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by PDFTron Systems, Inc.

Platform(s): Win Mac Linux
License: Commercial

Application type: Server-side
Creation & Conversion


PDFTron’s PDF2SVG is an efficient, stand-alone command-line application that enables users to convert and publish PDF documents as SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics), the open-standard W3C recommendation for high-end graphics on the web.

PDF2SVG enables high-quality conversion from PDF to SVG that maintains the original layout of the document and preserves hyperlinks, colors and fonts. The resulting self-contained and compact SVG files can be distributed, viewed, edited, stored, printed, and published onto web sites and CD-ROMs. For quick and easy document navigation and viewing, PDF2SVG can be configured to create page thumbnails as well as an XML summary describing the document components such as metadata, bookmarks, annotations, etc. Using XSLT or any other XML processor, the user can quickly generate custom HTML and JavaScript ‘wrappers' that enable the user to browse multi-page documents in any web browser.

Like other PDFTron products, PDF2SVG does not rely on any other third-party software.

PDF2SVG is also available as a library component (PDF2SVG SDK) providing software developers with a powerful toolkit that can be used as a building block for other client and server-based applications. The core technology is available for C, C++, C#, Java, VB, and others.

Key Features of PDF2SVG:

  • High quality conversion from PDF (Portable Document Format) to SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics) that maintains the original document layout and preserves hyperlinks, colors and fonts:
    • Font support: Type1, TrueType, Type3 and Type0/CID Fonts
    • Color: ICC, DeviceN, Separation, RGB, CMYK, Indexed, etc.
    • Support for encrypted PDF documents (40 and 128 bit RC4, 128 bit AES).
    • Support for all kinds of patterns, functions, and compression schemes.
    • Support for all annotation types.
  • Compression and SVG optimization: Converted documents can be saved as SVGZ compressed files for fast web downloads.
  • PDF2SVG allows for generation of stand-alone SVG files (i.e. SVG files with embedded resources) as well as for SVG files with shared resources.
  • All text is converted to Unicode dramatically simplifying text manipulation, editing, and searching. PDF2SVG makes every attempt to map text to a Unicode public area, resulting in better repurposing and text-searching capabilities of converted documents.
  • Font embedding and font substitution option: The font embedding option allows for reliable and accurate font reproduction. The font substitution option produces smaller files but may not produce 100% accurate fonts on all systems.
  • Thumbnail generation.
  • Option to extract document-level information that has no counterpart in SVG (e.g. metadata, bookmarks, annotations, etc).
  • Batch conversion: Using PDF2SVG you can easily convert single files or whole PDF repositories.
  • Efficiency: PDF2SVG is based on PDFNet SDK, making it extremely fast and efficient. The conversion speed is suitable for interactive and dynamic applications.

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