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novaPDF Lite 10.6 Giveaway

Giveaway of the day — novaPDF Lite 10.6

Create PDF files from any printable document.
$29.99 EXPIRED
User rating: 34 (81%) 8 (19%) 26 comments

novaPDF Lite 10.6 was available as a giveaway on March 22, 2020!

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novaPDF Lite allows you to create PDF files from any printable document, including emails, Microsoft Office documents, web pages, text. It works as a printer driver and you can print from any Windows application that supports printing - just set novaPDF Lite as the default printer and the document will be converted and saved as PDF file. Features include: customizable resolution, document information, predefined page size, quality settings and much more.

System Requirements:

Windows Vista/ 7/ 8/ 8.1/ 10/ Server 2003/ Server 2012/ Server 2016





File Size:

72.3 MB

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novaPDF offer the Pro as a giveaway and I'll give your software a try and evaluate it... lite and standard licenses are not worth my time especially when there are so many other absolutely free virtual PDF printers out there. If I am asked about ways to create PDF files easily I'll recommend one of the always free ones at the moment from the likes of CutePDF to Nitro Free PDF readers bundled Free virtual PDF printer or Adobe Acrobat Pro 8 included PDF printer... which can be obtained for free too.

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

QUESTION - will this software work as a totally stand-alone print/open/save replacement for Adobe Acrobat, or does Adobe Acrobat READER still have to be installed? Seems a lot of PDF-related software won't work unless Acrobat Reader is still installed, which is exactly what I want to get away from.

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

On one hand it's a great package if you want to print web pages or any document to a PDF file instead of a printer.
In fact even the Lite version is overkill for this simple task. Quality piece of software.
However it does install a Google Analytics and Telemetry DLL onto your system drive, generates, records and transmits three unique device ID identifier codes which are sent during registration, and defaults all telemetry to "ON".
I'd imagine they claim all the identifiers were merely for drm purposes but the fact remains that they install spyware components, default them to on, claim it's anonymous, all while triangulating three very specific personally identifying markers.

Reply   |   Comment by Wes Yemliak  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+9)

Wes Yemliak,

Whoa, nice catch! I found them in this folder: C:\Program Files\Softland\novaPDF 10\Driver\

But apparently they are Softland-developed files for monitoring usage and/or licensing (and hopefully not for reporting general computer/browser history as their title might suggest): https://forum.novapdf.com/support-troubleshooting-f6/googleanalytics-exe-t79207.html

However, if you delete or rename Telemetry.dll in order to disable it, these novaPDF items (in the Windows Start menu) will no longer work: Getting Started, Activation, Printer Monitor, Printer Manager.

As mentioned in that article, in your Windows Start menu for novaPDF, launch Getting Started (or Printer Manager, or Printer Monitor); select the Tools tab; at the bottom under the "Tools" section click on Settings; then uncheck the boxes for Send Anonymous Usage Statistics (and/or Show News Page).

A relevant comment/reply from Softland posted on this page might go a long way towards reassuring future novaPDF users and GOTD visitors that nothing sinister is going on with their offerings.

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

Is there a comparison between novaPDF Lite and DoPDF (free)?

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

Dragar, no idea... have you tried google?

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)

I was sorry that novaPDF did not work on my Windows 10, but my Windows 10 system is a little old and not working quite right so the Windows built in 'save as pdf' does not work. novaPDF installation failed with 'can not find print driver'. Oh well, probably just another example of older systems not being adequately supported / tested by MS developers.

Reply   |   Comment by Brian Carr  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-9)

Brian Carr,
Why on Earth should Microsoft waist resources on supporting / testing old versions of Win10 ?

Every newer version has fail-corrections, newer and better functions
so hanging on to desolate versions is quite stupid

Update (free) for Heavens sake, then you will even get a print driver !

Tobiasson, Europe

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

Hi Tobiasson, my hardware is about two years old with AMD A12 which I liked because it had good performance and low power / heat. Previously I had an Intel CPU which ran hot (poorly designed HP notebook) and burned out at just over two years. However, recent updates for Win 10 and various drivers fail now. No one accepts responsibility for testing / updating the numerous components and drivers for older hardware. I am on 1803 now and would love to go to 2003 but all versions since 1803 have had serious stability issues and don't work on my system. What to do? Which version of Win 10 are you running? Thanks for you input. Brian

Reply   |   Comment by Brian Carr  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

Does anyone know if the PDF output from this program is searchable?

Reply   |   Comment by Mike H  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

Mike H,

My own little test:

Yes, searchable text was produced in the created PDF file when "printing" via novaPDF from a Wordpad document.

No, searchable/selectable text was not produced when "printing" this page from my Firefox web browser.

Other novaPDF feature info in this table:


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


However, if you installed Text-R Professional (offered here on March 12) or similar OCR image-to-text software, then you can convert the non-text PDF into a searchable/selectable file.

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

Mike H, I just checked, and the answer is no -- it is not searchable (unfortunately).

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

Mike H,

For all the talk about Foxit Reader, I went ahead and installed it (despite my reservations regarding privacy outlined in another comment) and "printed" this web page using "Microsoft print to PDF", novaPDF, and Foxit Reader from both my normal Firefox browser as well as Microsoft's EDGE browser (total of 6 PDF files).

Whether or not this is a good test is debatable, but here are the results:

The three PDF files "printed" from Firefox all looked identical; none were text searchable/selectable; MS print to PDF created the biggest file (2285kB), Foxit was 1865kB, novaPDF the smallest (1765kB).

The three PDF files "printed from MS EDGE all looked near-identical; this time all three WERE text-searchable/selectable; again, MS print to PDF was biggest (394kB), Foxit in the middle (238kB), and novaPDF smallest (217kB).

(I forgot to choose to "embed fonts" in the novaPDF options, and didn't want to repeat the "test" for all three virtual printers since this GOTD page keeps increasing in size over time as more people add comments.)

(I need to figure out why using Firefox produces non-text PDF files, and wonder why the EDGE-produced versions are so much smaller when the same content is "printed".)

Otherwise, novaPDF seems to work just as well as the more complicated Foxit Reader.

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


Reading my own comment supplied me with my own answer:

Using Firefox produces bigger PDF files because they are basically multi-page/linked images.

Those produced by EDGE are text-based and therefore compress much smaller.

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

Hmarx, just comparing the output PDF file size of completely different virtual PDF printers is not informative as you can be certain that each developer will have configured different defaults like print resolutions and different downsampling and compression settings. To provide meaningful results you'd need to set each to the same comparable PDF document specifications, comparable DPI resolutions and compression types for different image content types colour vs black and white images and whether to embed entire or subset fonts... Some parameters will not configurable in all Virtual PDF printers though which will be part of the results of a meaningful test.

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


Thanks for that info, though I didn't attempt or mention the result of "printing" to PDF from MS Word.

And, TK -- you are right in that I did not perform any settings tweaks to ensure equal PDF document specifications. I just "printed" using the out-of-the-box default settings for all three as likely over 95% of users would do.

Mainly I was surprised to discover that "print to PDF" within my installed version of Firefox (74.0) by whatever product resulted in a non-text-searchable file as, apparently, are others:


Perhaps it is due to the Firefox extensions installed which I might later investigate.

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

Downloaded and installed easily...runs well..had to make a desktop shortcut to it from the start menu as it did not put aan icon on my desktop...but all fine and works as it should....Gordon

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

This was last offered as v10.3 on September 19, 2019. Read about the changes since then:


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


I have had v10.3 installed since last offered. I've used it occasionally, and so far it has worked unobtrusively and reliably to print-create PDF files with no fuss and minimal errors, maintaining the original document layout for the most part.

For example, when printing this GOTD page using either "Micro print to PDF" or "novaPDF 10" as the selected virtual printer, the outputted files appear identical when viewed/displayed; however the PDF file sizes are different with novaPDF being smaller (1673kB vs 1269kB).

novaPDF has many more settings for paper size, scaling, dpi, etc., than "Microsoft print to PDF".

Most of novaPDF's settings, tools, "about" and licensing, etc., are available as the printer "preferences"; i.e., using any application's menu (your Internet browser, or Notepad, etc.), select FILE > PRINT... > SELECT PRINTER > novaPDF 10 > PREFERENCES

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

I've been using Foxit PDF Reader ( https://www.foxitsoftware.com/pdf-reader/ )for years. It's FREE. Foxit does so much more than just have a printer driver that creates PDFs. You can type on any PDF. You can annotate any PDF, You can do a hundred things this one-trick pony can't.

Reply   |   Comment by Gary  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+39)

Seconded here. Foxit does the same for free. Plus many other features, with lifetime free updates and no instal-today hassle ;)

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

Gary and Martin...

Foxit _Reader_ doesn't allow you to 'type on any PDF'. This version allows you to 'read' pdfs and/or 'print to' pdfs from other programs, which is how you can 'write to a pdf'.

Also, Gary, your link was to the actual GotD download page for Foxit Reader, not the company page for it. The actual link is:

https://www.foxitsoftware.com/pdf-reader/ (what you posted actually links to the GotD download page, not to the basic Foxit page).

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

I've used it for years. It works well. A bit pricey relative to other PDF products.

Reply   |   Comment by STEVE A SPURLIN  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-4)

Good and user friendly program. I used it before Windows 10. But now Windows 10 has its own PDF printer...

Reply   |   Comment by Boris  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+34)
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