The Produce & Publish solutions use external converters for converting the input documented into a defined output format. The converters differ in quality and price (open-source and commercial).
PrinceXML is the best of our supported converter backends.
PrinceXML generates excellent PDF quality from HTML/CSS. This is our real Web-To-Print solution. Features like
absolute positioning of blocks
images (CMYK, RGB)
fonts over HTTP
make PrinceXML the perfect Web-To-Print solution. Typical usecases are the production of books, high-quality PDF for flyers and posters.
Although PrinceXML is not a cheap solution, it is cheaper than comparable solutions like Adobe Indesign Server. As reseller we can give you discount on the PrinceXML license (contact us for conditions).
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XINC is a derivative of the Apache FOP projects. It introduces several improvements over FOP making it a flexible solution for producing high-quality PDF documents with text and images. XINC is not design to work as a Web-To-Print backend. The focus is on producing good-looking PDF documents where the majority of the content is text. XINC is based on Java.
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XFC is a high-quality converter for converting into RTF, ODT, OOXML or WML. XFC is the solution for producing editable documents from web content. XFC is based on Java.
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FOP is a XSL-FO-based solution for producing PDF. FOP is Open-Source and freely available. FOP is based on Java.
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Calibre is free Open-Source all-in-one solution for producing eBooks. It supports almost any known ebook format both for input and output – including dedicated support for various ebook readers. The Produce & Publish Server makes your eBook production as easy as generating a simple PDF document from your content. Calibre is based on Python.
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All converters at a glance
|Converter||Input format||Output formats||Technology||Usecase||Costs||Quality|
|Apache FOP||XSL-FO||Java||Text with tables and images||free||Poor - Good|
|XINC||XSL-FO||Java||Text with tables and images||600 USD||Good|
|XFC||XSL-FO|| RTF, ODT, |
|Java||Text with tables and images||600 USD||Good|
|PrinceXML||XML+HTML/CSS, SVG, XML||native binaries available||Web-to-Print, |
Text with tables and images
| 3800 USD |
(academic license: 1900 USD)
|Calibre|| HTML/CSS, |
almost all eBook formats
almost all eBook formats,
|Python||eBook production||free||Very high (eBooks)|