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    ASP to PDF

    Which component do you suggest?
    I need to convert some invoices from HTML to PDF.. or if possible creating the PDF right from code without showing the HTML...
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    http://www.aspin.com/func/search?tre...n&qry=pdf&cat=

    Questions like this can only be best answered with links.
    Methinks Google.com will help aswell.

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    I would have said then:

    Which component you have worked with can you recommend?

    I can also Google it and get 2'345,768 entries...

    Just trying to save some time and gain some experience from other programmers...

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    I've used PDFLib (www.pdflib.com), a commercial ASP component that'll generate PDF's on the fly. It's not that cheap (I think about £600 per server license but I might be wrong) but it works well enough. I found it quite a learning curve - the manual is extensive, and you quickly realise the complexity of managing colours, fonts, resolutions, bleed and all the other features of print-quality PDF.

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    Thanks Spudhead, I have checked your suggestion and as you mention is a bit pricey...it is full of features though...
    I have been recommended by a friend the following component: http://www.edcomponents.com
    It is only $75 and I was playing with the trial version last night.
    It seems to be what I need.
    I will use it to create an invoice on the fly, so I really don´t need all the nice features related to image handling, etc.

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    If you have the opportunity to use .NET, check out this open source project: http://sourceforge.net/projects/pdflibrary/ (sourceforge.net)

    It works really well. Reviewing the code will also help gain a better understanding of how exactly PDFs are generated...

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    Thanks khillabolt,
    I do not know .Net yet it is something I have to start thinking to move to...
    I have found plenty of pdf resources for .NET, so the move has to come soon...

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    I'm with you guys there. I have already programmed windows applications using .NET, and it is fairly easy (and fun!).

    The hard part comes with hacking the bad client-side code that .NET generates when it comes to web apps - and making it compliant (and able to work cross-browser).



    I will have some solutions in that regard in the not-too-distant future hopefully though, using C# (IMHO the cleanest "Microsoft" language - which isn't surprising since it's basically an attempt to copy Java).
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    If you can teach yourself how to learn, you can learn anything. ;)


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