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Managed PDF Conversion API

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Question : Is there any 100% managed-code API component on the market that
allows DOC/HTML -> PDF conversions similar to the activePDF wrapper
(http://www.activepdf.com) ? I would like to stress the word "conversions"
of existing Word document or HTML files. Can somebody share any experience ?

I would really appreciate

Regards

Radek
Nov 18 '05 #1
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probably not unless the html is very simple. while you could find a managed
pdf writer, finding a robust managed html parser with a plugable rendering
engine is not likly. that is a rather huge project with a limited market.

note: activePDF uses IE to parse the html, then uses the IE print engine to
render the pdf (they supply a pdf print driver). a very clever solution.

-- bruce (sqlwork.com)

"RadekP" <ra***@aldec.com> wrote in message
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Question : Is there any 100% managed-code API component on the market that
allows DOC/HTML -> PDF conversions similar to the activePDF wrapper
(http://www.activepdf.com) ? I would like to stress the word "conversions"
of existing Word document or HTML files. Can somebody share any experience ?
I would really appreciate

Regards

Radek

Nov 18 '05 #2

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Hi!

You could use tools like PDF995 that install them as printers. Next, you
could automate Word, open the DOC/HTML within it and send it for printing to
PDF995 printer which shall produce the PDF for you.

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Kumar Gaurav Khanna
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"RadekP" <ra***@aldec.com> wrote in message
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Question : Is there any 100% managed-code API component on the market that
allows DOC/HTML -> PDF conversions similar to the activePDF wrapper
(http://www.activepdf.com) ? I would like to stress the word "conversions"
of existing Word document or HTML files. Can somebody share any experience ?
I would really appreciate

Regards

Radek

Nov 18 '05 #3

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RadekP wrote:
Question : Is there any 100% managed-code API component on the market that
allows DOC/HTML -> PDF conversions similar to the activePDF wrapper
(http://www.activepdf.com) ? I would like to stress the word "conversions"
of existing Word document or HTML files. Can somebody share any experience ?

I would really appreciate

Wouldn't xml and xslt do the trick for the html?

Nov 18 '05 #4

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You mean - transform (X)HTML with XSLT into something that is PDF creatable
? Sounds like a chalange. I do not believe this has been done before ...

Radek

"Adie" <ar*******@h-o-t-m-a-i-l.com> wrote in message
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RadekP wrote:
Question : Is there any 100% managed-code API component on the market thatallows DOC/HTML -> PDF conversions similar to the activePDF wrapper
(http://www.activepdf.com) ? I would like to stress the word "conversions"of existing Word document or HTML files. Can somebody share any experience ?
I would really appreciate

Wouldn't xml and xslt do the trick for the html?

Nov 18 '05 #5

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RadekP wrote:
"Adie" <ar*******@h-o-t-m-a-i-l.com> wrote in message

Wouldn't xml and xslt do the trick for the html?


You mean - transform (X)HTML with XSLT into something that is PDF creatable
? Sounds like a chalange. I do not believe this has been done before ...


Pretty sure it has, a college buddy says he did it for his final year
project. Never saw it perform though.

He used Java.

I'll ask him about it in more detail and update the thread when I hear
more.
Nov 18 '05 #6

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Thanks Kumar for pointing out very interesting tool. I already do all of
that with activePDF but although richer in customization, activePDF is a bit
bulky and slow - its unmanaged API creates new virtual printer for each
conversion which takes unnecessary resources that tend to not even be freed
up in high volume conversions. What's particularly appealing and as I
checked fast is the PDF995's solution to convert files inside monitored
folder on-the-fly (http://www.omniformat.com/). This might lead into huge
performance cut without involving Word's or IE's printing APIs. Web
application could simply copy a file (in almost any format, including DOC,
HTML) into dedicated folder awaiting its conversion. Hmm.. I will see how
that works in practice....

Thanks again

Radek

"Gaurav Khanna [C# MVP]" <ga****@wintoolzone.com> wrote in message
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Hi!

You could use tools like PDF995 that install them as printers. Next, you
could automate Word, open the DOC/HTML within it and send it for printing to PDF995 printer which shall produce the PDF for you.

--
Regards,
Kumar Gaurav Khanna
-----------------------------------------------------------------
Microsoft MVP - C#/.NET, MCSE Windows 2000/NT4, MCP+I
WinToolZone - Spelunking Microsoft Technologies
http://www.wintoolzone.com/
OpSupport - Spelunking Rotor
http://opsupport.sscli.net/
Bangalore .NET Users' Group
http://groups.msn.com/bdotnet/
"RadekP" <ra***@aldec.com> wrote in message
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Question : Is there any 100% managed-code API component on the market that allows DOC/HTML -> PDF conversions similar to the activePDF wrapper
(http://www.activepdf.com) ? I would like to stress the word "conversions" of existing Word document or HTML files. Can somebody share any
experience ?

I would really appreciate

Regards

Radek


Nov 18 '05 #7

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Thanks Bruce. That's what I though. Would be nice to have simple and fast
managed-code API "even" utilizing print drivers for conversions. I guess
that's still a software gap-hole to fulfill...

Regards

Radek
"bruce barker" <no***********@safeco.com> wrote in message
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probably not unless the html is very simple. while you could find a managed pdf writer, finding a robust managed html parser with a plugable rendering
engine is not likly. that is a rather huge project with a limited market.

note: activePDF uses IE to parse the html, then uses the IE print engine to render the pdf (they supply a pdf print driver). a very clever solution.

-- bruce (sqlwork.com)

"RadekP" <ra***@aldec.com> wrote in message
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Question : Is there any 100% managed-code API component on the market that allows DOC/HTML -> PDF conversions similar to the activePDF wrapper
(http://www.activepdf.com) ? I would like to stress the word "conversions" of existing Word document or HTML files. Can somebody share any
experience ?

I would really appreciate

Regards

Radek


Nov 18 '05 #8

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Interesting. I would appreciate your feedback on that ..

Thanks Adie

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RadekP wrote:
"Adie" <ar*******@h-o-t-m-a-i-l.com> wrote in message

Wouldn't xml and xslt do the trick for the html?


You mean - transform (X)HTML with XSLT into something that is PDF creatable? Sounds like a chalange. I do not believe this has been done before ...


Pretty sure it has, a college buddy says he did it for his final year
project. Never saw it perform though.

He used Java.

I'll ask him about it in more detail and update the thread when I hear
more.

Nov 18 '05 #9

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have you looked at nFop ?

"RadekP" <ra***@aldec.com> wrote in message
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Interesting. I would appreciate your feedback on that ..

Thanks Adie

"Adie" <ar*******@h-o-t-m-a-i-l.com> wrote in message
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RadekP wrote:
"Adie" <ar*******@h-o-t-m-a-i-l.com> wrote in message
>
> Wouldn't xml and xslt do the trick for the html?

You mean - transform (X)HTML with XSLT into something that is PDF creatable? Sounds like a chalange. I do not believe this has been done before
....
Pretty sure it has, a college buddy says he did it for his final year
project. Never saw it perform though.

He used Java.

I'll ask him about it in more detail and update the thread when I hear
more.


Nov 18 '05 #10

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The Apache Group has done this!! I forgot their website though since I last
read about it. They used XSLT to generate PDF.

ElreyRonald

"Adie" <ar*******@h-o-t-m-a-i-l.com> wrote in message
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RadekP wrote:
"Adie" <ar*******@h-o-t-m-a-i-l.com> wrote in message

Wouldn't xml and xslt do the trick for the html?


You mean - transform (X)HTML with XSLT into something that is PDF creatable? Sounds like a chalange. I do not believe this has been done before ...


Pretty sure it has, a college buddy says he did it for his final year
project. Never saw it perform though.

He used Java.

I'll ask him about it in more detail and update the thread when I hear
more.

Nov 18 '05 #11

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Thanks Ronald

We will try to dig into that ..

Radek
"luvdotnet" <lu*******@hotmail.com> wrote in message
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The Apache Group has done this!! I forgot their website though since I last read about it. They used XSLT to generate PDF.

ElreyRonald

"Adie" <ar*******@h-o-t-m-a-i-l.com> wrote in message
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RadekP wrote:
"Adie" <ar*******@h-o-t-m-a-i-l.com> wrote in message
>
> Wouldn't xml and xslt do the trick for the html?

You mean - transform (X)HTML with XSLT into something that is PDF creatable? Sounds like a chalange. I do not believe this has been done before
....
Pretty sure it has, a college buddy says he did it for his final year
project. Never saw it perform though.

He used Java.

I'll ask him about it in more detail and update the thread when I hear
more.


Nov 18 '05 #12

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>> its [activePDF's] unmanaged API creates new virtual printer for
each
conversion which takes unnecessary resources that tend to not even be freed
up in high volume conversions.


The activePDF API does not create a virtual printer in each
instance...a pool is maintained to prevent that from happening...if
all the printers in the pool are in use, then of course, it needs to
create one. But once the virtual printer is created it is re-used.
What's particularly appealing and as I

checked fast is the PDF995's solution to convert files inside monitored
folder on-the-fly (http://www.omniformat.com/). This might lead into huge
performance cut without involving Word's or IE's printing APIs.


FYI - PDF995 uses an OLD version of Ghostscript and their product
requires Word and prints to the PDF995 printer driver.

http://www.omniformat.com/faq.html
Tim
Nov 18 '05 #13

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