How to automate PDF email creation with BioPDF

You are properly using PDF files almost daily and you are properly also having a PDF printer installed on your PC’s make you able to print to PDF from any program you want to. There is a lot of free PDF printer available on the market today and one of my favorite is Biopdf PDF Writer which is freeware for personal use. One of the great things about BioPDF is that you can make a lot of customization to the software making it work just the way you would like. In this post I will show you how you create a small configuration file that will send your PDF file directly to an Outlook e-mail as an attachment.

How to make BioPDF Writer call Outlook with attachment

1. After you have downloaded and installed the PDF writer, you will have to go to “C:\Program Files\bioPDF\PDF Writer\” and create a new file named default@printername.ini file where <printername> is the name of your PDF printer. If you have used the default printer name the filename will be defaults@PDF Writer – bioPDF.ini


2. Open the ini file in a text editor like notepad and add the following lines:

[PDF Printer]
RunOnSuccess=”c:\program files\microsoft office\office14\outlook.exe” /c ipm.note /m /a “%1”

Note that the path for Outlook might be different on your computer depending on your Windows and Outlook version. The path in this example is from a 64 bit Windows 7 with Outlook 20120 also 64 bit. The %1 parameter contains the path for your newly created PDF file.

3. Test the configuration by printing a document e.g. from Word to your PDF printer. This should now result in a new Outlook Message pop up looking something like this:

New Outlook Message

Additional resources:

Additional BioPDF Printer Settings

Documentation for Outlook command-line switches

Download Biopdf PDF Writer

BioPDF Supports these Operating Systems

  • Microsoft Windows 8 (32 and 64 bit)
  • Microsoft Windows 7 (32 and 64 bit)
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 (32 and 64 bit)
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 (32 and 64 bit)
  • Microsoft Windows Vista (32 and 64 bit)
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 R2 (32 and 64 bit)
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 (32 and 64 bit)
  • Microsoft Windows XP (32 and 64 bit)
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Server

That was all from me for this time. Hope you find this little guide useful and I am sure that you can come up with some other usefull settings you can use with BioPDF Writer. I would love if you will share this post with your friends and I will also like to hear what PDF printer you are using yourself. Please drop me a comment below 🙂

How to detect what Microsoft .Net Framework you have installed

If you are a developer, tech geek or just a normal person who needs to know what versions of Microsoft .Net Framework is installed on a computer this little tool from Asoft might be handy to you. Sometimes it can be difficult to figure out what already is installed and what you need to download yourself. Some operating system has some of the newer version built-in and some of the old operating system does not. You can see a list of built-in frameworks in different versions of Windows on Wikipedia.

What is .Net Framework and why do I need it?

.Net Framework (pronounced dot net) is a developed by Microsoft and is a large library of developer components shared by multiple programming languages like Visual Basic, Visual C++ and website development (IIS). Instead of including all those library functions in each programs, programs developed for the .Net Framework can share the same library functions based on the .Net Framework. In order to execute a .Net program on your Windows PC you will need to install the .Net Framework version that the specific program is targeted for. The .Net framework editions is backward compatible meaning if you have .Net 4.0 installed you can also have framework 2.0, 3.0 and 3.5. Regarding version 1.0 and 1.1 it might be another story, but not many programs are using those editions anymore today.

Get the free .Net Framework detector tool

Microsoft .Net Framework Version Detector

With this little .Net framework detector tool you can easily found out what versions of the .Net Framework is installed. It can also tell you what service pack level has been installed for each framework.

Download the .Net Framework detector tool (353 KB)
(No installation required, just a single exe file in a zip archive)

What to expect from Microsoft Windows 8?

Windows 8.1 Logo

Windows 8 Logo

As you might know Microsoft has just released the Windows 8 Consumer Preview of their next operating system. Windows 8 are expecting to be finally released in the end of 2012. For a tech guy like me it is always interesting to follow the beta process of a new Windows version to see what features we can look forward to in the next version. Before we look into the new version let’s have a look on the history of Windows Client releases in the past.

The history of Microsoft Windows Client releases so far:

  • 1995 – Windows 95 is released
  • 1996 – Windows NT 4.0
  • 1998 – Windows 98
  • 1999 – Windows ME (Millennium Edition)
  • 2000 – Windows 2000
  • 2001 – Windows XP
  • 2007 – Windows Vista
  • 2009 – Windows 7
  • Windows 8? (Will properly be released late 2012)

Actually Microsoft also released Windows versions before 1995 but Windows 95 was the first one able to natively run 32 bit applications.

Official Demo of Windows 8 Consumer Preview


New features:

The Windows Store – Microsoft have added a store like you know it from Smartphones.

Ribbon in Windows Explorer –  Microsoft has added Ribbon like we know it from the Office products.

Windows Explorer Ribbon

Picture password – login using mouse gestures over a picture instead of entering your password.

Improved Task Manager – The Task Manager have got a lot of new nice features.

Windows8 Task Manager

New Remote Desktop client – The Remote Desktop Client has also been upgraded

Improved tablet support – The new user interface in Windows 8 had been developed with Tablet PC support in mind.


Things you might miss in Windows 8

Start Menu – The Start Menu are removed in Windows 8. This might take a while to get use to that for most people. The Start menu has been available since Windows 95, but maybe it is time to do things in another way.

New file system – There have been a lot of rumors about a new file system (ReFS) in Windows 8 to replace the old NTFS system. For now it looks like it will only be available in Windows server 8.

Remember that this is still a preview and Microsoft might change things in the final version. The whole idea with a Consumer preview like this is to get a lot of feedback from user to make the system better. Maybe they will remove features, maybe they will add additional features we never know.

 Requirements to run the Windows 8 Consumer Preview

  • 1 GHz or faster processor
  • 1 GB RAM (32-bit) or 2 GB RAM (64-bit)
  • 16 GB available hard disk space (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit)
  • DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM 1.0 or higher driver
  • 1024 x 768 minimum screen resolution

That is all from me. Now it is your turn. I would very much like to hear what you think about Microsoft’s upcoming Windows version. Do you think it will be a success?

I recommend Paint.NET Photo Editing Program

If you need a good Photo Editor Program better than MS Paint, that comes with Windows, but simpler to use than Photoshop, Paint.NET comes to the rescue.

How to get more free space for your Dropbox account

Dropbox account

If you like I am a big fan of Dropbox you might want to get some more space than the default 2 GB that the free account comes with. You can of cause buy some more space, but there is also a couple of ways you can get more space for free. At the moment I have 11.5 GB space on my free Dropbox account, just by completing the steps below.