DynamicPDF Generator for COM/ActiveX - Overview
DynamicPDF Generator for COM/ActiveX is third generation
highly efficient COM/ActiveX component used
for the generation of PDF documents based on dynamic data. PDF documents can be
generated to a file, byte array or directly to IIS's output stream. The component is
thread safe and designed to run efficiently in a high volume web environment as well
as client based applications. The object model is intuitive and easy to
learn, yet at the same time is very powerful.
Please note that the .NET Framework (2.0 or greater) is required for the current release of DynamicPDF Generator for COM/ActiveX as the .NET Framework is used internally. We have another product DynamicPDF Generator Classic which does not require the .NET Framework.
Generator 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 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 binaries can easily be deployed with
another application by following the instructions in our help documentation.
Generator for COM/ActiveX was designed with performance in mind. PDF documents are generated with a
single pass architecture allowing the output data to be sent to the stream as
the document is being created. This minimizes the amount of data stored in RAM
as the document is created and frees up resources as quickly as possible. The
architecture is similar to the way ASP renders controls and has proven to
be highly efficient.
The object model is also multithread safe. Multiple threads can generate PDF
documents at the same time. Page Elements, Fonts, Images and other resources
can be shared between threads without interfering with each other.
Generator for COM/ActiveX creates PDF documents from scratch and does not require the
resources of a printer driver. Everything needed to create PDF documents is
included in the component allowing the fastest possible execution.
True PDF Generation. DynamicPDF Generator for COM/ActiveX generated
PDF code from scratch. It is NOT a printer driver and does not require
the resources of such a driver. PDF documents are created dynamically in much
the same way that ASP creates HTML pages dynamically.
High Performance. Generator for COM/ActiveX is highly
efficient and multithread safe.
ASP/IIS Optimization. When using the DrawToWeb method, Generator for COM/ActiveX
generates the PDF directly to IIS's output stream. This results in superior
performance and avoids the need for costly temp files.
- Flexibility. DynamicPDF Generator can be used from any
language that supports COM objects. Generated PDF documents can be returned as
a byte array or saved directly to disk. This allows the component to be used
from ColdFusion as well as in Visual Basic, C++, and .NET applications.
Easy to Learn. Our simple object model reduces the learning curve
required to learn DynamicPDF Generator for COM/ActiveX. You will be
generating your own dynamic PDF documents in minutes.
Page Numbering. The current page number and total pages can be added to
any page in the document.
Built in Font Metrics. The font metrics for the core 14 PDF fonts are
compiled into DynamicPDF Generator making font metric
calculations highly efficient.
Text Continuation. The TextArea and FormattedTextArea objects can easily
continue overflow text to a new column or to multiple pages.
100% Compliant With PDF Standard. DynamicPDF Generator for COM/ActiveX is
100% compliant with Adobe's published PDF standard for PDF version 1.3 and greater.
Generated PDF documents are viewable from any viewer that complies with these
HTML Text Formatting. Basic HTML text formatting is supported by the
FormattedTextArea Page Element.
Bar Coding.18 bar code page elements are included.
OpenType Font Support. OpenType font embedding is supported.
Document Navigation Support. Bookmarks and outlines are supported.
URL Linking Support. URL links can be placed in generated documents.
PDF Encryption Support. DynamicPDF Generator for COM/ActiveX supports
40 and 128 bit encryption of generated PDF documents. Documents can be locked
with a password and access can be restricted with up to 8 user permissions.