Nov 14 2011

PaperPort 14: Batch Converting MAX files to PDF [easy]

4szlq4tl_thumb PaperPort 14: Batch Converting MAX files to PDF [easy]This is a post for the use of the PaperPort application to convert the MAX files to PDF. Nuance decided with the release of v14 that they’d start using PDF files as a standard; which is good, since they now have a strong offering for a PDF viewer.

A lot of users have complained about the lack of conversion tools for MAX files, and MAX files for the most part are completely non-standard and the only way to read MAX files is with the PaperPort MAX file viewer; something that’s just not very fun to deal with. But I believe after Nuance listened to to their customer base, they furnished a batch converter.

I haven’t been able to find this converter on the Nuance website via a http page or FTP; I just can’t find it. And it maybe because they want customers to upgrade to v14 and as part of that, get the conversion tool. I don’t know; but seems logical. Although, I don’t see them offering this, because the option to make the converted PDF seaarchable, and I don’t know if that’s something that’d be backwards compatible…

But I have this video for you to watch…

Yeah, so there’s 3 main files to support it… I believe.

image_thumb PaperPort 14: Batch Converting MAX files to PDF [easy]

And it’s possible that you could muck with the system enough [with registry entries, folders and registering DLL’s]  to make the conversion program work, but from my initial testing, you can’t just take the 3 files from the PaperPort folder, put them on a jumpdrive and run it; there’s errors.

So, if you have PaperPort 14 you have the converter and you can effortlessly now convert all your MAX files to PDF.

Update 11/15/2011:
I inquired with Nuance about the possibility to offer the conversion program as a download from their site and the response was ‘…The utility requires PaperPort 14 as a prerequisite utilizing much of its technology under the hood for the conversion process and therefore cannot be installed independently.’ — So this means the conversion application will only be provided with v14 of PaperPort.


I hope this helps…


Thank you,
Larry Henry Jr. 

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