PDF Printer Overview

novaPDF is a PDF printer for Windows that allows you to easily create 100% industry-standard PDF files (searchable and optionally PDF/A compliant).

It's never been easier to print to PDF, you simply open your document, click on "Print" and select novaPDF as the printer to generate the PDF. Try it now and see how easy it is to create PDFs: Download novaPDF.

novaPDF is compatible with the 32/64-bit editions of these operating systems: Windows 8.1/8, Windows 7, Vista, XP and Windows Server 2012/2008/2003.


You can use novaPDF to print to PDF from the first second after it's installed without configuring anything. However, even if it's very easy to create PDFs, it still contains a plethora of features:

  • Bookmarks are recognized and included in the resulting PDF
  • Your PDF can contain active PDF links (clickable)
  • Can be installed and used as a shared network PDF printer
  • You can watermark PDFs with text/images
  • Password protect the PDF or restrict copy/paste
  • Overlay and/or merge PDF files
  • You can create linearized PDF files (optimized for web)
  • Digitally sign PDFs
  • Lots of other features as described in detail here: novaPDF Professional.

The best part about novaPDF is that you can use it for free before deciding to purchase a license. Wait no more, download novaPDF now to start printing to PDF.

Features listed below are a selection of the most important features novaPDF has. We strongly recommend downloading novaPDF to benefit from all the features that it offers: Download novaPDF.

Universal Printing

Using novaPDF you convert to PDF any type of printable document (i.e. DOC, XLS, PPT, PUB, DOCX, XLSX, PPTX, PUBX, HTML, TXT,...), accessing its functionality through a printer driver interface.


Works on both 32 and 64-bit Windows operating systems and doesn't require 3rd party programs such as GhostScript or runtime environments like .NET Framework.

PDF Security

You can secure your PDF documents by requiring others to enter a password in order to view, print or copy/paste content from the PDF.

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.

Multiple different print queues

You can add multiple virtual PDF printers all based on the same novaPDF print driver. You can even name the virtual PDF printers anything you want and that’s how they will show up in your list of “Devices and Printers”. The main advantage of having multiple PDF printers is that you will have a different print queue for each. This means that you can for instance have one of the printers shared as a PDF server while another locally and both could have their own printing queue and creating separate sets of PDFs.

Merge PDF Files

You can append or insert the content of the document being converted to an existing PDF file.

PDF Overlay

This allows adding the content of the document currently being printed via novaPDF as the background or foreground of an existing PDF file, with options to customize the position of that added content.

PDF Links Support

Any visible text that starts with "http://", "www", "mailto:", "ftp://" or "file://" in your original document can be converted to clickable active PDF links if you choose to do so.

Send PDF via Email

Can be configured to automatically email the generated PDF files.

Free Support

You are entitled to free customer support, even if you are using the unregistered version (registered users are answered first).

Add-ins for Microsoft® Office

novaPDF comes with add-ins for Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher, Visio) that allows one-click conversion to PDF.

PDF Bookmarks

novaPDF can detect the headings in the document to be printed and add bookmarks in the generated PDF files.

PDF Digital Signatures

If you have a digital signature you can sign your PDF documents thus certifying the authenticity and integrity of the PDF document for the recipient.

PDF Watermark

You can stamp an entire PDF (or individual pages from it) with an image or text that can have rotation, opacity, color variation or other effects.

PDF/A Compliance

Creates PDF files compliant with the PDF/A-1a and PDF/A-1b specifications thus can be used for long-term archiving of documents in PDF format.

Public Profiles

These profiles are created on the PDF server computer and are automatically propagated to all client computers.

Font Embedding

novaPDF supports TrueType, OpenType and Type1 fonts and allows you to embed the fonts (or only font subsets) to ensure portability.

Shared Network PDF Printer

novaPDF can be installed on one computer in a network environment (printer server) and used by any other computer in that network, without having to install it on each computer.

Auto-save PDF Files

When creating a PDF file you can have novaPDF prompt you each time where to save the PDF file, or you can define predefined auto-save settings.

High Quality PDF files

You can create searchable PDF files and maintain the original layout by embedding fonts and using different image resolutions.

These are few of the features novaPDF Professional offers, for a full list visit the detailed description page: novaPDF Professional.

Easy to Install

Installing novaPDF is very easy and it all happens with a single click. The rapid installation helps save time as you don't need to configure anything else, just start the installation and close the wizard when it's all done.

Improves Collaboration

Whether you need it for printing documents, online publishing, sharing via email or integrating with your document management system, PDF is recognized as the ideal portable document format. novaPDF gives everyone the ability to easily share PDF documents.

PDF/A Compliance

Creates PDF files compliant with the PDF/A-1a and PDF/A-1b specifications thus can be used for long-term archiving of documents in PDF format.


You will be able to open your PDFs across a wide range of hardware and software platforms, without affecting the quality of the generated document. The resulting PDF will maintain the layout of the original document. Furthermore, you can digitally sign the PDF files to certify that important documents don't get altered without authorization.

Easy to Use

You can use novaPDF to easily create standard PDF files from any Windows application. Either use novaPDF's Getting Started window to browse for a document and convert it, or click on "Print" from any application that supports printing to generate a PDF file.

Protect your Documents

Your business documents are often confidential thus any un-authorized access might result in a disaster for your company. With novaPDF you can restrict password-protect resulting PDF files thus restrict certain actions such as printing, modifying, extracting or copying content, form filling or annotating.

Easy Management

With novaPDF you can define different printing profiles. This way, when you want to create a PDF using the same settings you've used previously you just need to create a printing profile. You can have a profile that watermarks your documents, another one that digitally signs and emails them, basically any combination that you need for a particular situation.

Low Cost

Switching to PDF instead of regular paper for internal communications or reviewing purposes significantly reduces the cost. Furthermore, novaPDF allows you to sign and certify PDF documents without purchasing expensive products such as Adobe Acrobat thus reducing the cost of ownership.