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scConverter SDK Updates

The latest update will always include all previous fixes and improvements

Version What's New Released
4.12 Maintenance Update
New features:

  • PDFToCAD: Converting PDF to DWF format will now create Truetype text in the DWF file.
  • SVG exporter now supports raster images.
New methods:
Bug Fixes:
  • 1016: Text file was incorrectly identified as a Gerber file.
  • 1013: A PDF file from customer failed to convert.
  • 1011: Two PDF files from a customer failed to convert.
  • 1004: Missing an image in a CGM file from customer.
  • 1001: A PDF file converted to DWF could not be opened in Autodesk Design Review.
  • DWF exporter now correctly creates LWPOLYLINE with a constant width.
  • Merge mode was missing for some PLT files.
4-DEC-2017

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4.10 Minor Update
New features:

  • Added support for reading and writing TIFF files using JPEG compression (type 7).
  • Added support for reading and writing TIFF files using Deflate compression (type 8 and 32946).
  • Added support for reading GIF files.
New methods:
New properties:
  • DXFForceLineLW - Force lines to be written as LWPolyline when exporting to DXF.
New exported functions:
Bug Fixes:
  • 999: Converting PLT to DXF could cause invalid layer names to be written to the output file.
  • 990: Missing hatch pattern when converting a CGM file to PDF.
  • 989: Converting monochrome TIFF to DWF created an inverted image.
  • 985: Some information in a DWF file should not be including in the conversion (clipping error).
  • Converting DWF files with multiple sheets to PDF could sometimes cause an additional blank page to be added to the output file.
  • DXF writer now writes only the actual number of used layers, previous versions did always write 256 layers.
  • Tiled TIFF files are now supported.
6-OCT-2017

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4.00 Major Update
New features:

  • A completely rewritten core engine that gives much better precision for conversion. For some formats there could in rare cases be a loss of decimals when a file was converted with scConverter.
  • A new grayscale conversion mode has been added. By using this option the original document will be converted to shades of gray instead of colors.
  • A new PDF to CAD conversion method that can convert your PDF files to, for example, editable DXF files, has been added.
  • Added a new file format: WebP Image Format. Both reading and writing are supported.
  • The documentation has been rewritten as a PDF document.
New methods:
  • PDFToCAD - Convert your PDF files to editable DXF, Gerber, CGM and SVG files.
  • TextExtractEx - Extract text from files.
New properties:
  • GrayscaleMode - Enable gray scale conversion.
  • PDFHighPrecision - Enable high resolution PDF files. In this mode all coordinates are written with up to 4 decimals. If this option is not enabled, 2 decimals will be used.
  • PDFSearchable - Create searchable PDF files if the original file contains text.
  • DXFIgnoreWhiteAreas - Ignore white polygons during conversion to DXF.
  • PDFTransparency - Enable, or disable, transparency in converted PDF files.
  • DXFWriteMM - Write DXF files using millimeters or inches.
New exported functions:
  • scPDFToCAD - Convert your PDF files to editable DXF, Gerber, CGM and SVG files.
  • scSetGrayscale - Enable gray scale conversion.
Bug Fixes:
  • 987: PDF to CAD - some text elements in the PDF file were not correctly converted to DXF.
  • 982: A dashed line in a CGM file did convert as a solid line.
  • 978: A few elliptical arcs in a CGM file were not converted correctly.
  • 973: A text element in a CGM file was misplaced and had wrong scaling.
  • 972: Some shapes in a CGM file were missing solid black fill.
  • 964: A DWFX file caused an exception error.
  • 962: Two DWF files from customer failed to open.
  • 956: A DWF file from customer caused an exception error.
  • 955: DWF: White background was missing due to transparency incorrectly set on an image after conversion.
  • 940: The DWF exporter now supports transparent images.
  • 922: DWFX to TIFF: 32-bit images were converted to black areas instead of being transparent.
  • 914: Some of the text in DWF file had wrong height.
  • 909: A CGM file was converted with wrong extents.
  • 907: Lack of precision when converting a CGM file to PDF. The core engine has been updated to use 64-bit double precision for all calculations.
  • 906: Missing images in a CGM file.
  • 905: Missing a markup image in a DWF file.
  • 901: A tolerance symbol in a CGM file was not converted correctly due to an UTF8 error.
  • 898: Using ConvertGerberLayersToImageEx caused LPC to be ignored - all entities drawn using mono color.
  • 895: Alignment errors when using ConvertGerberLayersToImageEx and layers had different extents.
  • 890: Now writes coordinates in PDF with 4 decimals. Precision with 2 digits was not enough. In addition the core engine has been update to use 64-bit double precision for all calculations.
  • DXF export added a duplicate '0' after ENTITIES in the output file.
  • PDF to DWF conversion now works.
  • PDF to PLT conversion now works.
  • Hatch style was mssing for circles
  • Export to SVG now always creates polygons without outline.
10-SEP-2017

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3.15
Minor Update
Fixed issues:

  • #875 Some Gerber files were converted to raster using wrong DPI.
  • #874 CGM file was loaded with wrong extents and this made it impossible to convert the file to a raster format (e.g.:JPEG) due to out of memory error.
  • #872 Saving a GIF from customer to any other raster image caused distorted image.
  • #864 DWF: Some of the drawing elements should be clipped and not visible
  • #xxx Converting a file with color images and when monochrome flag was set, did still create color output. Color images will now be converted to black and white during conversion.
15-SEP-2016

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3.13
Minor Update
New function:

New exported functions:
7-AUG-2016

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3.12 Minor Update
New functions:

Bug Fixes:
  • 852: CGM arcs and circles was converted as polylines when converted to DXF.
  • 851: CGM polygon sets in some files was not converted correctly.
  • 845: A text element in CGM file should fit tightly inside a box.
  • 844: A text element in CGM file should be rotated and oblique.
  • 843: A text element in CGM file was not centered correctly.
31 July 2016

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3.11 Minor Update
New functions:

  • DWFLoadMarkup - enable or disable loading of AutoDesk Design Review markup from DWF.
  • GetFormatEx - return file format identifier for a previously opened file.
  • SaveThumbnailEx - save a thumbnail of given page to an image file.
  • GetPageThumbnail - return a thumbnail image of given page.
We've added a new C# sample that demonstrates how you can use scConverter to merge PDF files.

Bug Fixes:

  • 841: Spurious lines drawn between filled shapes in a CGM file.
  • 840: Missing raster images (24 bit cell arrays) in a CGM file.
  • 839: Converting a CGM from customer to PDF gave poor accuracy when doing measurements.
  • 805: Missing hatch pattern for a filled shape in a CGM file.
17 July 2016

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3.10 Minor Update
New functions:

  • PDFMergeAddFileEx - Import selected page(s) from a PDF file to the currently merged PDF.
New exported functions:
12 June 2016

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3.00 Major Update
New functionality:

  • You may now convert Adobe PDF files to TIFF, JPEG, PNG, CALS and BMP formats.
  • The component now includes functions for merging and splitting PDF files.
  • You may now keep a file open for multiple operations. Previously you had to reopen a file multiple times for doing operations as page by page conversion, and for reading page information.
New functions added:
3.June.2016

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2.19 New functions added:
  • ConvertPage - Convert a single page from the input file into a new file using the given format.
  • scConvertFilePage - Convert a single page from the input file into a new file using the given format.

Bug Fixes:

  • 813: Missing Design Review markup information in DWF file from customer.
  • 812: DWF file from customer could not be converted to any format.
  • 809: DWF file opened with wrong extents.
  • 808: DWF file opened with wrong extents.
  • 806: PLT file with wrong colors for some elements.
  • 803: Some of the text elements in CGM file from customer had wrong height.
  • 802: CGM file from customer not loaded.
2.May.2016

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2.18 New functions added:

Bug Fixes:

  • 798: Some of the text in PLT file from customer was not displayed correctly.
  • 794: Missing text in CGM file from customer.
5.January.2016

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2.16 Bug Fixes:
  • 782: Unicode text in CGM file from customer was not correctly displayed.
  • 781: Missing line styles in CGM files from customer.
7.October.2015

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2.15 Bug Fixes:
  • 780: Missing text in CGM files from customer.
  • 779: Converting PLT with monochrome images could in some rare cases create PDF files that failed Adobe Preflight with a invalid colortable warning.
  • 771: CGM files from customer failed conversion.
  • 770: CGM files from customer caused exception error.
14.September.2015

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2.14 Bug Fixes:
  • 777: PLT file from customer could not be converted.
  • 776: Polygon aperture in Gerber file was not converted correctly (missing rotation).
  • 775: Some IFC files was wrongly detected as Gerber files.
  • 767: Compressed CGM files could not be converted.
29.August.2015

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2.12 New Features:

Bug Fixes:

  • 760: Wrong format ID's was returned from CheckFile and scCheckFormat functions.
  • 759: Passing a Word DOCX file to CheckFile, or scCheckFormat, caused a crash in the DWF reader dll.
20.July.2015

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2.11 New Features:
New method (COM): New property (COM): New exported functions:
  • scGetProperty - Single function for reading all available properties.
  • scSetProperty - Single function for modifying all available properties.

Bug Fixes:

  • 743: Exported CGM files could sometimes have wrong metric scaling.
2.May.2015

2.10 New Features:
Added new method:
  • CheckFile - Use this method to check if a file can be converted by the ScConverter DLL.

Bug Fixes:

  • 733: Some Calcomp plotter files from customer could not be converted.
  • 720: Wrong fonts used for CGM files from customer.
2.May.2015

2.09 New Features:
Added new property:
  • UseROInstruction - Enable/disable use of HPGL/2 RO instruction.
  • There are now non-Unicode variants available for most of the direct mode functions (e.g. scConvertFileA for scConvertFile).
  • Updated DWF reader.

Bug Fixes:

  • 706: Text in HPGL/2 file from customer was not displayed correctly.
24.February.2015

2.06 New Features:
Added new methods:
  • MonochromeMode - Set active background color to use for conversion.
  • UsePenTable - Enable or disable pen table settings.
  • SetPenTableEntry - Define a pen table entry.
  • GetPenTableEntry - Return settings for selected pen table entry.
  • LoadPenTable - Load a previously defined pen table file.
Bug Fixes:
  • 114: Some elements in CGM file from customer was not converted correctly.
  • 111: Missing filled elements in CGM file from customer.
05.October.2014

2.05 New Features:
Added new methods:
  • ConvertToImageFile - Convert a file to an image file.
  • GetFileDimensions - Return the original dimensions of a file.
  • ConvertGerberLayersToImage - Convert several loaded files to a single image file.
  • AddGerberLayer - Add a Gerber file to the component as layer for later conversion.
  • ClearGerberLayers - Unload all loaded Gerber layers.
  • BackgroundColor - Set background color to use for conversion methods.
Bug Fixes:
  • Resolution was not written to exported BMP files.
  • Fixed a memory leak in the CGM exporter.
20.September.2014

2.03 Bug Fixes:
  • 116: Missing custom line style for circles and arcs when converting plot file to TIFF and other raster formats.
  • 115: Missing text when converting plot file from customer to TIFF and other raster formats.
  • 113: Missing line styles for arcs and circles in CGM file from customer.
  • 112: Some of text elements were not displayed at correct location in CGM file.
  • 110: Missing a raster image in a CGM file from customer.
  • 109: Wrong line width used for arcs and circles in some CGM files.
  • 108: Some arcs were not displayed correctly in CGM file from customer.
  • 107: Custom line styles were not supported in CGM files.
  • 106: Missing JPEG raster image in CGM files from customer..
  • 105: Poor resolution for splines and arcs in CGM file from customer.
  • 104: CGM file from customer caused an exception error during conversion.
  • 103: Missing group 4 raster image in CGM file.
18.June.2014

2.01 Bug Fixes:
  • 102: CGM files from customer failed to open.
  • 101: CGM elements in file from customer was displayed with wrong color.
27.May.2014

2.00 New Features:
scConverter can now open and convert TIFF, CALS, JPEG, PNG and BMP raster file formats.
The DLL can now be used in environments, and applications, that doesn't support COM.
  • Added support for loading and conversion of TIFF file format.
  • Added support for loading and conversion of JPEG file format.
  • Added support for loading and conversion of PNG file format.
  • Added support for loading and conversion of CALS file format.
  • Added support for loading and conversion of BMP file format.
  • Added property : ImporterPath.
  • The DLL now exports several function that can be used directly in any application that doesn't support COM (e.g.: Java). Read more about the exported functions here.
1.April.2014

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1.20 New Features:
scConverter can now open and convert Autodesk DWF/DWFx 2D files.
  • Added support for loading and conversion of Autodesk DWF and DWFx file format.
  • Added property : DWFUsePaperSize.
  • Added property : TIFFSingleStrip.
Bug fixes:
  • Fixed a problem that may cause created PDF files to generate warnings when verified by Adobe Preflight.
26.February.2014

1.10 New Features:
scConverter can now handle Gerber files.
  • Added support for loading and conversion of Gerber RS-274D and RS-274X plotter files.
10.December.2013

1.00 Initial Release
24.October.2013