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[2012-08-10]
- PDFrizator 0.6.0.28 released!
Maintenance release to fix the Bing images and TwitPic search services, due to changes the providers made to the API's.
Includes also minor enhancements and bug fixes.

[2012-08-02]
- Patch 2 for PDF Explorer 1.5.0.60 released.

It's a patch release, so most of the changes are bug fixes. There is also a new "My Scripts" sample script, to exemplify the usage of a new functionality added to the PDFE object, the access to the document pages size.

One of the bugs this version fixes requires the re-indexation of all the files in the database. This is needed because the format used to save the modification and creation date metadata fields has changed. This change is needed because PDFE now show these dates in local date format, when these fields have time-zone information. Shown dates will be wrong if the old values are left in use.
The best method to re-index all the files is to clear the database contents and scan all the files again, using the usual DiskTree scan mode. To clear the database, open the database editor, menu Database>Edit, make sure the root node is selected and click the delete button, confirming the intention.

Take note that if you have edited metadata for files that are in read only supports, such as CD/DVD-ROMs, you need to export these edited fields to a .csv file using the grid export tool, menu File>Export grid fields, so you can later import them again, as these fields data is only present in the database.


[2012-07-03]
- Patch 1 for PDF Explorer 1.5.0.60 released.
This is essentially a bug fix release, that also adds some minor enhancements.

[2012-06-19]
- PDF Explorer 1.5.0.60 released!
New in this release:
  • A new powerful batch tool, the My Scripts. This tool uses the functionality of the Windows Automation to enable user creation of custom tools that have access to all the functionality of the technology (e.g. can run scripts developed for the Windows Script Host), plus PDF Explorer specific features. Code your own tool, with the embedded, and very complete, editor and debugger, in JScript or VBScript, or any other Active Scripting enabled language, and start it from the tools menu or main toolbar.
  • Windows Automation Scripting capabilities added to the Rename and Edit Info Fields batch tools.
  • A new scan mode, the DBRemote. With it we can browse and search multiple remote web interface enabled PDF Explorer database and files, the same way as if using any of the other local scan modes.
  • The so requested Find Duplicates tool is now developed.
  • The PDFE grid is now also a file Drag and Drop source, so it's now possible to drag and drop files from PDFE to another external application.
  • It's now possible to start the Merge, Insert, Attach and Create PDF Package tools with Grid Drag and Drop.
  • Start typing and easily select a file with that name, if found in the current grid listed files.
  • Enhanced image thresholding added to the Quick OCR metadata edit assistant, with manual and automatic methods.
  • The PDF View and Images tab sheets can now be detached and work as a stand alone window, maintaining size and position of last session. Useful for multi-monitor systems.
  • It's now possible to retrieve and edit custom fields stored in the XMP object. With a renewed custom fields settings editor, able to import the fields definition from the files itself.
  • A new PDF tool, the Create/Edit Packages. Used to create and edit PDF packages, and edit PDF Portfolios.
  • Enhanced error handling mechanism added to the PDF Tools, that informs the user of its occurrence, and cause, providing chances to retry, rename output, ignore (when in batch mode), or cancel the tool task, when appropriate.
  • The Merge/Rearrange and Insert/Append pages tools have now options to keep the layers and bookmarks.
  • Preview button added to the split tool, that can now also split and keep the PDF layers.
  • When saving a Stamp/Watermark template, there is the possibility to embed all the tool options, even the range of pages to stamp. When embedded this way, using a saved template will automatically setup the tool with these saved options.
  • As usual with new versions, includes many bug fixes and other small improvements.

[2012-02-23]
- Patch 5 for PDF-ShellTools 1.0.0.13 released!

Essentially fix bugs found in the previous release, but also adds this major enhancements:

  • Enhanced error handling mechanism, that informs the user of its occurrence, and cause, providing chances to retry, rename output, ignore (when in batch mode), or cancel the tool task, when appropriate.
  • Any of the tools, or specific features, can now be disabled, preventing user access to its functionality. This can be defined from the installer itself, or by adding some values to the Windows registry.

[2012-01-04]
- Patch 4 for PDF-ShellTools 1.0.0.13 released

Fixes a bug that prevents the Windows Search Indexer from indexing custom defined metadata fields.


[2011-12-07]
- Patch 3 for PDF-ShellTools 1.0.0.13 released

Fixes a bug that was crashing the Windows Shell in 64-bit Windows systems.


[2011-11-30]
- Patch 2 for PDF-ShellTools 1.0.0.13 released!

Essentially fix bugs found in the previous release, but also adds enhancements such as:

  • The Create/Edit PDF Package tool can now pack entire folders, and its sub-folders.
  • The dynamic text object of the Stamp/Watermark tool has now a constant to stamp text passed in a command line parameter, when using the command line interface.
  • When saving a Stamp/Watermark template, there is the possibility to embed all the tool options, even the range of pages to stamp. When embedded this way, using a saved template will automatically setup the tool with these saved options.

[2011-10-28]
- PDFrizator 0.6.0.25 released!
New in this release:
  • Maintenance release, with various bug fixes and several small improvements.

[2011-10-18]
- Patch 1 for PDF-ShellTools 1.0.0.13 released!

Fix major bugs found, till now, in previous release.


[2011-10-05]
- PDF-ShellTools 1.0 Build 13 released!
New in this release:
  • A new tool, the PDF-Create/Edit Packages. Used to create and edit PDF packages, and edit PDF Portfolios. Ship with its related command line interface function.
  • It's now possible to define custom fields stored in the XMP object. With a new, and powerful, advanced custom fields editor that is able to import the fields definition from the files itself. This editor can also configure the myriad of settings used in the integration of the field in the Windows Property System.
  • The Merge/Rearrange and Insert/Append pages tools have now options to keep the layers and bookmarks.
  • Preview button added to the split tool, that can now split keeping the PDF layers.
  • The command line interface is now provided by a real console application.
  • As usual with new versions, includes many bug fixes and other small improvements.

[2011-06-27]
- Patch 3 for PDF-ShellTools 1.0.0.12 released!

Fix several bugs, and add small improvements to some of the tools.


[2011-05-09]
- Patch 2 for PDF-ShellTools 1.0.0.12 released!

As usually with patched versions, this release is essentially a bug fixes release. Includes also the next improvements:

  • The Drop Handler can now also start the PDF-Merge/Rearrange tool, pressing the Shift key while dropping.
  • The PDF-Merge/Rearrange and PDF-Insert/Append tools now accept drag and drop of files from the Shell, or other applications with compatible drag and drop format, to add compatible files to the lists.
  • A new license type, Enterprise, has been added to the list of available licensing choices.

[2011-03-28]
- PDF Explorer 1.5 Build 59+Patch 4 released!

This is essentially a bugs fix release, which include also small improvements such as:

  • The embedded PDF Creator tool has been removed and its toolbar button, and respective menu item, launch now the external, stand-alone, evolved version of this tool, the PDFrizator. Option to download and install the PDFrizator is provided, if not already installed.
  • There is now the possibility to use Lister (WLX) plugins for the Internal PDF Reader. Configurable under the Preferences dialog, menu Edit>Preferences>Internal PDF Reader.

[2011-03-14]
- PDFrizator 0.6.0.21 released!
New in this release:
  • Fixes serious stability issues present in the previous version.

[2011-03-03]
- PDFrizator 0.6.12 released!
New in this release:
  • Advanced Resource Explorer, able to browse local files, and online ones using Internet services such as: Bing images, Google images, Picasa, Flickr and Twitpic
  • Advanced Sound Explorer, with embedded player, to easily select music files locally, or found in the Internet, searching in sites such as SoundCloud.
  • A new method to embed MP3's, to make result PDF's more compatible with the last Acrobat versions security model.
  • The GUI has now advanced docking functionality.
  • As usual with new versions, includes many bug fixes and other small improvements.

[2011-02-16]
- Patch 1 for PDF-ShellTools 1.0.0.12 released!
There's nothing specially new, just some outstanding bugs fixes are included in this patched version release.

[2011-01-26]
- PDF-ShellTools 1.0 Build 12 released!
New in this release:
  • The manager can now configure the Property Handler to map any of the metadata fields, specially the custom defined, to any of the properties registered in the Shell. This enable the possibility to add system standard properties, such as Comments and Rating, to PDF's too!
  • The InfoTip Handler can now show custom defined metadata fields in the info tip balloons.
  • Delete source files on successful completion option added to the PDF-Merge/Rearrange and PDF-Insert/Append tools.
  • As usual with new versions, includes many bug fixes and other small improvements.
[2010-12-15]
- A new tool was born. The PDFrizator!

It's now online a new tool. The PDFrizator.


[2010-10-26]
- PDF Explorer 1.5 Build 59+Patch 3 released!

This patch includes, essentially, bug fixes, as usual with patch releases, but also small improvements, such as:

  • The rename and edit info fields batch tools have now access to the active grid dynamically calculated columns, which adds some scripting capability to the functionality of this two tools.
  • The Search and Extract batch tool has now the possibility to define the page processed interval in the "first n-last n" format, useful when processing very big documents.
  • The basics of the Cross-Origin Resource Sharing mechanism have been added to the web server.

[2010-08-10]
- PDF-ShellTools 1.0 Build 11+Patch 1 released!
New in this release:
  • Should now properly register the property handler in the 64-bit Shell of Windows Vista and Windows 7, 64-bit versions.
  • All the tools were failing to register in the 64-bit Shell of Windows XP 64-bit. All should now work fine, except the, not yet 64-bit compatible, column handler.
  • Some anti-virus were flagging the new command line interface tool, file PDFShellTools.exe, as containing a virus. This is a false detection, but some changes have been introduced to try to change the code pattern that led into this false, heuristics only based, detection.

[2010-07-28]
- PDF-ShellTools 1.0 Build 11 released!
New in this release:
  • Adds 64-bit Windows compatibility! Finally we can use it directly from the 64-bit Windows Shell, and without any workaround.
  • Includes a new tool. The PDF-Delete pages tool, used to delete custom-defined pages, or range of pages, from selected PDF documents.
  • The PDF-Attachments tool has now two more command line interface functions. The ListAttachments, and ExtractAttachment.
  • The PDF-Stamp/Watermark templates can now embed the external resources, making it completely stand-alone.
  • .CBR and .CBZ files (comic book archives format files) can now be used as source of pages for the PDF-Merge/Rearrange and PDF-Insert/Append tools, and also as source of images for the image stamp object.
  • A new Shell context menu item, named convert to PDF, will now show up when the right click menu is invoked for any of the supported image files ( .bmp, .png, jpeg, .gif, .tiff, .cbr and .cbz). This menu item action starts the PDF-Merge/Rearrange tool with the selected image files listed, enabling the easy conversion of these type of image files into a PDF document.
  • As usual with new versions, includes many bug fixes and other small improvements.

[2010-06-15]
- PDF Explorer 1.5 Build 59+Patch 2 released!

This patched version contains, essentially, bug fixes. Some notorious, that made the v1.5 build 59 very problematic when running in 64-bit Windows. But also includes some improvements. The most important are:

  • The help system is now context-sensitive. The F1 key will open the manual in the chapter where the focused tool/feature is explained. Full featured in the English version of the manual. Other localizations will be updated shortly.
  • The database editor shows now an improved database tree.
  • RenameFiles, CopyFiles, MoveFiles and DeleteFiles functions added to the web interface API.
  • Several improvements added to the web interface users and permissions editor.
  • The PDF Creator tool can now set some of the standard metadata fields, and supports drag and drop of image files from applications other than the Shell.
  • The import wizard can now open, more easily, very big .csv files.
  • The automatic updates functionality should now work when configured to connect through a proxy server.
  • A new version of the web interface, API based, client is also available here. Adds support to the new API file management functions, and the last version of the ExtJS framework. To see the new file management functionalities in action the related permissions must be enabled, using the web interface users and permissions editor.

[2010-02-08]
- PDF Explorer 1.5 Build 59 released!
New in this release:
  • Can now scan inside 7zip compressed archives.
  • Multi-level compressed archives scan, i.e., .zip inside .zip, .zip inside .rar, or any other combination, and level, of supported archives.
  • A new grid save file format, .pdz. Same functionality as with the .grd format, but with embed, in its 7zip compatible archive, grid content referenced files.
  • The beginning of the PDF Creator. A visual PDF creator tool, able to convert supported file formats (in this version only image files and TWAIN acquires) into PDF's, with possibility to configure visual page transitions, and background music, for PDF Reader's presentation (full screen) view mode.
  • A more advanced custom grid layout editor, with possibility to define dynamically calculated columns, and columns sums.
  • Keyboard shortcuts editor. Under the preferences editor, used to edit/define keyboard shortcuts to many of the program actions.
  • Full backup/restore settings functionality. No more registry exports, and data folder copies, needed to migrate our PDFE environment to another PC
  • A new PDF's tool, the delete pages. Also, several enhancements added to many of the other, already available, tools.
  • A new functionality added to the Search&Extract batch tool. The possibility to extract PDF's page media sizes.
  • The web interface expose now a REST API, with XML and JSON response formats. You don't like the default, html template based, web interface client? No problem, you can now create your own. A full, web 2.0 style and javascript based, client, to demonstrate this API, is available from the support forum.
  • The web interface can now show document thumbnails.
  • The default web interface client enables the possibility to define the item, an order, to sort by.
  • Html, RSS, Atom, XML, JSON and CSV, are now the response formats the web interface provide, for the DBSearch and DBFolder queries.
  • Web browser OpenSearch provider, added to the web interface. Query PDFE database directly from the browser toolbar, or search aggregator.
  • Includes many other small improvements, and a very big list of fixes for reported, and found, bugs.
  • Last, but not least! Finally a full, English language, manual is included in this release. It is now the more complete manual available, covering almost all of the program features. Sorry all for my poor English, but I'm sure it's better than nothing. Browse the online version here.

[2008-12-08]
- PDF-ShellTools 1.0.0.10+Patch 1, Trial, released!
New in this release:
  • Patch 1, to fix issues found on 1.0 build 10 new release, merged to the online trial download.

[2008-11-28]
- PDF-ShellTools 1.0 Build 10 released!
New in this release:
  • PDF Metadata can now be Shell accessed by a Column Handler, Win2k-XP, and from the powerful Property Handler, for Windows Vista. Not only standard metadata items are accessible. Custom fields can be easily defined.
  • A Drop Handler Shell extension is now provided to extended to interface to the PDF-Insert/Append and PDF-Attachments tools. Just drop supported file types on top of a PDF file to easily and intuitively start these tools.
  • The Merge/Rearrange and Insert/Append tools can now integrate not only PDFs but also image .bmp, .png, jpeg, .gif and .tiff files, with multi-image gif and Tiff files support. Very handy to rapidly merge a Tiff fax to a PDF, or transform a bunch of image files into a PDF document.
  • The PDF-Stamp/Watermark is now much more powerful, with possibility to stamp dynamic text. The dynamic objects include: Date, Time, Page number, Bates numbers, and External Applications text output.
    The image stamp object can now access .bmp, .png, jpeg, .gif and .tiff images, with muti-page images, bit and alpha transparency, support.
    A new Stamp object as been added. The PDF page, providing the possibility to use as stamp the contents of a PDF document page. If the stamp is to complicated to be composed by the Stamp/Watermark tool, just create it with another application.
    Extra spacing can be added to the page, in order to find space to the stamp, with the possibility to define page margins.
  • Many of the tools now have a preview functionality. Very handy to check how the document will look like after tool operation, or to simple create a temporary document to print, or whatever, without the need to create a new, or change the source, document.
  • Command Line interface added to the PDF-Insert/Append tool.
  • As usual, includes also many more small improvements and some bug fixes.

[2008-03-13]
- PDF Explorer 1.5 Build 58 released!
New in this release:
  • Now PDF Explorer is also a CHM Explorer. The same functionalities now extended to this popular file format, with internal CHM reader, text and image extractor.
  • Quick Image OCR to assist the Quick Info Edit mode. Extract metadata even if raw image only PDFs.
  • Use the grid layout editor to select what file types, PDF/CHM, to show in grid.
  • The web server can now execute CGI/ISAPI applications and scripts. Popular script languages as PHP, Perl, Python, and CGI, .exe or .dll, applications can now be used to extend the web server possibilities.
  • Increased web server access security with HTTPS protocol. To help configuration, added a wizard to generate auto-signed SSL certificates or SSL certificates requests.
  • Possibility to upload files using the web server interface.
  • Web server accesses can now be logged to a file, ECLF format, with automatic log file rotation.
  • The Info Edit batch tool can now access any of the info fields contents to compose the new field content, with search and replace feature too.
  • Possibility to add interface to external applications/scripts from the tools menu. Selected grid files can be passed as parameters.
  • The image extractor can now maintain, without reencode, the internal image file format.
  • PNG and GIF image file formats added to the possibilities of the image extractor encoder.
  • Drag and Drop of metadata text into the info edit tool, even from external application.
  • A new quick info edit assistant, the Rename On Metadata Change. File is automatically renamed using the pre-configured rule, when metadata edited.
  • Functionality to manually execute the task automation Folders task on selected files.
  • The automatic updates can now use proxy servers for Internet access.
  • PDF Explorer command line now accept PDF files. Submitted files are automatically indexed and show on grid at startup. Useful to use with the Shell OpenWith or SendTo functionalities. Command line can also be used to start the .csv import wizard. Same functionality when dropping these files types in the program interface itself.
  • The lite running mode can now auto start the web server and launch the web browser at startup.
  • As usual, includes also many more small improvements and bug fixes.

[2007-10-24]
- PDF-ShellTools 1.0 Build 9 released!
New in this release:
  • PDF-Rotate pages- New tool used to rotate the PDF documents pages by 90º increments.
  • Two new command line functions, ExportMetadata and SetMetadata.
  • Automatic updates feature added to the PDF–ShellTools manager.
  • Better tools manager Windows Vista integration.
  • As usual, with new releases, this one also includes many bug fixes and small enhancements.

[2007-07-24]
- PDF Explorer 1.5 Build 57 released!
New in this release:
  • Task Automation Folders- A sequence of user configurable tasks are executed on PDF files created on the monitored folders.
  • Check for online updates with download and install features.
  • File rename assistant to assist in the manual rename of files.
  • Accept Drag and Drop of shell files and folders.
  • The Web Interface is now Multilingual. Web interface clients can choose from the available idioms.
  • Possibility to export web interface search results into csv file.
  • Web interface info fields shown, selector.
  • Added possibility to edit the custom fields screen name without the need to create custom screen layouts.
  • Delete file to recycle bin or permanent, as in shell, functionality.
  • Improved database optimize routine.
  • Multiple instances possible using command line option.
  • This release fixes also many bugs of previous releases.

[2007-05-02]
- PDF Explorer 1.5 Build 56 released!
New in this release:
  • Two new PDF tools:
    PDF-Set/Reset Password Security - Used to set\reset the PDF documents password security functionalities.
    PDF-Extract Text Content - To extract the text content from, user selected, PDF pages to text files. ANSI, UTF-8 and Unicode text encoding formats supported.
  • Small enhancements to make it Windows Vista compatible.
  • Added support to work with PDFs protected by open password and with password protected attachments. Ask for password dialog and passwords manager.
  • Enhancements added to the Merge/Rearrange and Insert/Append tools to reduce file size by reducing the possibilities of object duplication.
  • Dynamic allocation of custom fields to a maximum of 100.
  • Custom fields can now be linked to other PDF applications metadata custom fields.
  • Customizable folders monitor background processes to enable automatic indexation of PDF files that appear/change in the monitorized folder(s).
  • Exclude folders list. Folders on this list are skipped from indexation.
  • DBDiskTree scan mode now available from the web interface.
  • Complete web interface access control with Login/Logout Username-Password pairs linked to definable groups of permissions.
  • Dynamic DNS IP change notification client added to the web interface.
  • New EndNote tagged format export grid filter.
  • New functionality to lock/unlock PDF files for changes. The flag is only PDFE related but is included in the PDF itself.
  • Start minimized , minimize to tray and autostart web server options added to general options and command line switches.
  • New tool to easy access to history metadata edition data to fast reuse in Quick Info Edit mode.
  • A new set of menu items icons beautify now the Tools menu.
  • This new release also includes many bug fixes and many other small enhancements.

[2007-02-06]
- PDF-ShellTools 1.0 Build 8 released!
New in this release:
  • Two new PDF tools:
    PDF-Set/Reset Password Security - Used to set\reset the PDF documents password security functionalities.
    PDF-Extract Text Content - To extract the text content from, user selected, PDF pages to text files. ANSI, UTF-8 and Unicode text encoding formats supported.
  • Added support to work with PDFs protected by open password and with password protected attachments provided by an ask for password dialog and passwords manager.
  • Enhancements added to the Merge/Rearrange and Insert/Append tools to reduce file size by reducing the possibilities of object duplication.
  • Added wildcards support to the command line interface
  • New PDF-ShellTools icon/logo
  • A new set of menu items icons beautify now the PDF-ShellTools context menu.
  • Complete User's guide, in English, added to the distribution. Online version is also available for easy consultation.
  • As usual, with new releases, this one also includes many bug fixes and other small enhancements.

[2007-01-25]
- PDF Explorer V1.5 Build 55 released!
New in this release:
  • This release includes only small bug fixes.

[2006-10-26]
- PDF Explorer V1.5 Build 54 released!
New in this release:
  • HTML Web Interface. This new tool provides remote access to some of the program functionalities with a simple need of a web browser. We can leave the embedded html server running at home and access to our PDF collection from office, or vice versa, or form any other place in the world. We can also construct, with this functionality, a Client-Server architecture at our office LAN and provide access and search capabilities to the main PDFs collection, even from computers running non-MS Windows operating systems.
  • In the database editor we can configure the indexed folders we want to share with the web server.
  • Two new PDF tools:
    PDF-Attachments - Used to open, extract, add and delete file attachments to/from pdf files.
    PDF-SetOpenOptions - Used to configure the options that instruct compliant PDF Readers, like Adobe Acrobat Reader, to set its initial view when open these PDF's.
  • The grid layout editor can now configure the program to also hide the not show in the grid fields from the rest of the interface.
  • Added the possibility to change the grid layout from the Edit menu.
  • The grid can show a left column with indication of the row number, to better reference.
  • Search&Extract, is the name of the new batch tool this release introduce. It's used to search for data in the PDF's text content, using the power of regular expressions, and extract it to external files or even to the metadata document info fields.
  • PDF version and Security State are the new pdf documents properties we can use to better organize our pdf's collection.
  • Added some enhancements to the Lite running mode.
  • The previous version introduced 10 custom use metadata fields are now fully integrated with the rest of the program tools.
  • The QuickPaste, QuickInfoEdit assistant, can now paste to all of the editable metadata fields, in replace or append mode.
  • DBSearch expressions Favorites repository to accumulate our most used Boolean searches, with meaningful names, for latter use.
  • As usual, include many bug fixes, this release fix some of big importance, and several small enhancements.

[2006-09-04]
- PDF-ShellTools 1.0 Build 7 released!
New in this release:
  • Three new PDF tools:
    PDF-Attachments - Used to open, extract, add and delete file attachments to/from pdf files.
    PDF-SetOpenOptions - Used to configure the options that instruct compliant PDF Readers, like Adobe Acrobat Reader, to set its initial view when open these PDF's.
    PDF-Renamer - Used to easily rename our pdf documents using their metadata fields contents as source to compose the new file name.
  • Added support to files encrypted with AES128 algorithm, the new encryption option introduced with Acrobat V7.
  • List of file attachments, pdf version and security restrictions summary added to the list of properties listed by the PDF-InfoTip tool.
  • As usual, include many more bug fixes and several small enhancements.
[2006-08-02]
- PDF Explorer 1.5 Build 53 released!
New in this release:
  • The text extractor now supports CID fonts and external CMAP's. The text viewer can also show and export Unicode text. Now we can see, extract and index correctly all these non ASCII documents like CJK, Eastern-Europe, etc.
  • Added support to files encrypted with AES128 algorithm, the new encryption option introduced with Acrobat V7.
  • 10 custom fields added to the already available standard pdf metadata fields to extend cataloguing possibilities. This is one of the most requested, finally available, feature.
  • The grid layout editor can now also be used to give different names to metadata fields. This way we can give more suitable names to reflect the information we really enter in these fields.
  • Added possibility to redirect disks root path to another path that can be a UNC, http, ftp,...path. This feature permits the local indexation of files, and later, remote access to these same files from remote points. Very useful for lite running mode. This is an experimental feature.
  • Creation dates and modification dates can now be specified for dates beginning at Year 1. No more 1980 limit.
  • A new security option added to lock all the operations that can change or erase pdf files.
  • As usual, include many more bug fixes and several small enhancements.
[2006-06-09]
- PDF-ShellTools 1.0 Build 6 released!
New in this release:
  • Two new PDF tools:
    PDF-Insert/Append pages - Used to insert pdf pages/documents into other documents specifying insertion point and using powerful merge rule expressions to specify pages to insert
    PDF-Stamp/Watermark pages - Used to stamp pdf documents pages with text, images and geometric shapes. Support templates and has various composition tools to create the overall stamp using the supported stamp objects.
  • The PDF-Merge/Rearrange tool has now an option to do the merge sequencing thru the documents in the list. Perform:
    Doc1Page1+Doc2Page1...DocNPage1+
    Doc1Page1+Doc2Page2...DocNPage2+
    ...
    Doc1PageN+Doc2PageN...DocNPageN.
  • The PDF-InfoTip tool can now show system file size, creation date and modification date
  • Added option to sort the files in the PDF Merge/Rearrange and PDF Insert/Append tools.
  • Important bugs discovered in the merge/rearrange tool that produced invalid files or fault pages have been fixed.
  • As usual, include many more bug fixes and several small enhancements.
[2006-05-25]
- PDF Explorer 1.5 Build 52 released!
New in this release:
  • Two new PDF tools:
    Insert/Append Pages - Used to insert pdf pages/documents into other documents specifying insertion point and using powerful merge rule expressions to specify pages to insert
    Stamp/Watermark - Used to stamp pdf documents pages with text, images and geometric shapes. Support templates and has various composition tools to create the overall stamp using the supported stamp objects.
  • The merge/rearrange tool has now an option to do the merge sequencing thru the documents in the list. Perform:
    Doc1Page1+Doc2Page1...DocNPage1+
    Doc1Page1+Doc2Page2...DocNPage2+
    ...
    Doc1PageN+Doc2PageN...DocNPageN.
  • The EditInfoFields batch tool can now append the new metadata to the one already existent in the document.
  • Added the possibility to the rename batch tool to use all the text metadata fields as source to create the new file name.
  • Important bugs discovered in the merge/rearrange tool that produced invalid files or fault pages have been fixed.
  • As usual, include many more bug fixes and several small enhancements.
[2006-04-09]
- PDF-ShellTools 1.0 Build 5 released!
New in this release:
  • The PDF-InfoTip tool can now show, in NTFS systems, file summary information items. The ones we can see or edit when right-click in Explorer, to get the file properties, in the summary tab.
  • In the PDF-ShellTools Preferences Editor we can now configure the info items presented by PDF­InfoTip tool.
  • Important bug fix in the PDF-Merge/Rearrange pages tool that produced files with fault fonts.
  • Fix in the odd and even split and merge rules processor.
  • As usual, include many bug fixes and several small enhancements.

[2006-03-29]
- PDF Explorer 1.5 Build 51 released!
This build fixes some important bugs found in the build 50 release.

[2006-03-23]
- PDF Explorer 1.5 Build 50 released!
New in this release:
  • Bookmarks now persist between running sessions and with the new bookmark manager we can rename, delete and change the list order of the bookmarks.
  • The PDF text viewer has now the capability to save all the document text to a text file. Copy to Clipboard tool button is also available to copy current page text.
  • This version introduce a mechanism to catch unhandled exceptions, producing error reports, very useful to complement bug report communications to software developer.
  • Added tool button to open/close the InGridPreview panel.
  • The grid layout functions are now also accessible from the Edit menu.
  • PDFE Lite running mode can now be launched from network places, without the need to map first that place to a system drive letter.
  • An important bug, present in the Merge/Rearrange pages tool, that in some situations produce broken files is now fixed. If some of you continue to get broken files with the merge tool, please, e-mail to me the original files used in the merge.
  • All the interface translation has been validated, and corrected, to fix some bugs tacked to errors present in some of them.
  • As usual, include many more bug fixes and some more small enhancements.

[2006-03-06]
- PDF-ShellTools 1.0 Build 4 released!
New in this release:
  • Two new tools:
    Split/Extract Pages - Used to extract pages from, or split, pdf documents. Powerful split rule expressions to specify single pages, page intervals, page multiples, and some other more exotic groups.
    Merge/Rearrange Pages - Used to merge several documents or rearrange document pages. With this tool we can specify page include rules to detail what pages from the document we want to incorporate in the new document created by the merge operation.
    This new tools are, compared to others that do almost the same, the fasted ones that I have, until now, tested. Check for yourself and let me know if I'm wrong.
  • Added support for command line and DLL interface. Check included Readme.txt for command options.
  • The PDF-InfoEdit tool can now append the new info entered to the already existent field info, when running in batch mode.
  • As usual, include many bug fixes and several small enhancements.

[2006-02-13]
- PDF Explorer 1.5 Build 49 released!
New in this release:
  • Two new PDF tools:
    Split/Extract Pages - Used to extract pages from, or split, pdf documents. Powerful split rule expressions to specify single pages, page intervals, page multiples, and some other more exotic groups.
    Merge/Rearrange Pages - Used to merge several documents or rearrange document pages. With this tool we can specify page include rules to detail what pages from the document we want to incorporate in the new document created by the merge operation.
  • Added tool to create bookmarks that memorize the current grid contents and layout. This way we can rapidly resume to the previous bookmarked grid state after some other scan grid operation.
  • The Rename batch tool can now use Subject metadata field contents as source for file rename.
  • Now the index tool report correctly the number of pages of some very specific updated pdf documents that make the old implementation to count incorrectly
  • The PDF-Lite Pack creator tool can now force the Lite running mode to always use the same grid layout. This way we can rename the standard metadata fields, to include custom data, and the grid columns always refer the correct data contents.
  • As usual, include many bug fixes and several small enhancements.

[2006-01-25]
- PDF-ShellTools. A new tool was born!
I'm please to announce the birth of a new tool. His name, PDF–ShellTools.
With this new tool we can deal with our pdf documents directly from the Windows Shell. Check product page for details and take note that this is its first public beta release, so, use it carefully and if you meet a bug, present to him my compliments, and report to me the situation, please.

[2006-01-08]
- PDF Explorer 1.5 Build 48 released!
New in this release:
  • Three new tools:
    The Anonymizer - Use it to remove all traces of metadata information from the pdf document.
    Rotate Pages - Use it to rotate all document pages.
    ISBN/DOI Catcher and Resolver - Use it to catch, and later resolve, using integrated browser, all the ISBN and DOI numbers that the document have. Nice tool to quick consult references in scientific papers.
  • The beginning of QuickEdit assistants - While in QuickEdit mode these tools assist the user to speed up the edition of pdf metadata fields. In this version we have:
    The QuickPaste - clipboard spy tool that popup when text is copied into Windows clipboard. Use it to quick edit copied text and send it directly to the respective pdf Info field.
    The ISBN/DOI Sniffer: Active while in Text view mode, popup when he finds a ISBN or DOI number. Use it to resolve document ISBN or DOI. He need internet connection to resolve.
  • Enhancements in the Text To Speech feature.
  • Some interface graphical enhancements.
  • Now the startup at custom folder option and the extract images batch tool are working again.
  • It was given special attention to memory leak problems and most of them are now fixed.
  • Many more small bug corrections and enhancements.

[2005-12-08]
- PDF Explorer 1.5 Build 47 released!
Because of a big mistake that I did in build 46, build 47 is already online. If you are experiencing problems, upgrade to build 47.

[2005-12-07]
- PDF Explorer 1.5 Build 46 released!
New in this release:
  • Enhancements in the image viewer/extractor, one more colorspace and smooth images using Microsoft GDI+ API
  • Keyboard shortcuts to QuickView, QuickEdit and images Viewer/Extractor tools.
  • Enhancements to better support external plug-in readers.
  • A myriad of bug corrections and other small enhancements.
  • The beginning of the PDFE User's Guide, English localization.

[2005-11-20]
- Purchase/Registration for commercial use is now available!
You need to use PDF Explorer in your business or other commercial activities? Now you can do it legally. The possibility to purchase and register PDF Explorer is now available online.

- PDF Explorer has now a renewed HomePage!
I'm pleased to announce that the look and feel of the PDF Explorer website has been updated. Please report any broken links, misspelled words, or other faults you find to me. Ideas to improve it are also welcome. Please look forward to major improvements to the PDFE website over the course of the next few months.