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Topic: which are the possibilties I have to begin ? ...
Conf: (P-PDF) Developers, Msg: 59897
From: SLG
Date: 5/29/2002 05:42 PM

Hello all,

I'm a complete beginner in terms of PDF, FDF and so on, and new to the group. I spend most of this afternoon reading stuff all over the net to clear my mind up on these notions. Finally, I'm getting eyes troubles !! So, It's time I expose my problem...

I'm working as a developper for a French company which sells intranet applications in the Information Systems and Management area, using the microsoft technologies (VB/ASP...).

I was asked to look for various components or libraries available ("for free" would be the best, but I figure out things don't work this way ...) to generate PDF and/or RTF/Word documents from within ASP/VB code:
The source data comes from a database, AND from variables from the code at the same time (like a session object for instance, would be great).
The best way would be : the developpers design a couple of needed Templates first, which are "filled" during the processing of an ASP page visited by the intranet user (each time the ASP page is executed, a COM object is called and generate the document with all type of data) each time he wants it.
The type of document generated is for instance an order bill, a contract, etc...: so, the components don't have to be "good" at drawing, including images or so on. They Just have to draw some tables and a rather easy way to be accessed (through its methods - API) from VB or VBScript.
The best would also be: rather quick generation. Am I right when I think that this could be if the solution not really generates the doc on the web server but only sends a pdf response to the client browser, and not just: pointing on the doc on the web server, after it was spooled by the ASP and "printed" (the PDF way) only after the ASP is processed ?

(...Tell me if I'm getting out of the subject !...)

So, today I've found one free library that could fit for PDF generation only.... but that was for Java !! The one (for MS's side) I guess is PDFLib, am I wrong ? But it's rather expensive, isn't ? Or am I totally unaware of the market today, poor little Puccelina that I am .... ?

Could anyone tell me (surely the basics for lots of you) which are the various possible solutions that could solve my "problem" ?

Thanks a lot for having read this all through...

Suliane Legendre, Software Dev.

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