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We are happy to announce that PDFCreator 1.1.0 supports 24 languages now.

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We are happy to announce PDFCreator 1.1.0 today. According to our new versioning scheme, it is the first release after PDFCreator 1.0.0 which adds new features. Among them is the embedded Ghostscript 9.0 which improves the TrueType font support. We have also added 128 Bit AES encryption and improved the setup to be run when PDFCreator is already installed to make the update easier.

The new TrueType font system also fixes spacing problems in some fonts including the Arial-Degree-Bug which caused the degree symbol to flow into following characters.

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I have said a few words about our apache performance before. You could see the result, that it may have taken a while until the http request was served if it was very crowded. In the end, that also did not help anymore and the performance was very poor. Actually, I have been spammed with mails from our monitoring system telling that the server load is very high.

Finally, we have moved to our new server last night. It smoothly serves the requests now and still leaves room for more requests.

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Today we have released PDFCreator 1.0.2. This version returns to the older Ghostscript 8.70 as the new version had problem with making text searcheable. We have also added some languages and have fixed a small bug of our own.

You find the new release in the download area: http://de.pdfforge.org/download

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Today we again had massive performance problems on the web server for several hours. Now it is fixed in a way that sounds strange, but makes sense when you think about it.

Some facts: We had 45795291 hits on the web server (file accesses like html files, images etc) in the whole month of june. Of these 8505586 hits access the update.txt - the file PDFCreator checks if it wants to see if there is a new version. This makes more than 3 update.txt requests per second, if they were fired with a constant rate. Practically, we get up to about 50 hits per second.

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We have uploaded PDFCreator 1.0.1 a few minutes ago. This happen according to our new versioning scheme. So this is a quick release fixing a few minor bugs (saving last directory and program fonts) and adding translations to the installer package.

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We are happy to announce PDFCreator 1.0 after nearly 8 years of development. With this release we have concentrated to have a stable version that will run as smooth as possible. Therefore, we had to spend some time fixing some things like the IE 8 bug.

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Great news to our many french speaking users: pdfforge.org is about to be translated to french. You already see the french flag in the Languages bar. It currently only changes the language of the content management system, but with the time our french translator will update the site content as well (except some parts as this blog or the forum).

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In the past, the PDFCreator versioning has been more or less chaotic. As we went towards the end of the 0.9 branch, we felt that the perfect 1.0 PDFCreator still requires some features like profiles, so the steps became smaller.

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Yes, it is cool to have a blog, so we will do it as well ;-)

From now on, we will inform you about new releases and developments around PDFCreator and hope that it helps you to keep track of what happens and what you may expect of PDFCreator to happen in the future.