I need a software, that emulates a printer, converts the printed documents to PDF/TIFF and send it via eMail to a specified address (for windows).

The virtual printer / PDF conversion is possible with a lot of PDF-converters. But I need a software, which is also able to directly mail me these PDFs. It's always the same mailaddress, and I have an SMTP server.

Any suggestions?

3 Answers 3


Commercial solutions

At least a couple commercial solutions:

Black Ice's offering looks better - can even be configured to just send directly via SMTP, without using a local email client.

Low-tech, DIY

Print to PDF using any of the converters mentioned to a specially named folder (eg print-to-mail). Then use a cron job (Linux/Mac) or Windows Task Scheduler to periodically scan `print-to-email, email it, and delete from the directory.

  • I'm sure there is a better / more elegant way to do this.
    – aebersold
    Commented May 9, 2012 at 14:08
  • Added notes on a few commerical solutions that do exactly this.
    – ckhan
    Commented May 11, 2012 at 4:47
  • Instead of a cron job, you could just use a shell script that converts to PDF and emails it immediately afterwards (and deleting the file when finished). In Windows, you could include this script as a target for the Send To context menu. Linux doesn't have such a context menu by default, but it can be set up with one. Though the idea of a folder where you can drop files directly into an email account is interesting. I'd use inotify to monitor the directory for a file to be dropped into it. This way the file gets sent the instant a file is put in that folder. Commented May 11, 2012 at 5:55
  • print2mail ist not perfect, but it does the job.
    – aebersold
    Commented Sep 19, 2012 at 13:31

There was a software called YAFPC (Yet Another Free PDF Composser) that did exactly what you are asking.

It's website is dead but you may find it on some mirror/archive.


Commercial solution: I think the most advanced one I've seen is Print&Share ( http://www.printandshare.info ).

This one is worth every penny.

  • Please read How do I recommend software for some tips as to how you should go about recommending software. You should provide at least a link, some additional information about the software itself, and how it can be used to solve the problem in the question.
    – DavidPostill
    Commented Jul 8, 2016 at 11:19

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .