Server Release Notes 2013.0.1.14051

Server 2013 Build 2013.0.1.14051

This article contains the release notes for ActivePDF Server 2013 (Build 2013.0.1.14051). The Server 2013 product is a major new release of Server.

Operating System Requirements

The following software is required for full use of Server 2013.

  • Microsoft Windows ServerTM 2003 32- or 64-bit edition OR
  • Microsoft Windows ServerTM 2008 32- or 64-bit edition OR
  • Microsoft Windows ServerTM 2012 64-bit edition

Hardware Requirements

The following are minimum hardware requirements for Server 2013.

  • Pentium III 500-MHz or higher
  • 256 MB of RAM
  • 150 MB of hard disk space (for application)

Additional Requirements

  • Microsoft .NET 4.0 (Installed by Server if not detected on your system.)

New Features

This release includes the following new features:

  • New API—The updated API includes new classes and enumerated results. The new calls are more explicitly named, making them easier to understand, while improving consistency across future product releases. See our examples site for new Server 2013 examples:
  • Digital Signatures—Digitally sign files with InvisiblySignFiles.
  • Stamping and Watermarking—Incorporate Stamping and Watermarking into your documents with AddStampCollection, AddStampImage and various stamp-related calls.
  • AES Encryption—Use SetPDFSecurityAES to encrypt files according to the Federal Information Processing Standard developed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).
  • Streamlined Architecture—Server's new architecture reduces the number of services required and simplifies internal communication.
  • Improved Performance—The architectural redesign has improved overall processing efficiency, yielding greater performance than ever before.
  • Enhanced Error Handling—Errors are handled via the Results object in .NET and the ServerResult object in COM.
  • Enhanced Troubleshooting Tools—Improved logging and Support Tools provide more detail for troubleshooting and resolving problems.
  • Enhanced Documentation—Documentation has been consolidated and is now presented in HTML5 format, which includes new features, such as enhanced Google-style search results.
  • Browser-Based UI—The new UI, known as the Configuration Manager, enhances usability, improves load times and makes managing multiple profiles and settings easier than ever.

Important Changes

The Configuration Manager

The Configuration Manager is the new, browser-based UI that lets you easily manage the settings and profiles for all your ActivePDF products in one place. Server 2013 is the first ActivePDF product to use the new Configuration Manager.

Starting the Configuration Manager

To start the Configuration Manager, double-click the Configuration Manager icon on the desktop. The Configuration Manager opens in your default browser's window. If you are unable to connect, make sure the address in the URL is correct. Use the format http://###.###.###.###:PORT. For example: Server uses Port 90.

The License Manager

The ActivePDF License Manager has been updated to simplify the process of managing and maintaining product licenses. Server 2013 is the first ActivePDF product to use the new License Manager. To learn more about the License Manager, see the License Manager Reference here:


Known Issues

This section lists known Server 2013 issues. When a known issue is fixed, it is moved to the Bug Fixes table. NOTE: The availability of a workaround does not imply that an issue will not be fixed.

Bug Known Issue Workaround
3662 Configuration Manager (UI): Saving alphanumeric fields with special characters (e.g. !@#$) causes unpredictable behavior.

Refrain from using special characters, such as !@#$ in Configuration Manager fields.

3743 Setting LinearizePDF or LinearizeDocument (Deprecated) with PSToPDF or ConvertPSToPDF calls results in Error -99.

Refrain from using LinearizePDF or LinearizeDocument in the Configuration Manager or LinearizePDF in conjunction with PSToPDF and ConvertPSToPDF.

Bug Fixes

The following bugs were resolved in Server 2013.

Bug Description Resolution
2494 When unable to complete the .NET 3.5 framework installation, the installer erroneously displays the message, ".NET 2.0 Framework could not be installed." A new installer was created for Server 2013.
Converting a PCL file to PDF results in a PDF with incorrect fonts and/or characters. A PostScript component was updated.

The Server Tests Utility fails after instaling Server

The issue has been resolved.


Using SetPrinterAsDefault in COM creates a printer named, "Default" rather than using the name specified by NewPrinterName.

The issue has been resolved.


Converting a Microsoft Word document with Arial fonts results in an output PDF with Helvetica fonts.

A driver was updated to prevent the printer from substituting fonts.

Deprecated Calls

The following calls were deprecated in Server 2013:

Deprecated Call Replace With
AddFTP AddFTPRequest
CompatabiltyLevel CompatibiltyLevel
ConcatenateToExisting OverwriteMethod
DebugMode Debug
DefaultPrinter ModelPrinter
DefaultQueue OutputDirectory
DeleteFile Use system calls
EMailBCC AddToBcc
EMailIDFRom SetSenderInfo
EMailNameFrom SetSenderInfo
EMailNameTo SetRecipientInfo
EMailReplyTo SetReplyToInfo
EMailText SetEmailBody
EMailTo SetRecipientInfo
FlateCompression N/A
FTPDirectory AddFTPRequest
FTPHost AddFTPRequest
FTPPassword SetFTPCredentials
FTPUserName SetFTPCredentials
ImageToPDF ConvertImageToPDF
KeepPortDocument SavePostScript
LinearizeDocument LinearizePDF
NewPortName PostScriptFile
Orientation PrintOrientation
PaperLength PageHeight
PaperWidth PageWidth
PDFA Format
PDFAuthor SetMetadata
PDFHeight PageHeight
PDFKeywords SetMetadata
PDFScaleX ScaleFactorX
PDFScaleY ScaleFactorY
PDFSubject SetMetadata
PDFTitle SetMetadata
PDFWidth PageWidth
PDFX Format
PreserveTransfer PreserveTransferFunction
Scaling PrintScaling
SetOutputSecurity SetPDFSecurity
SetOutputSecurity128 SetPDFSecurity128
SetProcessAndThread SetPrintingProcessAndThread
SetUniqueInput SetPrintDocument
SMTPServer SetSMTPInfo
StampColor Use SetStampColor in COM. Use StampColorNET in .NET.
StampColorBlue Use SetStampColor in COM. Use StampColorNET in .NET.
StampColorGray Use SetStampColor in COM. Use StampColorNET in .NET.
StampColorGreen Use SetStampColor in COM. Use StampColorNET in .NET.
StampColorRed Use SetStampColor in COM. Use StampColorNET in .NET.
StampStrokeColor Use SetStampStrokeColor in COM. Use StampStrokeColorNET in .NET.
StampStrokeColorBlue Use SetStampStrokeColor in COM. Use StampStrokeColorNET in .NET.
StampStrokeColorGray Use SetStampStrokeColor in COM. Use StampStrokeColorNET in .NET.
StampStrokeColorGreen Use SetStampStrokeColor in COM. Use StampStrokeColorNET in .NET.
StampStrokeColorRed Use SetStampStrokeColor in COM. Use StampStrokeColorNET in .NET.
StartPrinting BeginPrintToPDF
StopPrinting EndPrintToPDF
Test TestPrintToPDF
TrueTypeOption PrintTrueType
UniqueInputFullPath PrintDocumentFile
UniqueInputName PrintDocumentName
UniqueInputPrefix PrintDocumentPrefix
UniqueInputSuffix PrintDocumentSuffix
Wait EndPrintToPDF

Installation and Getting Started

Installation instructions and general startup information is available in the Server 2013 Getting Started Guide:


API Reference

API information is available in the Server 2013 API Reference Guide: