How can I bypass the Save
PdfEdit includes 2 auto-name settings:
1. Fixed filename
2. Name the PDF based on the original document name (recommended).
This enables applications to specify the final PDF document programmatically.
If option 2 is specified, adding "Output Folder="c:\myfolder"
will cause all documents to be saved to the specified folder. The
default folder is c:\pdf995\output.
Adding "Fixed Dir=c:\myfolder" to the [Parameters]
section of pdf995.ini will cause the Save As dialog to always open
to the same folder. Default behavior is to open to the last folder
to which a PDF was saved.
A third option will allow PDF documents to be named
by number. Adding "Output File=1" to the [Parameters] section of
pdf995 will incrementally number PDF's starting with 1.
How can I modify the functionality
of Pdf995 programmatically?
PdfEdit modifies c:\pdf995\res\pdf995.ini to control the functionality
of Pdf995. Programmers may invoke many of the features of PdfEdit
by direct modification of pdf995.ini.
How can I programmatically control Pdf995 and OmniFormat to create PDF's?
You may bypass the save as dialog of PDF995 in order to programmatically
generate PDFs. See how pdfEdit's autoname options configure pdf995 by
adjusting the ..pdf995\res\pdf995.ini file. You can modify the ini file
without pdfEdit installed. The middle option (name the pdf based on the name
of the document being printed) allows you to specify the name of the PDF
from your application. It is possible to temporarily name the document
before sending it to the printer. The third option allows you to specify the
name and path of the filename you wish to create.
In addition to programmatic control of pdf995 output via the pd995.ini file,
Pdf995 v6.52 and later support control by passing the desired output file in
the lpszDocName member of the DOCINFO windows structure. The DOCINFO
structure is an argument of the StartDoc Windows API function. The lpszDocName must include:
"<pdf995:filename>" where "filename" is
the requested pdf output. A sample MFC application illustrating programmatic
printing to pdf995 can be found at www.freeware995.com/misc/Snippet995.zip.
A method for ensuring the PDF is complete may be found at
The code at www.freeware995.com/misc/vbacode.txt and
www.freeware995.com/misc/vbacode1.txt can be used to convert
Access Reports to PDF. The latter code sample can be used to give the PDF a
name other than the report name.
You may also modify psconvert.exe. Its source is available from the bottom
of our FAQ.
Note that OmniFormat offers a command line interface to converting Office
documents, text files and HTML to PDF. OmniFormat and HTML2PDF995 (included
OmniFormat) may be run from IIS and other web servers. Instructions for this
are included in the readme file in the HTML2PDF995 section. The instructions
apply to calling OmniFormat as well. OmniFormat also includes command line
utilities for changing default page size and orientation.
Aside from the developers FAQ, we do not currently documentation for the
pdf995.ini parameters. However, they are generally configurable via pdfedit.
Therefore we recommend configuring pdf995 using pdfedit and then noting how
the pdf995.ini file was adjusted.
You can determine when a print job is complete by creating a temporary
"flag" file and specifying a processpdf handler (you could specify a batch
file for example) that deletes the file. Thus, when the flag files has been
deleted, the pdf has been created.
How can I modify the Postscript
file before it is converted to PDF?
Add "ProcessPS=c:\myfolder\mypsapp.exe" to the [Parameters] section
of pdf995.ini. Pdf995 will run this specified executable after c:\pdf995\temp.ps
has been created. It will wait to convert it to PDF until the specified
executable has closed.
This feature accommodates insertion of dynamically generated stationery (enables inclusion of time of creation etc.) into PDF documents if the file .\documents and settings\all users\application data\pdf995\stationery.eps or .\documents and settings\<username>\application data\pdf995\stationery.eps is first modified and then pdfedit is called with an argument of "stationery" (c:\pdf995\res\utilities\pdfedit995.exe stationery).
Note: Postscript files generated with the default
Pdf995 printer drivers may be concatenated to generate PDF's containing
content from multiple sources. Applications may use the ProcessPS
feature to store the PS files so that it may be concatenated with
other PS files before conversion to PDF.
How can I integrate Pdf995
with Workflow and Document Management systems?
Add "ProcessPDF= c:\myfolder\mypdfapp.exe" to the [Parameters] section of pdf995.ini. Pdf995 will run this specified executable or batch command after the PDF file has been created. It will wait until the specified executable has been closed before continuing. The application may determine the name of the PDF generated by referring to the "Launch" parameter of pdf995.ini.
In order to run a batch file so that is not visible, add
to the [Parameters] section of pdf995.ini.
This feature enables custom processing and routing of PDF documents once they have been created.
How can I print to Pdf995
from my Visual Basic application?
The following sample opens c:\sample.doc and prints it:
Private Sub Command1_Click()
Dim wd As New Word.Application
Set wd = New Word.Application
wd.Documents.Open FileName:="""c:\sample.doc""", _
ConfirmConversions:=False, ReadOnly:=False, AddToRecentFiles:=False,
PasswordDocument:="", PasswordTemplate:="", Revert:=False, _
WritePasswordDocument:="", WritePasswordTemplate:="", Format:=
wd.Documents.Application.ActivePrinter = "PDF995"
wd.Application.PrintOut FileName:="", Range:=wdPrintAllDocument,
wdPrintDocumentContent, Copies:=1, Pages:="",
Collate:=False, Background:=True, PrintToFile:=False, PrintZoomColumn:=0,
_ PrintZoomRow:=0, PrintZoomPaperWidth:=0, PrintZoomPaperHeight:=0
How do I use a ProcessPDF
handler to programmatically determine when a pdf is complete?
1. Before printing to pdf995:
GetPrivateProfileString(TEXT("Parameters"),TEXT("ProcessPDF"), "", szprocesspdf, sizeof(szprocesspdf), GetPdf995Path() + "pdf995\\res\\pdf995.ini");
szDefaultProcessPDF = szprocesspdf;
WritePrivateProfileString(TEXT("Parameters"),TEXT("ProcessPDF"), applicationthatdeletesflagfilethatyousupply, GetPdf995Path() + "pdf995\\res\\pdf995.ini");
HANDLE hndFlag = CreateFile(GetPdf995Path() + "pdf995\\flag", GENERIC_WRITE, 0, NULL, CREATE_ALWAYS, FILE_ATTRIBUTE_NORMAL, NULL); CloseHandle(hndFlag);
2. Print to pdf995. When pdf995 created the pdf, it will call applicationthatdeletesflagfilethatyousupply.
That will delete the flag file. Wait as follows until the pdf is complete:
CString szRoot = GetPdf995Path();
while(CFile::GetStatus( szRoot + "pdf995\\flag", status ))
WritePrivateProfileString(TEXT("Parameters"),TEXT("ProcessPDF"), szDefaultProcessPDF, GetPdf995Path() + "pdf995\\res\\pdf995.ini");
3. This is used in the above example:
CString szpath = "c:\\";
CString KEYz = "Software\\Pdf995";
if ((rc = RegOpenKeyEx(HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE, KEYz, 0,
KEY_READ, &hkey1)) == ERROR_SUCCESS)
DWORD type1 = REG_DWORD;
//dwlen = 4;
cbData = 10000;
type1 = REG_SZ;
BYTE *buf = new BYTE[cbData];
memset (buf, NULL, cbData);
if (!RegQueryValueEx(hkey1, "Path", NULL, &type1,
(LPBYTE)buf, &cbData) == ERROR_SUCCESS)
delete  buf;
szpath = buf;
delete  buf;
Can Pdf995 add additional
features to Pdf995 or develop custom ProcessPS or ProcessPdf handlers?
Yes. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Can I create PDF's programmatically
with the UltraPdf SDK?
No. The UltraPdf allows you to create UltraPDF documents programmatically
from PDF's, Office Documents, Flash files and HTML. PDF's may be
created programmatically by bypassing the Save As dialog as described
is the easiest way to convert XML to formatted PDF?
OmniFormat will convert XML to PDF using a DOC file as a layout
template. It may be run from the command line. It is free and may
be downloaded from www.omniformat.com
What is the easiest way to convert Microsoft
Office and HTML files to PDF?
OmniFormat will convert over 75 file formats including DOC, XLS,
PPT, HTML and XML to PDF. It may be run from the command line. It
is free and may be downloaded from www.omniformat.com
Automated bookmark insertion:
It is possible to automatically add bookmarks specified using pdfEdit
v5.2 or later to all PDF's created with Pdf995 by adding the following
to the [Parameters] section of pdf995.ini:
The auto-insertion process will refer to .\documents and settings\all users\application data\pdf995\bookmarks.xml
for the bookmark list (if user mode is selected then it will be .\documents and
settings\username\application data\pdf995\bookmarks.xml). A sample bookmarks.xml file may be created by using pdfEdit995 to impose
bookmarks on a PDF. This file may be manually or progammatically
edited. This will also affect OmniFormat output.
Automated PDF Security:
utility will automatically secure all PDFs created with PDF995.
Note: OmniFormat can also be used to batch autoencrypt documents. The following is for Pdf995.
Please install Signature995 and the Standard Encryption module (free).
Place the exe in the c:\pdf995\res folder and double click it to register
it. To unregister it remove the ProcessPDF line in c:\pdf995\res\pdf995.ini.
Add the following entries to the paramters section of pdf995.ini:
Encryption String=10100000 128
then the module will generate a random owner password each time the pdf is encrypted.
You may customize the security settings. See the Standard Encryption module
How can I programmatically
obtain information about a digital signature of a PDF or Microsoft
Office document signed with Signature995?
Software995 offers a free DLL libary that can programmatically extract
the signed document, validate the signatures and determine the issuers
of the digital certificates. It can be downloaded at www.freeware995.com/signaturae995/lib995.zip.
A signature995 key will disable the sponsor pages. The libary supports
documents that have been signed by one or more parties using Signature995.
How can I send a print job to both Pdf995 and a local or network printer at the same time?
is a free utility intended to automatically print the output of
Pdf995 to any system or network printer when the PDF is complete.
AutoPrint requires that PdfEdit995 is installed.
Place autoprint.exe in the .\pdf995\res folder. Execute it once
to register it with Pdf995 as a processpdf handler (or add a processpdf
entry in the pdf995.ini file manually). By default, the software
will print 1 copy to the default printer. The following parameters
may be specified in the [Auto Print] section of the ..pdf995\res\pdf995.ini
file to specify a different printer or multiple copies:
Each time a pdf is created with Pdf995, AutoPrint will be invoked and print the PDF to the specified printer. AutoPrint can be uninstalled by removing the ProcessPDF entry in the [Parameters] section of ..pdf995\res\pdf995.ini.
How can I convert an Access
Report to a PDF file?
The code at www.freeware995.com/misc/vbacode.txt
was used on Access 2002, but should work with any version. Also,
it has been tested on XP and 2000.