Update to Standard Printer

14 Aug 2017

The Standard Virtual Printer in Print Distributor captures documents using a TCP/IP loopback port. This used to be set to port 9100 and incremented for each new printer. With this release we have increased the base to 9200 and allowed you to set a custom value. This should avoid conflicts with any printer software listening on port 9100.

There is also a small change to the Ghostscript action, it now tries to write a dummy file before creating the PDF. This flushes out any errors with permissions which are quite hard to trap with Ghostscript.

This is a free update for users with license for versions 5.xx, 6.xx and 2017.xx.

Ghostscript integration

12 Jun 2017

Print Distributor now has a Ghostscript action that will convert PostScript files to PDF automatically. This has always been available via the Run Program action but was quite tricky to setup correctly. Now it’s as simple as adding the Ghostscript action to your list of actions.

Further details are available in the documentation.

There are also some minor bug fixes in this release:

  • Before and After actions are now only enboldened if they don’t contain the default configuration.
  • Fix for Options dialog cosmetic changes in .Net 4.7
  • Fixed a bug which stopped templates being resolved in the File Attachment object.
  • Replaced code signing certificate.
  • Fixed a race condition that would cause a data area too small error and stop the service.

This is a free update for users with license for versions 5.xx, 6.xx and 2017.xx.

Update

30 Apr 2017

We have just released an update to Print Distributor, again this is mainly a bug fix release with a couple of small features.

  • The foreground service background window is now created off screen so it doesn’t flicker on startup.
  • The foreground service now runs with the STAThread attribute.
  • Upgraded dependencies including NUnit, FakeItEasy, Newtonsoft.Json and Scintilla.
  • PowerShell scripts now show a meaningful message if the Windows Management Framework is required and missing.
  • Added variables YE, MO, DA, HO, MI, SE, WD for compatibility with legacy versions.
  • Fix for property grid changes in .Net 4.7 (including Windows Creators Update).

This is a free update for users with license for versions 5.xx, 6.xx and 2017.xx.