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The OyezForms NovaPDF Engine

OyezForms ships with the NovaPDF engine.

Users can produce high-quality flattened PDF files of forms they are working on. Additionally, this allows external programs to instruct OyezForms to produce PDFs.

History of Nova implementation

OyezForms version

Nova installation files supplied

OyezForms Nova version compatibility

12.00G+

Nova 8

7 or 8

10.02L+

Nova 7

5 or 7

9.01S+

Nova 5

5 only

Nova versions and features

Nova version

msi for roll-out?

PDF/a option?

Registered in Programs & features

Printer Driver (note spaces)

8

Y

Y

OyezForms (Softland)
NovaPDF 8 SDK COM
NovaPDF 8 Printer Driver

Oyez Legal Forms PDF

7

Y

OyezLegalForms PDF (NovaPDF 7.7 )

OyezLegalForms PDF

5

OyezLegalForms PDF (NovaPDF 5 )

OyezForms PDF

Nova 8 installation files

The following msi installation files are supplied with OyezForms 12.00G+ in the application folder.

Install order

64-bit installation

32-bit installation

1

novaPDF8PrinterDriver(x64).msi

novaPDF8PrinterDriver(x86).msi

2

novaPDF8COM(x64).msi

novaPDF8COM(x86).msi

3

novaPDF8SDK(x64).msi

novaPDF8SDK(x86).msi

Manual installation of Nova8

Within OyezForms, select OPTIONS>EXPORT, and click on the "Install the OyezForms Printer" button. OyezForms will run the install files in sequence. You may be prompted to elevate privileges where necessary.

NB: If the 'Install the OyezForms Printer" button is not enabled, you will already have Nova7 installed. Nova7 is compatible with OyezForms 12.02G+.

Rolling-out Nova 8

When rolling out via Active Directory etc, you must install the msi files in the sequence outlined above. Failure to do so will result in non-functionality.

Successful installation will result in the OPTION>EXPORT "Install the OyezForms Printer" button being disabled.

Registry settings

Key: HKCU\Software\Oyez\Oyez Legal Forms\Export
String value: EnableNovaProfiles Determines whether user is presented with option to select from available Nova Printer profiles when manually exporting to PDF.
0 disables, 1 enables.
Also controlled via OPTIONS>EXPORT: 'enable profile select dialogue'

Nova 7 and 5

Installation

Earlier versions of nova are not supplied as msi files and cannot be rolled-out via Active Directory.

Installation of the NovaPDF engine is by novapk.exe (in application folder), and is triggered during:

  • Standalone setup.exe installs
  • Manual user attachments to networked copies of OyezForms (i.e. when <app folder>\setup\setup.exe is run)
  • When a user clicks 'Install OyezForms PDF printer' under TOOLS>OPTIONS>EXPORT

The install is a separate process and will produce a separate UAC challenge.

Installation of the NovaPDF engine is not triggered during:

Options on large networks

If you are rolling out OyezForms to large numbers of locked-down users you may wish to consider Sharing the NovaPDF printer driver over a network (v10.00e+)

Windows Server Administrators familiar with print management can roll-out connections to a shared novaPDF driver:

  1. Find novapk.exe in the OyezForms application folder. This is the nova printer driver installer
  2. During install to Edit Printer Name, Custom Printer name must be named 'OyezLegalForms PDF' (case-specific, include space, do not include quotes). OyezForms will link to this printer name only.
  3. The Application Name must be OyezForms and Company Name must be OyezStraker Group
  4. Use the <app folder>\setup\rollout.msi file to roll-out user attachments. This does not trigger a local install of the novaPDF engine.
  5. Roll-out the following registry keys to attached users. This is not the same as selecting TOOLS>OPTIONS>EXPORT 'Use the following PDF printer', which will result in NovaPDF operating in unlicensed mode.
Key: HKCU\Software\Oyez\Oyez Legal Forms\Export
String value: DefaultNovaPrinterName \\<server name>\OyezLegalForms PDF  (case-specific, include space)
this is the uniform naming convention path of the shared NovaPDF printer driver
String value: AltPrinterEnabled Must be set to 1

If the roll-out succeeds, the above path to the printer driver will be visible under TOOLS>OPTIONS>EXPORT 'Use the default OyezLegalForms PDF driver ...' section.

  • When using the networked printer via COM automation of OyezForms, remember that the NovaPDF print service must have access rights to the path the pdf file will be created in.