The version 9 license also includes a license for the version 8 The version 9 uses its own HTML printing engine (THTML) but the version 8 uses Mozilla Foundation's XULRunner 1.9.1 (Firefox 3.5 engine) as printing engine.
Any user who purchases the version 9 will get the version 8 as well and uses who purchased the version 8 can upgrade to the version 9 for free.
The following table shows the main differences between both versions.
Can print (optionally) table and page backgrounds colors and images
|Supports Scripting, Dynamic HTML and Flash||Yes||No|
|Supports Headers and Footers printing||Yes||Yes|
|Supports using different Headers/Footers for different pages||No||Yes|
|Supports including HTML code in Headers/Footers||No||Yes|
|Can generate images or metafiles instead printing||No||Yes|
|Can print online HTML documents||Yes||No|
|Can load online images||Yes||Yes|
|Can run without installation (copying folder)||No (unless MS C++ Redistributable is already installed)||Yes|
|Can print images (*.bmp; *.jpg; *.png, *.gif) and metafiles (*.wmf; *.emf)||No (prints inline images, but not images sent in the command line)||Yes|
|Runs on Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 2003, 2008, 2012 (32 and 64 bits)||Yes||Yes|
|Runs on Windows 2000||Yes||No|
|Can print HTML code passed in the command line||No||Yes|
|Command line parameters||Both versions support similar parameters, but the version 9 adds several new options..|
|Supports right-to-left languages like Hebrew and Arabic||Yes||No|
|Supports UTF-16 encoding||Yes||No|
|Supports UTF-8 encoding||Yes||Yes|
|Can print multiple files without using lists||No||Yes|
|Printing Engine specifications||Same than Firefox 3.5||Supports most of the HTML 3.2 specifications with many additional popular HTML 4 enhancements|
Gecko HTML engine supports more advanced HTML and CSS than THTML (besides other niceties), but still we decided to stop using it in the version 9.
Experience showed us that most of our customers work with normalized printing jobs (invoices, reports, etc.), and for most of them having flexibility in the footers/headers and being able to turn ON and OFF background and image printing were important features; unfortunately, using Gecko, those options are not available.
Of course, some people may prefer using Gecko instead THTML. Because that we offer two HTMLPrint versions for the price of one. In that way our customers can use whichever one is best for them.
Supported HTML Tags and Attributes
Cascading Style Sheet Support
The latest evaluation versions of both HTMLPrint 8 and 9 can be downloaded at: