When we exhibit at conferences and trade shows, we often receive a variety of different questions from attendees. DeveloperWeek 2017 was no exception. Curious what the top 3 questions we ran into were?
- PDF optimization
- HTML to PDF conversion
- Running a PDF processing tool on a web server
1. PDF optimization
PDF optimization is an interesting problem, and is one that I feel will keep on coming back at different trade shows – at least in the near feature. PDF optimization can mean many different things. Optimization questions we heard at DeveloperWeek 2017 revolved around reducing PDF file size and improving end user compatibility. Many of the attendees create PDF files that they then distribute to their end users. The files created often don’t have an optimal file size, and could benefit from extra optimization. If you are interested in the topic of PDF document optimization, check out our product page or read my other blogs here.
2. HTML to PDF conversion
HTML to PDF conversion is not a new problem. In fact, there are many free and paid solutions that will convert HTML to PDF. So, why did we get asked about it so frequently? We heard a lot of user complaints that the tools they use for HTML to PDF conversion are creating non-PDF compliant files, or in some cases, broken files. Fixing those depends heavily on what the problem is. For some files, the problem can be resolved by simply re-building them with one of the compliant PDF libraries on the market – the Adobe PDF Library will be a good fit here. Other files might require a more involved effort.
3. Running a PDF processing tool on a web server
Many attendees at DeveloperWeek 2017, at least in my impression, are running or starting a web service. As such, they were concerned if the tools they are looking at will run on a web server. The answer to this one is pretty simple – yes. Both the Adobe PDF Library and the PDF Java Toolkit will run on a web server and are available for some of the more common languages out there – .NET and Java.
Our teams are very familiar with answering these types of questions, and are always trying to find more ways to assist the PDF community. Along with writing Sample of the Week articles here on our blog, we are also actively participating in Stack Overflow and Code Project, so make sure to keep an eye out for us there!
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