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Giveaway of the day — Creativities.PDF 1.2.0

An all-in-one application for managing and converting PDF files.
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User rating: 74 (88%) 10 (12%) 47 comments

Creativities.PDF 1.2.0 was available as a giveaway on March 1, 2021!

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Creativities.PDF is an all-in-one application for managing and converting PDF files. It provides basic functions for editing PDF files, such as rotating, deleting and extracting pages, text recognition in PDF and image files, adding or removing password protection, converting Office documents and images to PDF. Furthermore you can merge multiple files into one single file, export images that are embedded in a PDF file and compress a PDF file.

An OCR module is also included. This allows you to convert non-searchable documents (for instance, PDF files that include scanned pages with text) into searchable ones or extract text from images.

Creativities.PDF performs all the processing locally, on the user’s computer, without uploading your files online.

System Requirements:

Windows 7/ 8/ 10 (x32x64); .NET Framework 4.6.1; Supported languages: English, German

Publisher:

Max Lock Softwareentwicklung

Homepage:

https://www.creativities.de/en/

File Size:

32 MB

Licence details:

Lifetime, no updates

Price:

$24.24

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#24

was able to install and run this under windows Vista with .NET 4.6.2 installed. Due to it being installed into an unsafe location after proof of concept that it runs under Vista and does not need Windows 7 or above I have uninstalled it until such time the developer learns to comply with Microsofts best programming practices and installs it into the correct Program Files/Program Files (x86) heirachies and learns to use the %TEMP% folder path for intermediate wizard operations and not a program instalation folder or sub folder.

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#23

It successfully compressed a file that another application was not able.

Reply   |   Comment by Mustafa Ciftcioglu  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#22

I use PDF-XChange Viewer Portable with many great functions. Some of the "PRO" functions are watermarked.

Reply   |   Comment by Green PDF  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#21

Tried creating a PDF from a Word DOCX with headings and cross references.

The good:
* File looks good, with clear graphics
* Some links worked (most PDF creators don't convert links at all)

The not so good:
* Some links didn't work
* Some text changed from Arial to Times
* Pagination affected - (added a page)
* Big file size - similar to word's Save as PDF.

Did not try other functions.

A good start, but still needs work.

Reply   |   Comment by YD Forums  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)
#20

This program would be so much more useful to me if it converted .pdf files to image files such as .jpg, .jpeg and .png. I am disappointed that it cannot do this.

Reply   |   Comment by Beverly  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-3)

Beverly, sure it can.
Export to images. The con is that it will all the pdf and you can't select which pages

Reply   |   Comment by ad id  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#19

Easy to install and some useful functionality. Needs a form filler / signature adder which some other pdf utilities have. Compression worked well - 55MB book with lots of pictures down to 14MB with no loss of resolution

Reply   |   Comment by Stephen Moratti  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)
#18

Installed it and appeared to work, tested some convertions and those worked. Just wondering if I can click that update button or if it will invalidate? Thanks

Reply   |   Comment by Customer Inquiry  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Customer Inquiry, I clicked it and said updates not available in feee version. That answers question.

Reply   |   Comment by Customer Inquiry  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)
#17

Installed Creativities.PDF and apprears to work. Says Update to 1.3.0
Will it still work if I update it? Some products only allow use of non-updated product.
Thanks

Reply   |   Comment by Customer Inquiry  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#16

It successfully combined 2 pdf files that other programs could not do.
OCR presents original file as a result but if you select and copy some part in the "searchable" resulting file, it is only garbage (200 dpi original image pdf).

Reply   |   Comment by Paul B  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#15

Quite good. Preinstalled, just a setup file that is easily portable, good tools that work.

Reply   |   Comment by Neo  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)
#14

uninstaller does NOT work it reports the program may have already been uninstalled would you like to remove the entry. Will have to do more debugging to figure out if its an entry error that could be corrected and then used to remove this program or if I will have to remove it manually.

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

TK, Ah some debugging later... It turns out the Update.exe is actually essential to keep if you ever want to uninstall the program! I had disabled the program to prevent it from invalidating the giveaway license and in doing that I broke the non-standard uninstall function! Extracted a fresh copy of Update.exe from the setup.exe and successfully?!? uninstalled it... though it left a couple of files behind in the installation folder, the "Update.exe" and another file called ".dead"

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)
#13

Max Lock, the developer, has another product: XDay. It is programmed in the same way as the giveaway, as a semi-portable in %AppData%.

Wat is XDay Event Management?
Focuses on the planning of small to medium-sized events - from the guest list to tasks, service providers, schedules and budget. For individuals, it is free, but you have to register with a working mail address. See https://xday-software.de/

The documentation is in German: https://www.xday-software.de/docs/

Reply   |   Comment by krypteller  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)
#12

I am uninstalling this program, as two of its features fail every time I try to use them - It will not complete the process of recognizing and extracting text from an image, nor will it convert a non-searchable PDF to a searchable one.

These two functions would have been very useful, but sadly the program fails before completion.

Reply   |   Comment by Derek  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#11

THANK YOU! Great addition to my toolbox.

Reply   |   Comment by Halligan Popoki  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#10

Windows 10: After zip extraction, no GCD file, but a Setup.exe which installs Creativities.PDF not in C:\Program Files (x86) but in C:\Users\name\AppData\Local\ with desktop shortcut but no Start Menu entry.
It can be uninstalled normally through Apps and features.

Reply   |   Comment by jo  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#9

It is nice that it is portable, that is a major plus, means you can carry this on a USB stick and use it on any computer you want. There are not many freeware PDF editors AFAIK, so this is a nice prog to have.

Reply   |   Comment by Geni Daltes  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)

Geni Daltes, it is not portable, but semi-portable. It will leave traces in %AppData% on the computer you use it on.

Reply   |   Comment by krypteller  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

Geni Daltes, It is NOT portable it installs in an unusual (read ill advised location due to bad program design)
It is also NOT a PDF editor in that you cannot edit text objects or image objects in a PDF file, just rotate and mess about with entire page contents.

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#8

how do you "install" this program? I have only got Setup.exe file and read.txt file. Do you just run setup.exe each time?

Reply   |   Comment by cash merch  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-3)

cash merch, double-click once on Setup.exe and it will be installed in your %AppData% folder. With a clickable icon on your desktop.

Reply   |   Comment by krypteller  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

cash merch, to install the program just run the setup.exe file and it will place a program icon on the desktop.

Reply   |   Comment by Franky  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

cash merch, having read the Read.txt file for the information therein, you simply run the Setup.exe file which will carry out the installation on your computer.

Reply   |   Comment by Jay U  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

cash merch,
>" Do you just run setup.exe each time?"

No. The first time you run setup.exe, it installs the program and places an entry into your Start Menu. I hate that the setup.exe does not allow the user any control over the installation location, but that is how they have done this one. Look in your Start Menu for the entry. You can right-click on the Start Menu icon, then select Properties to see where the program is installed.

Reply   |   Comment by Gary  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#7

Took a .png file with words, converted it to pdf then used the OCR filter. Did not work.

Reply   |   Comment by Phil  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+11)
#6

Multiple single purpose routines - needs open and save for each process. You can not work all steps on one file. Installer does not offer a path. Is hidden in: user\appdata\local (follow the shortcut in the windows menu 2x). Does not offer your own organization of path in programs nor in menu's. Split does not work. Compress does. OCR not tested. Program can be moved to different directory. I will keep it.

Reply   |   Comment by guus  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+19)

guus, Split works. But for some reason you have to fill the field name pattern, even if it is placed under options

Reply   |   Comment by Franky  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

guus,
Thanks. I found the program at link you listed. I moved it to portable apps folder.

I hate it when SW developers bury program in some obscure place. Devious or irresponsible!

Reply   |   Comment by rakve  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

guus, Received mail to fill in the option filename e.g. splitfile. It works after this. It does not take wild card characters like ? or -n for a specific pattern. creates files with the filename and a sequencenumber. Missing is a help file explaining this. In the code maybe a default filename should be added. OCR crashed out.

Reply   |   Comment by guus  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#5

Nice program, enough for what most people need to do with PDF.

The free version of PDF Shaper can do about the same, but this one has more functions.

Several functions are interesting like compression and OCR. Unlock has been usefull for me to remove the protection of my bank statements, so i can merge them together.

The program is preactivated. No activation key required. And lifetime licence. Perfect.

A keeper. Thanks GAOTD

Reply   |   Comment by Franky  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+10)
#4

it is a portable app - a single file.
it finds an update immediately and asks to be paid for this upgrade.
At least it does well what it promises.

Reply   |   Comment by teo  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Of course you can skip the prompt update.

Reply   |   Comment by teo  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+17)

teo, not exactly sure if it is "totally" portble. It installs a folder in drive C:\Creativities. And, in this folder there is a file called update.exe. If this file is renamed, the program wouldn't start. If it is renamed back, it starts normally.

Reply   |   Comment by Mario Trzes  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+21)

Mario Trzes, if you copy the Creativities.PDF to any folder and run then it cretes some more files and this folder can be moved anywhere and it properly runs! So it is portable

Reply   |   Comment by teo  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

teo, It is NOT a portable app! It installs into users\username\AppData\Local\Creativities\Creativities.PDF.UI.exe

It installs a shortcut on the Desktop and creates a Folder in the Start Menu for this softwares company and as shortcut for the installed program. There is also an uninstall entry in Programs and Features for it.
I suspect the developer chose the less than best practice installation location because they are writing to the programs installation folder during program operation, maybe when OCR'ing or other 3rd party engine processing and not figured out how to specify temporary folder paths to the third party engines.

TK

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)
#3

Looks as fine GOTD, I tried it's compression feature and it works very well, much better than my other free PDF compressor.
I recommend!

Reply   |   Comment by ad id  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)
#2

It is written that :-
!!! .GCD file included is necessary for correct installation and activation. Please make sure to extract all enclosed files to the same folder. After successful activation and installation you may safely delete GOTD installation files from your PC (including .GCD)!!!

where is the GCD file and how to install GOTD file. I have only got Setup.exe file and read.txt file.

Reply   |   Comment by Shivam Kumar  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-5)

Shivam Kumar, A file (.GCD) is also missing from me.
Win10 - 64 bits.

Reply   |   Comment by Carl  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I have the same problem!
The .zip file contains only the setup.exe and the readme.txt files.
No .GCD file is included!

Reply   |   Comment by kalle  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

Shivam Kumar, Mine installed fine without the .GCD file. Developer apparently has to update this read me to account for this being automatically installed as a portable app in user's data folder. It's rather unusual relative to most other GOTD offerings.

Reply   |   Comment by Buckley  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)

kalle, You don't need it. I'm running Win 10 - 64 Bit and it installed fine with no issues.

Reply   |   Comment by Nikki Leigh  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

Buckley, the readme is not supplied by the developer, but by the people of Giveawayoftheday. Sometimes they provide us with the setup.exe provided by the developer, renaming it to Setup.exe. On other days they use a special wrapper to code the setup provided by the developer into a .GGD file.

It seems someone at Giveawayoftheday thought he was going to use the wrapper and later changed his mind, but forgot to edit the readme file.

Reply   |   Comment by krypteller  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Shivam Kumar, to install the program just run the setup.exe file and it will place a program icon on the desktop.

Reply   |   Comment by Franky  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Shivam Kumar, The readme.txt file paragraph about the .GCD file with THIS giveaway is in error. The clue is the setup.exe has a different embeded icon and is not signed by the same signer that the GAOTD themdia wrapped setup.exe and the size is that of a normal installer and not just a couple of megabytes.

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)
#1

It usese public domain Tesseract as OCR engine. That supports over 100 languages. It would be nice if all EU languages could be supported by Creativities.PDF.

Reply   |   Comment by krypteller  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)
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