found at our Win2PDF YouTube channel:
You could use this same process to create your own Win2PDF printer with your customized ‘Print and Save’ settings for any type of document.
Recent posts have focused on some of the new features in our Win2PDF 10 update. Now, we’ve created a tutorial that illustrates how you can use these new features to create a copy of the Win2PDF printer that is dedicated to a particular use. In our example, we’ll save encrypted business receipts as PDF files to a specific folder without any user prompting.
This is one example — you can use the same basic principles to set up multiple versions of Win2PDF that are streamlined for specific uses. It’s an easy way to quickly back up files to a specific folder with minimal user interaction.
Watch the following tutorial and then experiment on your own.
If you have any questions, let us know at our Win2PDF Technical Support page and we’ll help you out.
Win2PDF 10 has moved some of image-related file output options to a new printer called Win2Image. This feature is useful, for example, if you wanted to include a chart or graph from a proprietary program into another document. In this case, you’d simply print to a JPEG file and then insert the JPEG into the other document.
This new printer, which is installed by default and is included at no extra charge, also includes new image output options. It supports the following image formats:
- TIFF (monochrome)
- TIFF (color)
- JPEG (grayscale)
- JPEG (color)
- GIF (grayscale)
- GIF (color)
- PNG (grayscale)
- PNG (color)
- BMP (grayscale)
- BMP (color)
Below is a short video that shows how Win2Image is used to create image files.
Try Win2Image today by downloading the Win2PDF 10 software.
In Win2PDF 10, there is a new Add Win2PDF Printer option in the Win2PDF program group (which is accessible from the Windows Start menu or Start screen). This feature can be very useful if you want to dedicate a version of Win2PDF that has specific settings for a specific application, a type of company document, or a particular group of users.
For instance, consider if you were a Win2PDF Pro 10 user and you wanted to have special Win2PDF printer created that would: ALWAYS create a PDF file with a company watermark. ALWAYS password protect a document. Or ALWAYS save certain file types (e.g., invoices or weekly reports) to a specific folder location without any user prompting. And you could do all of this while still having the main Win2PDF printer reserved for normal interactive printing.
With Win2PDF 10’s Add Win2PDF Printer new menu item, you can easily make as many of these special-use PDF printers as you’d like. Here’s a short video showing how to add a new copy of the Win2PDF printer.
In an upcoming blog post, we’ll describe how to combine this and other new Win2PDF 10 features to automate tasks and improve your workflow with PDF files.
One of the most significant improvements to Win2PDF 10 is the enhanced Auto-name options. The Auto-name feature allows you to save a PDF file without being prompted for the file name. You can simply print any document and the file will automatically be saved in a location of your choosing, with a file name that you’ve customized. This Win2PDF 10 update improves the user-defined options that are available to use for the file name.
Here is a brief video that shows how to use this new feature.
For a complete description of the Auto-name feature, visit the Win2PDF online support guide sections on How to Automatically Name PDF Files.
We’ve just released our latest and greatest version of Win2PDF with some significant new features, and it’s available now at our Win2PDF 10 download page.
We’ll be covering these features in greater detail over the next several weeks, but here’s an overview:
- Win2PDF 10 fully supports Microsoft Windows 10 and continues to support Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1.
- Win2PDF 10 Terminal Server Edition continues support for Windows Server 2003, Server 2008 (+R2), and Server 2012 (+R2).
- Win2PDF 10 has added the ability to save files as JPEG, GIF, PNG, TIFF, or BMP images (color or black & white) through a new Win2Image printer, which is included at no additional charge.
- Win2PDF 10 adds support for appending to an existing PDF in the Win2PDF Desktop application.
- Win2PDF 10 adds support for extracting pages from an existing PDF* in the Win2PDF Desktop application. (* Available in Win2PDF Pro version only)
- Win2PDF 10 adds support for deleting pages from an existing PDF** in the Win2PDF Desktop application. (** available in licensed copies only of Win2PDF or Win2PDF Pro)
- Win2PDF 10 improves the Auto-name feature by adding custom file name configuration, along with an always append option.
- Win2PDF 10 makes it easier to add a new copy of the Win2PDF printer. Auto-name and other settings are stored separately for each printer, so you can create different Win2PDF printers for specific settings.
- Win2PDF 10 improves performance and reliability.
Win2PDF 10 is a free upgrade for Win2PDF 7 users. If you purchased Win2PDF before October 2009, you can purchase an upgrade for Win2PDF 10 on the updates page.
We’ll be adding more updates on these new features in the coming weeks, but please download you copy today and get started.
Microsoft has announced the following planned editions of Windows 10, with each edition serving a core device and/or type of user.
Once Windows 10 is released, Win2PDF will support these editions of Windows 10 using the familiar ‘Print to PDF’ interface as in past editions.
- Windows 10 Home
- Windows 10 Pro
- Windows 10 Enterprise
- Windows 10 Education
Win2PDF will NOT support these mobile editions of Windows 10, however.
- Windows 10 Mobile
- Windows 10 Mobile Enterprise
The mobile editions are designed primarily for phones and tablet devices that run on non-Intel processors, and will not have the same type of printing interface that the desktop operating systems have.
Microsoft also announced that Windows 10 will be available on July 29, 2015. Get ready. We’ll be posting more updates as the release date approaches.