Retiring Legacy PDF Driver


We plan to retire the Legacy PDF Driver in the next release of RPE. The Legacy PDF Driver generates PDF documents and is replaced with the new PDF driver. The key points you need to know are:

1. The new PDF driver was introduced in 2012 and has been the default PDF document generation driver since then, as it provides better output formatting as well as a closer resemblance to MS Word output.
2. No improvements were made to the Legacy PDF driver in the last three years.
3. If the Legacy PDF driver is still being used, replace it with the new / default PDF driver.
a. If you notice any difference in the PDF document with the new PDF driver, the template would need minor modifications to tune it to the new PDF driver.

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Author: Kumaraswamy M

Kumar is an architect for Rational Publishing Engine. He has been with the product for more than 4 years and has been involved in many releases of RPE. His expertise are in Web application development and API design. He loves going on a long ride on bike and conquering peaks during weekend treks.

3 thoughts on “Retiring Legacy PDF Driver”

  1. Thx for this info.
    Can you please precise the RPE Launcher version that introduced the new PDF driver in 2012?
    How can we see we have the new or the old driver?
    Is this affecting the Launcher only or also Studio?

    1. RPE 1.1.2.2 is when new / default PDF driver was introduced.
      I’ve updated the post with a screen capture. For document specification in RPE Laucher, you could add output format. One of them was Legacy PDF driver, which doesn’t get included by default while creating a new document specification. Once has to add the old driver specifically. By default, the new PDF driver get added from RPE 1.1.2.2.

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