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NovaPDF Lite 8.3 Giveaway
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Giveaway of the day — NovaPDF Lite 8.3

NovaPDF Lite allows you to create PDF files from any printable document, including emails, Microsoft Office documents, web pages, text.
$29.99 EXPIRED
User rating: 125 (27%) 341 (73%) 40 comments

NovaPDF Lite 8.3 was available as a giveaway on July 3, 2015!

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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.

Key Features:

  • Customizable resolution;
  • Document information;
  • Predefined page size;
  • Quality settings and much more.

Please note: The user who finds the most bugs or submits the bug which gets the most votes, will get NovaPDF Professional license for free. Leave your ideas in the Idea Informer Widget.

System Requirements:

Windows Server 2003/ 2008/ 2012/ XP/ Vista/ 7/ 8/ 8.1; Hard Disk Space: 100 MB

Publisher:

Softland

Homepage:

http://www.novapdf.com/novapdf-lite-desktop.html

File Size:

44.8 MB

Price:

$29.99

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#18

Not sure why the company couldn't find or post it, or forces a comparison to the pro version everywhere, but I found a comparison chart:

http://www.novapdf.com/compare-products.html

Basically, no security, no compression on the lite version.

Now, a note to publishers, especially those with higher end, corporate versions, or multiple seat discounts. There are a lot of people on here that evaluate your product AND your company based on how you respond to issues and questions. I for one started looking at this based on a large clients need, and if that worked, would have deployed to two smaller companies. I work for a international company doing support, and local companies.

Will I buy a corporate license to the product? No. But I can tell you I will think twice about recommending a product where the company may be buying 500+ seats and facing a company that isn't forthcoming with a simple request and has cross-issues with doPDF and novaPDF as one person had above. If there is common code, make it one product.

Reply   |   Comment by RocketGeek  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)
#17

i used novapdf (probably previous gotd version) without problems. i uninstalled it just for having too much pdf printers and other one served my (a bit specific) needs better. but i shall give a try to this version - old one had some marginal problems with margins, this one can be better...

Reply   |   Comment by pH  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-3)
#16

Thanks to the GOTD Team and Softland for today's giveaway, but if it's okay, i think i will stick with my older v7 Standard, and i do believe that the Lite version offers a few less features.

novaPDF v7 has, and continues to serve my needs well, and is fast and very reliable.

Interesting how v7.7.400 novaPDF Standard was only 6.0 MB, and here is v8.3.933 weighing in at 42.7 MB. I just figured that the .NET framework was now included in the installer at that size.

Thanks again, and everyone have a great weekend :)

Reply   |   Comment by Just_Pa55ing_Through  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)

Karl highlighted something here that just drives me up the wall, and that is all these software producers try and create so many different versions of virtually the same program, but with no clear way to determine the differences. Just the "lite", "pro", "premium", etc. is bad enough, but in some cases like this even using different names.

Reply   |   Comment by chasrus  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+10)
#15

Dear Softland:

Thank you for being here, but one request: can you kindly do a comparison of features between DoPDF and Nova Lite (today's giveaway), rather than your linked comparison of DoPDF with Nova Pro (which is of absolutely zero benefit to readers interested in today's offering).

Thanks

Reply   |   Comment by Matt  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+12)

Hi Matt, This is the link for you http://www.dopdf.com/compare
Have a nice day,
J.

Reply   |   Comment by J.  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

A comparison of DoPDF and Nova Lite (NOT Pro) is still needed!

Reply   |   Comment by ABC  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)
#14

As a free alternative, I have used PDFCreator (http://www.pdfforge.org/) successfully. They also have an add-in module (US$ $9.99) that I have not used.

Peace.

aj

Reply   |   Comment by aj  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)
#13

I believe I got this PDF Converter some time ago from a posting on GOTD.
http://convert.neevia.com/pdfconvert/
When you click on the neevia link as above it becomes
https://docupub.com/pdfconvert/
Nice and simple...does the job.

Reply   |   Comment by Rob Martin  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-3)
#12

Is there a Discount offered for upgrades to other versions for GAoTD Users?
I have been using FinePrint and pdfFactoryPro (by the same company) for over 20 years and have been VERY Happy with them. They are NOT FREE, but they offer a very generous upgrade policy and development is ongoing.
The functions of pdfFactoryPro compares well with NovaPDF Professional.
For product comparison (of FinePrint Products go to: http://fineprint.com/compare-products/ .
They DO offer A Fully functional Trial version.
I hope that helps someone.

Reply   |   Comment by Chris Roy Jackson  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

Yes, there is a 20% discount for GAOTD users. Just visit http://www.novapdf.com/free/giveawayoftheday15.html and see the "Buy Now" button (it will add the Pro edition in the cart with the discount applied).

Reply   |   Comment by Softland  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)
#11

The necessity to have a standalone product to generate PDF files is pretty marginal nowadays, given that so many applications already offer the ability to save their output in PDF format natively.

As I haven't tried the other PDF utilities mentioned so far in the comments, all I can add is that my favourite products for handling PDF-related functions are those from Foxit Software (http://www.foxitsoftware.com/) and Aiseesoft (http://www.aiseesoft.com/). The Foxit products are comprehensive, well-designed and implemented, and easy to use.

Aiseesoft's PDF-to-Word converter plus OCR tool offers outstanding performance (better than Adobe's subscription-based online conversion tool). Its unique features are the extremely comprehensive list of supported languages (many more than Adobe's), and its superb accuracy. I can't praise it enough.

Reply   |   Comment by Erik K  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#10

I use print to PDF quite often, usually to save web page content, & to *save* a receipt when I purchase something on-line -- a precaution in case it never shows up via e-mail, & for those times the e-mail order acknowledgement or confirmation does not have full details, which is very common. I cannot recommend the software I've used for many, many years, PDF Creator, because it'll often stop working -- it only takes seconds to fix, & is likely caused by interactions with other software I've got, but I can't recommend something with problems.

If you use the following as the search term with Google, you will see the times that NovaPDF has been on GOTD -- "novapdf" site:giveawayoftheday.com . The results include other versions, so perhaps if you wanted a better version [i.e. Pro], you'll be able to upgrade with a future GOTD.

Odds are that we will see more PDF printers on GOTD I think -- with the free win7/8/8.1 upgrade to Windows 10, which includes its own built-in PDF printer, I'd imagine sales for this sort of software will decline, so companies will want to get what they can, while they can in terms of sales.

I've had an earlier version of NovaPDF installed in my XP Mode VM for quite some time -- I've only used it once or twice but it's seemed OK. That does mean however that I cannot give a good accounting of what installation adds or needs, because much of that is already installed.

I will say that if this version of NovaPDF does require .NET 3.5 or 4 [as one of the comments suspects], neither are a insurmountable problem in XP. Up until the end of last year when I upgraded parts of this PC, & could no longer run XP, XP Pro SP3 did just fine with all the available .NET versions installed. Installing the later versions might not have been fun -- it took quite some time -- but it all worked OK in the end.

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+11)

I also print receipts to pdf. Orders as well. But I would never trust that to something as evanescent as .NET . It's here today and I bet it'll be gone tomorrow, the way Microsoft supports its own products. Take a look at the way they dropped support for Windows Mobile when Vista came out. My HP iPaq210 still works. Luckily I can use Bluetooth to receive files on it, otherwise it would be an orphan.

Reply   |   Comment by bart  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#9

I already have this installed. Should I uninstall the old one first or will this one just update it automatically ?

Reply   |   Comment by Tony Alvarez  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

If you have version 7 or previous, you'll need to uninstall and install the new version (8) for it. If you have version 8.x there's no need to uninstall, will work on top of that.

Reply   |   Comment by Softland  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)
#8

NovaPDFLite
Address: Softland SRL , str . Traian Grozavescu 2/1 , 400305 , Cluj-Napoca , Romania
Automatic installation at C:, no chance to change (for me):-(
And ... http://www.oompoop.de/NovaPDF.png
That's a bit too exciting ...
http://www.geekuninstaller.com

regards
Joachim

Reply   |   Comment by oompoop  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-16)
#7

1. Might not work on XP for those who despise the .NET framework 4.0. (A hunch because there is no indication of which framework version is required. But the screenshot gives a hint.)

2. For any expensive and very heavy (100 MB!) product to replace a much lighter free one, it must have outstanding features not found anywhere else. This is not the case with this GOTD. If you remove the crap with a semantic analysis filter from the NovaPDF Lite's web page, you'll be left with 3 words: requirements, linearization, profiles. If that's what you want...

3. It cannot produce PDF forms. I can tell it because if it did, it would be mentioned in bold in the feature list. In comparison, Open/LibreOffice can export a text document to a PDF form. I make all my forms with OOo (don't forget to name correctly every field for FDF support). If you look at the PDF export options in OOo, you will notice how poor and limited is this NovaPDF Lite.

Reply   |   Comment by papin  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+10)

papin,

Re your point 3: I just print to pdf when I use either Jarte or OpenOffice Writer and a few seconds later Nitro brings out a pdf ready for printing, should I wish.

As for naming fields for FDF support, I suppose Nitro Pro would take care of that, but it's beyond my needs.

Reply   |   Comment by bart  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#6

Besides the $29.99 lost and other shortcomings mentioned, there's one more negative:
according to http://www.novapdf.com/download.html
novaPDF requires the .NET framework to work so you'll be prompted during setup to install if it's not already on your PC.

Don't forget this is implemented as a printer driver, if more developers decide to use .net or java for this kind of software, you'll be forced to upgrade your hardware sooner than later given the unnecessary bloat this brings about on every boot of your PC.

Reply   |   Comment by slimquest  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+12)
#5

There seems to be no security settings (passwords) with this version of novapdf that I could find... Maybe it has security, but I do not know how to add a password to the printed documents! -uninstalling-

Reply   |   Comment by Hector  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#4

1.) It says in the description to set it as default printer. Total insanity. That means any time you press "print" your documents will be copied to PDF instead of going to the normal printer. i.e. instead of printing on paper unless you choose to make a PDF it will make a PDF unless you choose to print on paper. In fact when you install a PDF print driver you usually have to reset the default back to your standard printer because they grab the default setting on installation.
2.) As implied above, the world is full of free PDF converters that work this way. My favourite is Bullzip, but there are so many to choose from.
3.) Many, if not all, modern office suites will save to PDF natively, anyway, including the open source ones. e.g. the obvious one; Libre Office

Reply   |   Comment by TeryB  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+14)
#3

This does the same job as all the other freeware PDF virtual printers, the only difference is this costs $29.99. The key feature of being able to recognise and make active links (both visible (http:// or whatever is visible on screen) and cloaked (some text has a link attached to it) is missing from this 'lite' version. Add in the 44Mb download...sorry guys, no dice. Had this been the Standard or Pro edition, maybe, to see if it can handle links.

Reply   |   Comment by Jon Smith  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+8)
#2

Installed and registered without problems on a Win 8.1.3 Pro 64 bit system. A larger installation due to (printer) drivers. It is the original installer from SoftLand.

A Romanian company with address. The software is on the market since many years, a novaPDF Printer Lite was GOTD on December 14, 2006.
Meanwhile there are many PDF print drivers on the market, free and paid. They all do more or less the same: print with the "print command" from any application something in the PDF format.

If you install it - think, that it does not make much sense to have several PDF printers installed. Keep the one, you like most.

Today's software is a rather complete printing system, you can change the behavior with the profile manager:
http://i.imgur.com/ttou9Bm.png

Printing the current page gives some slight problems with the correct layout - due to the different page size of the print format and the web page:
http://i.imgur.com/E4LFNVu.png

And I run into a problem with different installed PDF printers. Good to have the reboot...
http://i.imgur.com/E4LFNVu.png

This software claims to have a additional feature:
"novaPDF supports PDF Linearization. Also called fast web view, PDF linearization allows the creation of PDF files that can be easily viewed via the web browser. Instead of downloading the entire PDF file at once, the PDF will be "streamed" in the browser page-by-page."

Hmmm, what should I say???

I have doPDF8 installed a my PDF print driver. For this test I installed additionally today's software. Guess, what it does? You can't guess.
It captures my doPDF print driver for advertising. no,NO, NO. YOU SHOULD NOT DO THIS!!!! N E V E R

http://i.imgur.com/FDYj1tD.png

This attitude spoils the whole impression. No comment from my side.

Uninstalled via reboot

-----------------------
Remember yesterday's software? How good is your memory?

When was Pizza Marghertia invented?
What are the ingredients?
I'll pass the third question.

Don't put an answer here, don't look my previous comment. Just test yourself, whether you can remember.

Reply   |   Comment by Karl  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+118)

your reviews are so clever & precise, & always laced with a tinge of humor - we like!:-)

Reply   |   Comment by lal thadani  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+13)

Karl,

Just a FYI,doPDF is made by the same company that is today's GAOTD.

Reply   |   Comment by Louis  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+27)

Karl,
First, I want to say that your comments are always greatly appreciated. Thank you.

For this GOTD, I tried printing this giveaway page with my PDF creator (PrimoPDF) and got a similar result as you. Then I tried just "File" - "Print Preview" in my Firefox browser and got exactly the same result. That says to me that the problem with printing this GOTD page is a browser problem, not a PDF software printing problem. (Note: To create an identical PDF of this GOTD page I use a Firefox browser extension called "Print pages to PDF"
(http://printpdf.pf-control.de) which prints this page as it actually looks.)

Stu

Reply   |   Comment by Stuart Berg  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+16)

@ Louis

thank you! Oops, I simply didn't recognize, that this was the same company. Shame on me. I installed this printer driver some time ago, works without problems. The "advertising" is clear now.

Reply   |   Comment by Karl  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+17)

I represent Softland, the makers of today's giveaway (novaPDF).
doPDF is novaPDF's "little brother", so it does not do any hijacking or anything else, they basically use the same platform. The difference is that novaPDF has more features. You can see a difference between doPDF and novaPDF (professional though, not lite) here: http://www.dopdf.com/compare

So again, doPDF is built on the same platform as novaPDF thus the tight integration. doPDF even uses the same add-ons for Microsoft Office as novaPDF.

Reply   |   Comment by Softland  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+31)

I have been using DoPDF. It functions well. The parent company of DoPDF is Softland. NovaPDF is also under the umbrella of Softland products.

Reply   |   Comment by ric  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

@ Softland

sorry for my fault. You see that I use your product doPDF without problems. Take it as a recommendation.

Reply   |   Comment by Karl  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+24)

I have been using dopdf for many years on different versions of windows without any problems.
Thanks to the softland. This printer driver is according to my needs.

Reply   |   Comment by Irshad  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Hi Karl!

Take a look: http://imgur.com/kSYMZYm

It is the same company who developed both applications novaPDF and doPDF.

Reply   |   Comment by mara  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)
#1

For what I need, the free CutePDF does the job.

This has a few more bells and whistles but not enough to warrant a price tag of $29.99

Reply   |   Comment by PhilS  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

A search about CutePDF led me to some reviews suggesting to pay attention when installing due to the presence of some unwanted "xtras" or adwares.
(Do not remember exactly the characteristics of those "nasties" but googling will bring up relevant results...)

Reply   |   Comment by Gio  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+47)

I use Nitro Reader 3, free version. I haven't read a single .pdf with Adobe reader since I tried this about ten years ago.

It does the job for me and is very powerful.

Reply   |   Comment by bart  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)

Yes, CutePDF has a very dodgy 'wrapper' around it, depending on where you download it.
Nitro PDF is very good, and has the benefit of being a PDF Reader as well as a PDF writer. Used to be *very* lightweight, but has got bloaty over the years.

Reply   |   Comment by Chris Locke  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+22)

Gio, that's the NORM these days. I refer to it as CRAMWARE. One should ALWAYS do a custom install and opt out of all the junk. Had a "client" last week said she couldn't see but half her web page. Remoted in and OMG.. she had like 20 toolbar's (some of them were the size of 2).

Reply   |   Comment by tc1uscg  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+14)

Can't afford to lose real estate to toolbars these days what with the sticky sliders sites use nowadays to keep part of their page right up top. I sometimes have to go F11 on some sites.

Reply   |   Comment by bart  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)

I prefer BullZip.
Besides PDF, it will also let you "save" the file as 37 variations (some lossless) of bitmap, encapsulated postscript, jpeg, pcx, png, postscript, or tiff.
And it has options to add watermarks, passwords, 256-bit encryption, permissions, backgrounds, metadata, or to copy to clipboard, merge, etc.
And it has an "Edit" mode that lets you change all the defaults.
Some of that functionality is in the paid versions, but the free "Community Edition" has a lot of these features enabled.
Cheers.

Reply   |   Comment by Johnnie Walker  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)
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