Print to PDF – A Win2PDF Tutorial

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.

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Win2PDF 10: Create Images using Win2Image printer

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.Win2Image blog image

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.

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Win2PDF 10: Adding new copies of the Win2PDF printer

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.

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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.


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New Auto-name features in Win2PDF 10

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.

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Win2PDF 10 is now available for download!

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 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.

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Win2PDF Support for Windows 10 Editions and Release Date

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.

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Windows 10 – New Coke or Coca-Cola Classic?


New Coke

Those of you of a certain age will likely remember one of the most controversial events of 1985 — the day when Coca-Cola changed its formula and rebranded its flagship product as New Coke.  This led to an inevitable customer backlash and the company re-introduced Coca-Cola Classic a mere 3 months later.  Many viewed this as one of the largest marketing blunders in history, but others saw it as a brilliant ploy.  When the classic version returned to the shelves, Coca-Cola sales surged, and it allowed Coca-cola to make one other change — the cane sugar ingredient in the original was replaced by high-fructose corn syrup in the re-introduced Coca-Cola Classic.

Why bring this up?  Well, we see some similarities with Microsoft’s recent operating systems changes.  As many know, Microsoft has had a bumpy road of it since the introduction of Windows 8 and 8.1.  Gone was the Start menu, the interface changed radically, and even basic things like printing changed dramatically with the introduction of a Charms bar.  Windows 8 added new interface support for tablets and touch-enabled PCs, but then forced these same (often non-intuitive changes) on regular desktop and laptop users as well.  Many businesses said, “No thanks,” and kept their users on Windows 7 or XP.

Cue the bugles, because now Microsoft intends to (hopefully) bring back some of the classic features in its upcoming Windows 10 operating system, scheduled to be released in the Spring of 2015.

Wait a minute?  Windows 8.1 is the current available operating system.  What happened to Windows 9?  There was actually a funny April Fool’s Day joke by Infoworld titled Microsoft skips ‘too good’ Windows 9, jumps to Windows 10.  But the truth is actually a little simpler but not too far off the mark.  According to this article in the Times of India:

Microsoft doesn’t want people to associate the next version of Windows with the unpopular Windows 8…  “Windows 10 is not going to be an incremental step from Window 8.1,” he explained. “Windows 10 is going to be a material step. We’re trying to create one platform, one eco-system that unites as many of the devices from the small embedded Internet of Things, through tablets, through phones, through PCs and, ultimately, into the Xbox.”


Earlier this month, Microsoft released a public preview build of Windows 10 which we immediately downloaded and tested.  The most obvious addition to Windows 10 is the return of the Windows Start menu, which replaces the Start screen by default on desktop PCs.  And the whole Charms bar interface to access devices like printers (which includes access to PDF creators like Win2PDF)? Windows 10 disables the Charms bar on non-touch-enabled PCs.  The interface returns to a more Windows 7 friendly view of the desktop, which is what most business customers want.

And Win2PDF?  Well, good news there.  Win2PDF is currently working with Windows 10 with our Win2PDF 7 release without any code modifications, which is a good sign.  We’ll keep on top of developments to make sure Win2PDF will be fully supported by the time Windows 10 is released to the public.

If your business relies on PDF files, make sure you stay up-to-date with new developments.  We’ll be covering all of the news here.

P.S. If you want to try the Windows 10 Technical Preview, sign up at Microsoft’s web site.

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