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PDF-eXPLODE Version 4 - why it is a giant leap forward from Version 3.

Published on: Fri, Dec 5, 2014 at 9:37 AM | Viewed: 1593 times.

PDF-eXPLODE version 4 was released in December 2013. This month (December) makes one year since its release. In that time there have been 3 patch releases fixing a few bugs along with further processing speed enhancements. Invoice and Paystub (aka Payslip) processing flies through at the rate of knots. It is very easy to set up on the Desktop ’straight out of the box’. Document delivery of Invoices, Statements, Paystubs/Payslips, Remittances never get any easier. The difference between Version 3 and version 4 is not just the features - the version 4 exploding engine alone is at least 50% faster than version 3; it will save you heaps of time and is worth every bit of the upgrade cost. The more you  use PDF-eXPLODE, the more you save!

Below is a summary of the new features - see the help topics in PDF-eXPLODE, for a more in-depth explanation.

  • E-mail blast without PDF attachments: You can now configure PDF-eXPLODE to not include PDF attachments when sending e-mails. This feature is available in Mail Settings or can be specified on a specific Default Message ID Tag, Client Details or a Client-specific Message ID Tag. This feature enables you to use PDF-eXPLODE as a bulk e-mail merge program. Using variables in the <pdfexplode> tag, you can merge database information into the e-mail subject and message. Plus, you can optionally include a cover sheet of any file type (PDF, DOC, etc).
  • Attach multiple PDF files: You can now configure PDF-eXPLODE in General Settings to attach multiple PDF files to an e-mail when they are addressed to the same e-mail address. The default behavior is still to send only one PDF attachment per e-mail. Use variables to assign distinct names to the exploded PDF files.
  • Include multiple cover sheet files: You can now include multiple cover sheet files. If you select to attach them as separate files, files can be of any type (not limited to PDF.) This feature is available in General Settings or can be specified on a specific Default Message ID Tag, Client Details or a Client-specific Message ID Tag.
  • PDF-eXPLODE Updated Exploding Engine: The engine is a minimum of 50%  faster but in most cases will surprise you with it’s level of optimization. For example - you can explode 250 Invoices and email them in around 5- 7 minutes in most cases, depending on your available RAM, Processor speed, your Internet connection  and your email server speed. Furthermore the engine has been enhanced to handle exploding of very large file (10,000 pages and above). This method has been stabilized to minimize the risk of program crashes due to lack of memory.
  • PDF-eXPLODE Exploding Method: The exploding engine now offers 2 distinct methods of exploding:
    • Only pages containing a TAG will be exploded: This is the default method where every page must contain a tag. A blank Tag page will be ignored in the exploding process.
    • Blank TAG pages are exploded using the previous Tag page
  • Job completed e-mail log: You can now attach the log from the current job to the job completed notification e-mail. The log is in comma-separated values (CSV) format and includes the exploded PDF file name and path, e-mail address, date and time.
  • Re-start interrupted process: If the PDF-eXPLODE process is interrupted after creating the temporary exploded PDF files (named *_expl.pdf), you can manually restart the process and complete the naming, e-mailing and archiving steps. Use the command PDFEXPLODE.EXE –CONTINUE "FolderPath of the_expl.pdf ", for example, PDFEXPLODE.EXE –CONTINUE "C:\PROGRAM FILES\PDFS".
  • Configurable log and settings file locations: Registry entries are now used to specify the location of log and settings (pdfexplode.ini) files. Registry entries are created under HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\PDFeXPLODE on 32-bit computers, or HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\WOW6432Node\PDFeXPLODE on 64-bit computers.
  • Log SMTP e-mail details: You can now configure logging to optionally capture the complete conversation between PDF-eXPLODE and the SMTP server to help diagnose problems.
  • Individual user settings on Printer Server: Now each user can have their own settings on a printer server based on their Windows user account name. A new command line parameter enables administrators to easily setup user accounts.
  • Copy settings utility for Printer Server: A utility program aids in multi-user administration by allowing you to copy settings from one user to another user. 
  • A new PDF Splitter utility can be used to explode a PDF having no <pdfexplode> tags, resulting in a separate file per page ( Pg0001.pdf, Pg0002.pdf…Pg9999.pdf.) You can specify a filename prefix.
  • A new PDF Rotate utility can be used to to rotate landscape-oriented pages within a PDF to portrait orientation (counterclockwise 90 degrees).
  • A new PDF Viewer utility program is faster and more accurate.
  • A new PDF Explode & E-mail utility program Makes it easy to process PDF files created using other software.
  • A new PDF Printer utility includes the following enhancements.
    • You can now configure the number of copies to print in the printer driver
    • You can now print password protected PDFs.
    • You can now print to any printer on the network.
    • You can now run the print program from the end of processing program (i.e. from the command line) to automate a process.
  • A new Copy Message ID utility program can copy one Message ID to another default Message ID, specific Client ID or Client-Message ID. 

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