Interesting Utility for PDF Generation
chipp at chipp.com
Fri Mar 5 20:35:19 CST 2004
I checked out the link. Very sparse site. I couldn't quite figure out what
his licensing model is. Is is like altBrowser.DLL, purchase it once and you
can use it in as many custom developed commercial applications as you want?
If not, then I imagine he'll have a tough time as a developer tool. If so,
then it sounds like he's found a great niche for us custom developers! In
fact, I could sure use a utility like this one for one of my projects now.
> A buddy of mine has created an interesting utility that might fill a
> need for some folks.
> Basically, for producing reports his utility takes an xml file that you
> generate (which follows his specs), passes it thru a command line
> utility and produces a PDF file. This utility doesn't need the
> 'pdflib' utility (which I understand costs a lot of money).
> Check it out at http://www.x2p.us
> Please note that he is hoping that this fills a niche and does expect
> that if you use it you will license it (i.e. purchase it) so his demo
> does include a "demo" watermark.
> He wrote this when he needed to produce PDF documents for one of his
> customers where they wanted to replace custom preprinted forms (i.e.
> expensive forms) and the language he uses (PROGRESS .. I work for em)
> did not directly do what he needed to do. The docs are for PROGRESS
> (and I think VB) but generating an XML file should be a piece of cake
> for Transcript programmers. Right now it works (as far as I know) on
> Windows and maybe Unix. I am bugging him on getting it running on OS X
> as that is what I am using.
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