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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

PDF_Writer_default.jpg

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 test@gmail.com&subject=Status /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 🙂