January 8, 2024

Changes in PDF Functionality with the Version 8.1.0 of EspoCRM

In the ever-evolving landscape of software development, updates and improvements are a constant, ensuring that users benefit from the latest features and optimizations. The recent release of version 8.1.0 brings a series of notable changes to the PDF functionality, addressing user needs and streamlining the experience. Among the key modifications are the introduction of the Markdown Text Helper and the shift away from the TCPDF engine.

Markdown Text Helper

One of the most exciting additions in the 8.1.0 update is the Markdown Text Helper. This feature opens up new possibilities for users seeking to enhance the visual appeal and structure of their PDF documents. By leveraging this helper, users can now effortlessly incorporate markdown text into their PDFs, using the syntax {{markdownText fieldname}}. This not only simplifies the process of creating visually appealing PDFs but also adds a layer of flexibility to document customization.

The Markdown Text Helper allows for the seamless integration of formatted text, providing users with the ability to create well-organized and visually appealing content without the need for intricate coding or design skills.

Discard TCPDF Engine

In a strategic move to enhance flexibility and cater to diverse user preferences, version 8.1.0 bids farewell to the TCPDF engine as the default PDF engine. However, the good news is that those who have grown accustomed to the TCPDF engine can continue using it by installing it as an extension. This shift allows users to maintain their preferred PDF engine while still benefiting from the latest updates and improvements in other aspects of the software.

If you want to read more about Dompdf which is current default PDF engine in EspoCRM, checkout our article: Dompdf in EspoCRM.


The 8.1.0 update brings forth significant improvements in the PDF functionality of the software, enhancing both document creation and engine flexibility. The introduction of the Markdown Text Helper makes document customization more accessible, enabling users to create visually appealing content effortlessly.

If you’re interested in procuring professional services to upgrade EspoCRM to version 8, simply complete the form below. Our expert team is ready to ensure a seamless and efficient transition for an enhanced CRM experience.

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