Converter options

Produce & Publish selects one of its supported external PDF converters to perform conversions from HTML/XML to PDF. Converter choice is made according to project specifications

Produce & Publish uses external converters to perform conversions from HTML/XML to PDF. The free/commercial PDF converters listed below are supported by Produce & Publish.  Where a high PDF quality - comparable to that of print publications - is required, we generally use PrinceXML or PDFreactor as the converter.  These converters are comparable in terms of quality and differ only slightly with regard to their features and capabilities.  The correct choice of converter depends on the specifications of the project at hand.

Converter Price Attributes

PrinceXML 8/9

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3800 USD
  • Very high PDF quality
  • PDF bookmarks
  • CSS3 Paged Media
  • Pictures (RGB), SVG
  • MathML
  • Truetype, Opentype fonts
  • Printer's marks
  • Tagged PDF (Section 508)
  • Unicode, BiDi
  • Raster Image Output

PDFreactor 6

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2250 EUR
  • Very high PDF quality
  • PDF encryption
  • PDF bookmarks
  • Barrier-free PDF (PDF/X)
  • CSS3 Paged Media
  • Picture (CMYK, RGB), SVG
  • Barcode, QR-Code
  • MathML
  • Truetype, Opentype fonts
  • PDF forms
  • PDF signatures, encryptions, restrictions
  • PDF overlay und merging
  • Printer's marks
  • Tagged PDF (Section 508)
  • PDF/A
  • Unicode, BiDi
  • Raster Image Output

PDFreactor is currently our preferred PDF converter solution for future projects.

PhantomJS

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free
  • Good PDF quality
  • Does not support all CSS Paged Media properties (e.g. no support for multi-column layout)
  • No support for PDF bookmarks, encryption etc.
  • Generally adequate for creating acceptable PDF documents from CMS content on-the-fly
  • Not suitable for complex, layout-oriented publications

The licence costs for PrinceXML und PDFreactor refer to a general server licence that is permitted to be installed on one server (limited to 4 CPU Cores in the case of PDFreactor).  We handle the procurement of licences from the respective manufacturers.

 

Testimonial

Wir are using Plone in our school e.g. for the generation of school reports and protocols of class conference and have been searching for reliable solution for generating forms and reports. The product SmartPrintNG (now "Produce & Publish") is very suitable for our purposes due its flexiable configuration options. Andreas Jung gave a hands-on-training and communicate the relevant know-how in order to work effectively with SmartPrintNG (even for non-technical people like teachers).

Alois Mayr
Albrecht-Ernst-Gynmasium, Oettingen in Bayern