NovaPDF is an application that allows you to create PDFs from technically any file that support the print command. The program installs a virtual printer, and when you use it to print your documents, you get a perfectly converted PDF. In addition to converting files via the print command, the program also offers a standalone tool to convert documents to PDF.
NovaPDF is available in three different editions: Professional, Standard and Lite. Among the three, Professional is the most feature rich and pricey at $49.99. You can try any edition free for 30 days. We highly recommend upgrading to the professional edition, as it offers features that are must for organizations, such as the ability to add digital signatures that allows others to verify the authenticity of the document, auto send emails with custom templates, and encrypt PDFs with password.
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How it works
You can print any document via the print command and the program will show a dialog prior to saving your PDF. In this dialog, you can set the PDF profile, which is just a group of features to set watermark, password, digital signature and post processing tasks. We will talk more about profiles in the later course of this article. Other options in this dialog allow you to embed fonts in the document, merge PDFs, protect PDF with a password and set the PDF quality, which will automatically apply compression setting based on your preference.
You can choose to merge PDF by appending to the end of the existing PDF file or insert the current PDF at the beginning of the existing PDF. You can also choose to be more specific during merging and enter the exact page after which you would like to insert the PDF file.
Post processing actions include opening PDF with the default viewer and sending PDFs to predefined list of email recipients. Moreover, for quick conversion via the print command, you can set NovaPDF as you default printer and set up the printer preference that allow you to setup the page size, orientation, scale and default profile.
The standalone tool on the other hand can be tricky to be accessed, as the program does not create any shortcut on the desktop. On the start menu, the program does create a folder with all the NovaPDF shortcuts, but the standalone tool is not properly labelled. It is labelled as “Getting Started” which at first we thought was sort of startup guide. The tool allows you to select any document for conversion, and then select a profile.
The profile manager allows grouping settings based on end users preference (multi user environment) or the document type. You can use profiles to set the name, author, description, save location, and font options, layout settings, post-processing actions of the output PDF file. Post processing actions include, setting default viewer, auto-sending emails, and uploading the PDF to FTP or SFTP servers.
There is a new feature in version 9, which also allows you to set the version of the PDF file to preserve compatibility with older version of Adobe Reader and other PDF readers that generally have issues with the newer standard.
These general settings are available in all the editions of NovaPDF. Availability of other settings or features under profiles is subject to the edition of NovaPDF you use. We will talk about these features anyway, in case you decide to upgrade to the full-featured professional edition.
You can use the pro edition to add watermarks, overlays and digital signatures, use advanced compression to shrink down the size of the PDF by downsampling images or turning them into monochrome. If you are worried about privacy, security settings will enable you to encrypt the PDF with a password, plus set copying, printing, and modification permissions.
In our tests, we found that NovaPDF was excellent in retaining the original layout of the source document, which featured even the most complex documents with tables and illustrations. The best part is that bookmarks and hidden hyperlinks which similar PDF creating programs miss, NovaPDF detected and retained them without a fuss.
In case you have a large number of PDFs to convert, you can use the batch conversion feature to convert these files in no time. In addition to separately converting each file, you can choose to merge multiple files during conversion.
NovaPDF 9 provides a quick and easy shortcut to turn any document into a PDF. The addition of the standalone tool with support for profiles and potential to create multiple PDFs in one click makes it easier for organizations and professionals to create PDFs in a flash.
Grab Your Free Product Key
Softland is currently offering our readers free copies of the Lite edition of NovaPDF, which usually costs $29.99 to purchase. Visit the Offer URL and enter the required details to receive your free product key. The offer page also includes a 20% discount if you decide to upgrade to the Professional edition. Nova’s PDF driver is certified to work in both 32-bit and 64-bit edition of Microsoft Windows 10, 8, 7 and Windows Server 2008, 2012.
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