PostScope PDF Dispatch Engine
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Apart from legally valid documents and contracts, today in the age of Internet, documents can be sent considerably more comfortable, economical and also technically less fault-prone by email than by Fax.
Also concerning reproduction quality and processibility, digital documents have many advantages in comparison to the analogous Fax on paper - just think of documents with embedded multicoloured pictures, sharpness of contour lines, the possibility to extract text passages from received documents by copying, or to forward a received document quickly to any arbitrary number of persons, or the effort to maintain the correct sequence of pages while scrolling through the paper salad of a Fax with several tens of pages.
Worldwide, the Portable Document Format (PDF) has unchallengedly gained acceptance as the standard format for digital documents as such.
Now PostScope PDF Dispatch Engine is a so-called PDF converter, i.e. a software, which turns documents of any arbitrary type, e.g.
For this purpose, all you have to do is open the desired document (for example a MS Word *.doc) with the corresponding PC-application (in this case MS Word), and formally print it on printer “PostScope PDF Dispatch Engine” – as PostScope is a so-called Virtual Printer Driver, which means: When printing any arbitrary document on PostScope, the output is not going to be a printed sheet of paper, but a PDF file, or PostScript file respectively, which can be saved to hard disk and / or send to the addressee directly by email.
Upon request, PostScope optionally personalizes your documents by stamping your individual logo onto these documents.
PostScope is a printer driver designed for Windows 2000, Windows XP and Windows Vista. PostScope does not operate under any other operating systems !
The computer on which PostScope is to be installed should have an internet connection, at least 128 MB RAM and 100 MB memory available on hard disk.
Installation step-by-step guide
· If you have already purchased a registration key for the full version, (for instance if you need to re-install the full version on the same computer and you already have the registration key from the previous installation), insert the key in the input field “Full Version registration key” and then click „install full version“.
· Normally, in order to install the demo version, click “Later“. Demo version can be upgraded to a Full Version at any time, even after the 30 day trial period has expired.
7. The message “Installation successful” in „PostScope installation“ window confirms a successful installation process. Now click “Close”.
Open any document with an application suitable for this type of action, for example this document (Readme.htm) with Internet Explorer.
In order to send the PDF or PostScript files, which PostScope put out, by eMail right away, you of course need an email program like MS Outlook for example.
PostScope sends its emails by the default email program registered in your operating system. Usually this program is MS Outlook or Outlook Express – even if you normally handle your email correspondence for example by a provider´s software.
You can query and edit your default email program either by clicking “Internet Options” from Window´s Control Panel or by clicking
„Tools“ / „Internet Options...“
from the Internet Explorer´s menu,
then selecting the desired email program on tab „Programs“ in field „E-mail“.
Before putting PostScope into operation, please carry out a “dry test” in order to make sure you can actually send emails by your default email program. Otherwise, please choose a different default email program.
PostScopes´s demo version differs from the full version in the fact that the provided image files are stamped with the DriverLab logo in order to devalue them.
At the initialisation of every print process, the demo version will enquire whether you want to install the full version:
Occasionally, this window appears minimized in the task bar:
In such situations, you must expand the minimized “PostScope” icon on the task bar by clicking on it, in order to select “Yes” or “No” then, as PostScope will not commence the printing process without a command, whether “Yes” or “No”.
If you want to install the full version later on, simply click “No” – the driver will still work but with the devaluing DriverLab-stamp, and only until the 30-days trial period expires.
Clicking “Yes” on the other hand will open the “PostScope" window that you are already familiar with from the installation.
To upgrade from the demo version to a full version requires registration as follows:
If you have several computers
Computer A, Computer B, Computer C, etc., and wish to run PostScope on only one of them, it is essential to actually read the demo version ID
from the particular computer where the full version will be run, as the registration
key belonging to demo version ID from Computer B is unique and thus does not
fit to the demo version IDs from Computer A or Computer C. Exception:
The registration key of the company licence fits on every computer. Please
turn to email@example.com in order
to get yourself a company licence (at least 10 workstations / licences).
Exception: The registration key of the company licence fits on every computer. Please turn to firstname.lastname@example.org in order to get yourself a company licence (at least 10 workstations / licences).
Now click “OK”.
In full version, the devaluing DriverLab-logo imprint disappears. If desired, you can have PostScope stamp your own individual logo instead.
For this purpose please carry out the following steps:
Caution: Only raster- or matrix-graphics image file formats like *.bmp, *.tif or *.jpg are permitted, but no vector-graphics formats like *.emf, *.wmf, *.cdr oder *.psd.
„C:\Documents and settings\[username]\My Documents\UserLogo.ps“
Of course PostScope also works without the file „UserLogo.ps“, but just without your individual logo as stamp.
Of course it does not make any sense to have PostScope convert a PDF document into a PDF document again. In case you should want to do so in spite of that, then this is going to work without Logo only. The same goes for vector-graphics image documents like *.cdr oder *.psd.
In case you do not intend to go on using PostScope, for instance because the 30-days demo period has expired, please click
"Start" / "Programs" / "PostScope PDF Dispatch Engine" / "Uninstall"
in order to uninstall PostScope.
This note is for programmers only, who want to control PostScope from within their own application:
If you desire to convert documents into PDF automatedly, that means without a human being having to open the document and to trigger the print process, then version „PostScope AutoConvert“ offers you an easy-to-use facility for this purpose.
At www.driverlab.de/PostScope/PoscACSetupEngl.exe you can download PostScope AutoConvert offering a programming interface. During its installation, library file PoscInterface.dll is automatically being copied to system directory “System32”. PoscInterface.dll exports the function
ConvertDoc2PDF( PCHAR sSrcDoc, PCHAR sOutputFilename, HWND hwndTargetWindow );
with which you can - from within your own program - automatically open document sSrcDoc in the PC-application (for example MS Word) corresponding to its file type (for example *.doc), and therein trigger the print process, which finally generates output file sOutputFilename.pdf. After termination of the print process, PoscInterface.dll by means of calling API function
PostMessage( hwndTargetWindow, MSG_FINISHED, (WPARAM) GlobalAddAtom( sOutputFilename ), (LPARAM) TRUE );
notifies your application (hwndTargetWindow), that the print process was terminated (MSG_FINISHED) successfully (TRUE), so that your application can react on it – if necessary – by calling API function
GetMessage( ... , MSG_FINISHED, … );
Details about the parameters of function:
ConvertDoc2PDF( PCHAR sSrcDoc, PCHAR sOutputFilename, HWND hwndTargetWindow );
File name including path and file name extension of the file supposed to be printed, for example C:\My folder\draft contract.doc
If NULL, then no print process is triggered.
File name including path of the file supposed to be put out, for example C:\My Archive\contract.
File name extension ".pdf" is being appended automatically to sOutputFilename.
If NULL, then the output file name is generated according to current printer settings.
Window handle of the executable file supposed to be notified on termination of print process by calling
LPARAM lParam );
#define MSG_FINISHED WM_USER+0x117
If sOutputFilename != NULL, then (WPARAM) GlobalAddAtom( sOutputFilename ),
In case of successful termination of print process TRUE,
After installation, source code templates are available in directories
[Installation path]\DriverLab\PostScope PDF Dispatch Engine\Interface\Delphi
[Installation path]\DriverLab\PostScope PDF Dispatch Engine\Interface\Visual Basic
[Installation path]\DriverLab\PostScope PDF Dispatch Engine\Interface\Visual C++
In these directories there are also executables CallDll.exe, or DllCall.exe respectively, build from these source code templates. Test them in the following way:
[Installation path]\DriverLab\PostScope PDF Dispatch Engine\Interface\Visual Basic\SourceDoc.doc
is converted into
After termination of print process a message box appears, displaying supplement information.
Note: On developing your own application please don´t start your application, which loads PoscInterface.dll, from within the integrated development environment – especially not from within Delphi RAD – but build the exe-file first, and only after that start it by doubleclicking.
The AutoConvert version of PostScope PDF Dispatch Engine has other default settings than the regular version, but in principle it can be operated also "manually" like the regular version.
Regular version and AutoConvert version of PostScope PDF Dispatch Engine are registered by the same registration key, and thus also cost the same.
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