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Topic: RE: How-to questions.
Conf: (P-PDF) Developers, Msg: 57416
From: Deleted User
Date: 5/29/2002 05:25 PM


Have a browse through DigiApp (, and Sanface
( also check out PDFStore (
for prebuilt solutions.

If you are in for a challenge you could build a complete system around
PDFLib(by Thomas Merz), which allows you to generate PDF files without the
need to know a heck of a lot about PDF structures etc.

Also Is a command line tool to convert
TIFF to PDF's.
And Ghostscript which can convert Postscript files to PDF
And last but not least HTML 2 PDF -

If you can create a Postscript file (PS) from your App, then you are half
way there, as most of the apps listed above will convert that PS file to PDF
for you.

one more URL - Adobe Developers Assoc. -

I think I overdosed on URL's :) ...

ps. I got all of these URL's from one of the Planet PDF Newsletters :) -
That made life easy.
> 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)

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