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ViewCompanion Pro
Updates

Note: The latest version will always include all previous fixes and improvements

Version What's New Released
7.45 Maintenance Update.
Bug Fixes:
BugDescription
586Wipeouts in file from customer did disappear when converted to PDF.
585Transparent image was not correctly converted to PDF format (transparency lost).
584Print preview sometimes caused an exception error if classic interface enabled.
583Markup was sometimes displaced in converted PDF files if margins was used.

1-Aug-2013

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7.44 Maintenance Update.
Bug Fixes:
BugDescription
582File from customer did not load correctly.
581Files created by Canon plotter driver was displayed wrong.
580Some CGM files was displayed using wrong line widths.

6-Jun-2013

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7.43 Maintenance Update.
New Features:
NoDescription
1Added support for CALS type 2 raster format.
Bug Fixes:
BugDescription
579Couldn't export to dwf format if path contained Hebrew named folders.
578Some images in plot file from customer had wrong colors.
576Failed to open some Cals files from customer.

6-Apr-2013

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7.40 Feature Update.
New Features:
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1Added TRANSPARENTBLT to convert init file.
2Added a file merge function for combining two files into one.
3Added Page Setup button for Print Preview Ribbon: It is now possible to modify watermark and footer/header without closing and reentring Print Preview mode.
4Measurement area text can now be rotated.
Bug Fixes:
BugDescription
575 CGM file from customer with missing elements.
574CGM file from customer had wrong extents.
573WMF files was not correctly imported into MS Office Word/Powerpoint.
572Tools->Option OK button was missing on Hebrew version of Windows.
571Print preview now display watermark below drawing (if selected).

10-Feb-2013

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7.33 Maintenance Update.
New Features:
NoDescription
1Added ADDMARGINS, MARGINLEFT, MARGINTOP, MARGINBOTTOM, MARGINRIGHT, KEEPPAPERANDCENTER and USEFILEPAPERSIZE to convert init file.
Bug Fixes:
BugDescription
569Round line end style (pen table) was not applied to converted file in batch or command line mode.
568Roman style font was not supported.
565Missing linestyle for ellipse in file from customer.
---Registering extensions from the file association dialog did create wrong entries in registry.
---It was not possible to reassociate a file type to ViewCompanion if it was already assigned to another application.

1-Dec-2012

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7.30 Feture Update.
New Features:
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1Measurement calibration function has been added.
2Added ARCRES to the conversion init file.
3Undo now works for newly created markup elements.
Bug Fixes:
BugDescription
567Danish characters was not supported.
---Rotation was not applied when creating single multipage files in Batch conversion.
---First selected file always appeared last in Batch dialogs.

07-Nov-2012

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7.21 Maintenance Release.
Bug Fixes:
BugDescription
563Some Postscript files was incorrectly detected as HPGL/2.
562Converting multipage tiff files to a single multipage pdf file could cause a crash.
---Memory leaks when loading HPGL files that contains PCL raster text.

20-Sep-2012

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7.20 Feature Update.
New Features:
NoDescription
1You can now add margins to exported files.
A new option to enable margins has been added to the Tools->Options->Conversion page.
2If you select a predefined, or a custom, paper size you can now force the exported file to have the exact paper dimensions.
A new option to control this behaviour has been added to the Tools->Options->Conversion page.
3A new tool named Batch Report has been added. This tool can create a report of all your plot files.
4A DWF Publisher has been added.
5The PDF Publisher has been modified and now contains more settings/options.
6If the original file contains text you can now create searchable PDF files.
7JBIG2 compression is now available when converting to PDF.

New Markup Features:

NoDescription
1You can now insert Barcode as a markup symbol.
2You can now insert QR code as a markup symbol.

Bug Fixes:

BugDescription
560Text in HPGL/2 file from customer had wrong color.
559Calcomp plotter files from customer was not recognized as valid files.
558TIFF to PDF conversion sometimes gave inverted result if Group4 compression was enabled.
557Some of the text elements was missing in HPGL/2 file from customer.
556Added pen table support for CGM files.
555Distorted raster image in HPGL/2 file from customer.
553HPGL/2 files from customer had wrong extents when converted to PDF.
552Calcomp plotter files from customer not displayed correctly.
---Exporting to Windows BMP monochrome (1-bit) sometimes created corrupt files.
---Memory leaks when using the Crop feature fixed.

1-Sep-2012

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7.10 Minor Update.
New Features:
NoDescription
1Added PDFSTANDARD and PDFTRANSPARENCY options to conversion init file.
2Added new option to Pen Table : Line End Style.
3Added support for loading of Calcomp Plotter files.

Bug Fixes:

BugDescription
548 Entities drawn using pen 0 was ignored. Added new option (HPGL Settings Page) to allow information to be loaded anyway. This option is enabled by default.
547File from customer caused ViewCompanion to crash.
546PDF Publisher didnt use current rotation.
545Fixed problem with connected lines in polylines.

22-JUN-2012

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7.00 Major release.
New Features:
NoDescription
1New modern ribbon based GUI. The classic menu based GUI can still be used.
2ViewCompanion is now available as both 32- and 64-bit application.
4Save comparison result to file feature added.
5New Page Extractor feature which makes it easy to split a multi-page document into several single page files.
6New feature for appending a page from an external file.
7Added color override to overlays.
8Added option to set offset for file comparison.
9Cropping now works for raster files.
10File compare now works for monochrome raster files.
11Added support for loading of CGM (computer graphics metafile) format.
12JPEG Exif information is now listed on a separate page under file information.
13TIFF Tags is now listed on a separate page under file information.

New Markup Features:

NoDescription
1Stamps can now be rotated.
2Separate draw and fill color can now be selected from the ribbon.
3Updated XML markup format to support all markup elements.
4ViewCompanion can now save XML markup files.
5ViewCompanion can export markup to many different formats (previously only DXF was available).
6An additional symbol library has been added (DIN4844-2 Standard Symbols).
7ViewCompanion 7 has a new binary markup format which is not compatible with earlier versions. If you are working with users that are still using older versions, you can change default format to version 6 compatible from the Markup Options dialog.

Bug Fixes:

BugDescription
544Files from customer caused ViewCompanion to crash.
541Raster image in plotter file displayed with wrong rotation.
540Loading monochrome PNG files sometimes caused application to crash.
539Exported PDF files now pass PDF/A validator without errors and warnings.
538Fixed problem with slow redraw speed in print preview.
-Fixed many issues related to HP RTL compression method 10 images.
-Linestyles does now apply for line elements if high quality is enabled.
-Adding imagefiles with more than 31 characters in filename to a symbol library failed.
-File Save As now only shows valid export formats (e.g. dxf not listed for raster files).

1-MAY-2012

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Older Versions:
Updates for version 6.xx
Updates for version 5.xx
Updates for version 4.xx
Updates for version 3.xx

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