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Topic: How-to questions.
Conf: (P-PDF) Developers, Msg: 54084
From: Ray Daugherty
Date: 5/29/2002 05:03 PM

I am new to PDF development and trying to figure out the best way to implement printing in our web application.

Currently, our web server application communicates with one of our Windows applications and uses Lead tools to take a screen capture and convert it to a GIF file. The GIF file is then sent to the browser in an HTML page for viewing.

Ideally, I would like to create a PDF file instead of a GIF file. So here are my questions...

1) Can the PDF file can be created directly (using a tool other than Lead Tools Snapshot, which doesn't support PDF files)?
2) If not, how much quality will I lose converting the
GIF file to a PDF file? The images are typically of scaled floor plan drawings.
3) What tool should I use for #1 or #2.
4) What can I use to print the PDF files in a browser? I know Adobe has an ActiveX control, but it doesn't appear to be documented (and Netscape users would require a plug-in to use it)

Any answers to the above are greatly appreciated.

Ray Daugherty
Aperture Technologies, Inc.

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