DynamicPDF ReportWriter for COM/ActiveX - Overview
DynamicPDF ReportWriter for COM/ActiveX is an easy-to-use tool for
creating real-time PDF reports. It builds on our popular DynamicPDF
ReportWriter Classic component and adds many new features including a
GUI report designer. It integrates with DynamicPDF
Generator for COM/ActiveX and DynamicPDF Merger for COM/ActiveX allowing use of any of their
licensed features while creating reports.
DynamicPDF ReportWriter for COM/ActiveX uses a new XML
based file format with a .DPLX extension to represent the layout of a report.
These files can be created and edited using DynamicPDF Designer our new WYSIWYG design tool. Using DynamicPDF Designer, developers as well as
report designers can now quickly and visually layout PDF reports.
DynamicPDF Designer provides a look and feel that is similar to Visual Studio 2005
making it easy to pickup and use. DPLX report templates can quickly be created or edited and all 12
report elements can be dragged and dropped onto reports. The properties window can then be used to
fine tune any details of the report. Once a DPLX file is created it can easily be used with ReportWriter
to create real-time PDF reports.
DynamicPDF ReportWriter for COM/ActiveX offers a high degree of flexibility in the creation of PDF reports.
It integrates with DynamicPDF Generator for COM/ActiveX and DynamicPDF Merger for COM/ActiveX
allowing all of their features to be incorporated into output PDF documents. Using this integration it is
possible to perform tasks like those show below:
- Use an existing PDF as a cover page for a report.
- Insert a report in the middle of an existing PDF.
- Combine PDF form filling with a report.
- Output multiple reports as well as formatted pages to a report.
- Add barcodes, shapes, dynamic images or interactive form fields to reports.
- Password protect or encrypt reports.
- Create reports for prepress (PDF/X-1a or PDF/X-3).
These tasks and many more can be accomplished by using the event driven object model or
by running reports to an existing Document or MergeDocument object.
The introduction of DynamicPDF Designer and the DPLX file format make the use of
DynamicPDF ReportWriter for COM/ActiveX very straight forward and easy to understand. PDF
reports can be created from DPLX file with just three lines of code and when more complex
tasks are required, events or object from the DynamicPDF Generator for COM/ActiveX or
DynamicPDF Merger for COM/ActiveX can be incorporated with ease. For web applications, a DplxWebForm
base class is included which automatically reads a DPLX file and streams the resulting PDF
report directly to the browser with just one line of code.
DynamicPDF ReportWriter for COM/ActiveX builds PDF reports using the highly reliable and efficient
DynamicPDF Generator for COM/ActiveX. Report Elements are output to PDF using its object model and
numerous other performance DPLX files can be cached and shared in a multi-threaded environment.
DynamicPDF ReportWriter for COM/ActiveX has been designed to excel in high load environments where
high performance and reliability are key.
Flexible Licensing Model
ReportWriter for COM/ActiveX is available in two licensing models. Server based
licensing is intended for developers who wish to install our software on their
server or web server. It is licensed per production server and allows an
unlimited number of installations on development workstations and development servers. This
licensing model is ideal for those who wish to install our software on a
limited number of servers and allows us to offer a lower price to developers
who do not intend to distribute our software to a large number of servers or
Developer based licensing is intended for developers who wish to distribute our
software to a large number of clients. It allows one developer to develop an
unlimited number of client or server based applications that use our product
and distribute them royalty free. Our assemblies can easily be deployed with
another application using XCOPY or a setup program.