How To Convert .EML Email Files Into .PDF Files?

.EML files are email files. They contain the email message and any file attachments that were included with the message.  If you find yourself with a batch of .eml files that you need to convert into .PDF files, EML Viewer Pro can help you.

Why would someone ever have .eml files? There are many situations where you may encounter them.  As a published open standard (RFC-822) .eml files are used by many different email clients, including Windows Mail, Outlook Express, Thunderbird, and others.  If you are involved in a court case, or received a FOIA request fulfillment from a government agency, you may have received the emails in .eml format. 

Converting .eml emails into common .pdf files sounds like it should be a very simple thing to do; and if you have the correct software, it is simple.  Many people encounter problems by attempting eml to pdf conversion using software that is not designed for that purpose.  For example, a free .pdf printer app might do a great job rendering the email message as a .pdf file, but may fail to convert file attachments.  Specialized needs, such as adding an email individually to an existing .pdf file, or embedding file attachments inside the pdf may not be supported. What if you need to convert thousands of .eml files to individual pdf files, and apply a specific naming structure to the files?  No free app that we’re aware of can support these complex operations.

EML Viewer Pro can!

Main screen of Eml Viewer Pro software, which can be used to convert .eml files into .pdf files.
Eml Viewer Software for MS Windows

Getting starting with .eml to .pdf file conversion

 

Download a free trial copy of Eml Viewer Pro software (also known as PstViewer Pro). The trial runs for 15 days. Although the registered version of the software can convert an unlimited number of emails to pdf in a single batch, while in trial mode it will only export up to 50 at a time.

When Eml Viewer Pro starts, use the folder navigation on the left side to select the folder where your .eml files reside.  Eml Viewer Pro will read in your .eml files and display them in a message list.

Image shows .eml files in an organized list in Eml Viewer Pro software for Windows.
.eml files in a list

To export a single .eml file to .pdf, follow these steps.

First, select the file(s) in the list that you want to convert to .pdf.
Next, from the Export drop down list, select the appropriate method for converting your .eml files from.

Finally, click the yellow “Export” button to start the operation.

A list of options for converting .eml files into .pdf files. Choose the correct option.
Select the eml to pdf export method

Eml Viewer Pro will go to work processing your eml files. You may be prompted to choose a destination folder.

Choosing the correct PDF export method.

As we mentioned earlier, any free pdf printer can suffice if you only wan to convert a single email into a single pdf file, especially if it does not contain file attachments.

EML Viewer Pro adds value by providing you with a wide of methods for converting .eml to .pdf.

Some of the possibilities include:

  • Exporting many email to a single pdf
  • Exporting many emails to multiple pdfs
  • Exporting an email into an existing pdf
  • Converting to pdf while extracting file attachments
  • Converting to pdf while embedding file attachments
  • Converting to pdf and attempting to convert file attachments into the pdf image
  • Applying a special name to the newly created .pdf files

Eml Viewer Pro accomplishes tasks through “Export Profiles.” These are sets of instructions that tells Eml Viewer Pro how it perform the task.  Export profiles appear from the drop down list. You can create brand new export profiles, or edit the ones that Eml Viewer Pro ships with.

Select the method for exporting eml emails into .pdf files.

Edit any export profile to customize

To edit an export profile, first select that profile from the list, and then click “Edit Profile.  This will open the profile editor. While we won’t go into great detail here, the profile editor allows you to customize many of the values and parameters to Eml Viewer Pro uses to accomplish its tasks.

The export profile editor, showing configurable settings for .eml-to-pdf export.
Edit the pdf export profile.

Download a free trial of EmlViewer Pro.

If you have any questions about exporting eml files into .pdf files, post them in the comments below, or email us at supportline at encryptomatic.com and we’ll be glad to help.

Email Encryption Made Easy With PDF Postman Add-in for Microsoft Outlook

Microsoft Outlook users who want send files and messages privately through email might find it very difficult to establish a secure path between themselves and the recipient.  This is especially true when communicating with people who may not have access to IT staff, such as individuals, small business owners,  and people who prefer mobile devices. The risks to email have been widely discussed, and regulations now require certain kinds of information, such as patient health information, to be protected while in transit.

Research has shown that one of the biggest reasons that people do not encrypt their email messages is that it’s difficult to implement and use. Encryptomatic LLC has responded to this challenge with PDF Postman, an add-in that brings practical mail encryption functionality to Microsoft Outlook in a way that does not place a significant burden on the recipient.

PDF Postman uses strong AES-256 bit encryption, which requires the sender and receive to simply agree on a password.  The email message and file attachments are placed in a PDF file before it is encrypted. Because the PDF specification has provided for AES encryption for many years now, most people on virtually any computing device already have access to a PDF reader capable of opening the encrypted files that PDF Postman creates.

PDF Postman Outlook email encryption toolbar.
Outlook toolbar buttons for encrypting email.

To send an encrypted PDF file, first  install PDF Postman on your Windows computer that has Outlook 2013/2010/2007 or 2003. When you send an email message, you’ll notice that PDF Postman has added some new functions to your toolbar:

PDF Encrypt Email is the function you’ll use most most often. It will cause your email to be converted into a PDF file, and any file attachments to be embedded within the PDF file. Embedded file attachments can be removed from the PDF later by the recipient, and can be edited just like a regular file. Just click “PDF Encrypt Email,” and the Send your Outlook email.

PDF Encrypt Files will encrypt only the file attachments. The message will remain unencrypted.

PDF Files will cause your file attachments to be converted into an unencrypted PDF file.

PDF Postman maintains a database of your passwords.  The first time you send a protected message to an email address, PDF Postman will check it’s database for a password. If none is found it will prompt you to enter a password, or to generate a new one using the strong password generator.  This password may be stored in the database and recalled the next time you send to this email address.  Stored passwords can easily be updated later.

Enter a password in PDF Postman.
PDF Postman Password Screen
By going to the Settings tab, you can configure how PDF Postman to works.  Several different languages are supported, including French, Russian, and soon German and Dutch. The standard template message can be customized.

PDF Postman settings menu.
PDF Postman Settings
PDF Postman costs $49.99 per user, with progressive discounts for higher quantities of licenses. The price includes one year of updates and support. It will work with all of  the email accounts you have setup in Microsoft Outlook. Download a free 15 day trial of PDF Postman. After the trial is complete, leave it installed; each month you can use it to send five free protected messages.