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Topic: Re: PDF Creation on a Web Server (HELP)
Conf: (P-PDF) Developers, Msg: 57956
From: LeonardR
Date: 5/29/2002 05:29 PM

At 03:27 PM 7/30/2001 -0400, p-pdf-developer Listmanager wrote:
>We have been searching and experimenting to find a complete solution for
>our companies web site. Our site allows our clients to log on and look
>through their commonly ordeered printed materials. When ordering they are
>presented with an HTML template and Form to fill. On the next page we
>create a very accurate(including EOT fonts) HTML preview for them to order
>or make changes to (go back).

I am not familiar with EOT fonts, but otherwise that sounds pretty
common and reasonable.

>These items include text inserted mid-paragraph into columns, headlines,
>dates, and border, map, & logo images.

OK. What format is the information
in? PDF? EPS? Word? Quark? XML?

>As accurate as these pages are they are not good enough for print.

Because? Are we talking RGB vs. CMYK? Crop & Bleed? What?

>PDF forms would almost work except for the font-family limitations.

That limitation is no longer present with Acrobat 5 OR with the
use of 3rd party products such as FDFMerge (

>Writing our own ASP to parse a PDF template file is out of our scope due
>to text-flow problems. Our search for ASP packages and COM has lead to
>little help.

So why not look at other solutions such as command line tools,
C/C++ libraries, etc?

>Is there something out there that wont cost us an arm and a leg?

Now your introducing another consideration. Do you want something
that works (regardless of price), or live without a solution because you
aren't willing to pay for it?!?

> Is there a part of Adobes SDK that addresses these objectives?

You can't use most of the Adobe tools on a server anyway, so
that's not an option unless you want to license the PDFLibrary (a C/C++

> Does someone have a success story?

Sure, lots of them - but without knowing more about your situation
(needs, requirements, etc.) I don't know what I can offer you.

>QuarkAPS looks promising but isn't out yet.

And it doesn't do PDF.

Leonard Rosenthol
Director of Software Development (215) 922-3509 (voice)
Appligent, Inc. (formerly Digital Applications) (610) 284-4233 (fax)

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