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      pdfChip is a command-line application for the creation of high-quality PDF from HTML. It supports all HTML features, but extends to support CMYK, spot color, XMP metadata, PDF standards, SVG, MathML, barcodes and more. Capable of generating single and multi-page PDF documents it is ideally suited for high-volume dynamic PDF generation.




      • Support for all standard HTML5, CSS3 and JavaScript features
      • Support for HTML editors to develop HTML input for pdfChip
      • Highly optimized PDF generation to overcome inefficiencies of typical HTML output
      • Support for multiple PDF generation passes to add any number of static or dynamic underlays and overlays to the final PDF document
      • Proper definition of media, crop, trim and bleed box
      • Generation of CMYK, Lab and Gray color spaces
      • Generation of spot colors (named colors)
      • Inclusion of dynamic XMP metadata
      • Inclusion of necessary PDF/X or PDF/A standard tags
      • Control over PDF specific properties (overprint, line styles…)
      • Integrated bar code support


      High-speed and High-quality PDF Generation

      • Highly-optimized engine based on WebKit
      • Smallest output PDF size possible
      • Supports multi-processor environments for parallel generation of multiple PDF files
      • Generation of standards-compliant PDF files in PDF/X and PDF/A workflows

      Low Entry Level

      • No need to learn custom XML or XSL-FO based template syntax
      • Command-line integration for fast and seamless implementation of the technology in your projects
      • Easy installation through unzipping of installation archive; no dependencies on special software or hardware
      • Comprehensive user documentation and tutorial included, quick learning curve guaranteed

      Wide Feature Support

      • Full support for SVG, either inline in HTML or through referencing separate SVG files. SVG is converted losslessly into PDF code without rasterization
      • Smartphone-like user interface (the Switchboard) with low entrance level functionality neatly grouped by functionality
      • Support for MathML
      • Built-in support for barcode generation through custom HTML objects with support for CSS based styling

      Based on Established Technology

      pdfChip creates high-quality PDF from HTML, taking full advantage of styling with CSS3 and optionally augmented with JavaScript. A good understanding of up-to-date web technology is sufficient to get started with pdfChip. There is no need to learn custom XML or XSL-FO based languages; anything that works in HTML is immediately usable in pdfChip.

      Support for High-Quality PDF

      Standard HTML and CSS are limited with regards to color spaces, prepress related features like overprint, or advanced pagination. pdfChip extends the syntax of HTML 5, CSS3 and JavaScript to provide support for often needed professional publishing, print, document exchange and archival features. Some of the extensions to HTML5 and CSS3 are:

      • Advanced color space support (including support for CMYK, Lab, ICC-based color spaces and spot colors)
      • Lossless import of CMYK JPEG images, PDF pages and SVG
      • Generation of XMP metadata
      • Generation of standards-compliant PDF/X and PDF/A files

      Support for Advanced Pagination

      pdfChip provides custom JavaScript functions and objects for full control of the PDF output process. This includes extensive support of variable data type scenarios where a basic HTML template is modified at runtime using JavaScript, and pages are output for as many instances as necessary (for example based on data dynamically retrieved from a database). pdfChip can also output long documents (such as for example books). It includes a multi-pass option for advanced pagination, supporting page numbers, running headers and context dependent backgrounds or overlays.

      Barcodes and Other Advanced Content

      HTML already provides numerous possibilities to describe content and apply styling; pdfChip takes this one level higher and also supports advanced scenarios. SVG is fully supported, both inline in HTML files or as a referenced SVG image; conversion from SVG to PDF is carried out without any loss of quality. MathML is also fully supported, introducing high quality PDF representation of formulas of any complexity; this is especially important for text book or scientific publishing.

      pdfChip incorporates full-featured barcode functionality. Barcodes can be inserted through easy-to-define custom objects; pdfChip supports over 100 types of barcodes used throughout the world.

      Command-line Processing for Easy Integration

      pdfChip is a command-line application. Because it is easy to install (installation is basically extraction of the installation archive) and has a clear and easy-to-learn command line interface, it’s ideally suited for use on a web server to provide dynamic PDF creation. But it can just as easily be integrated in a custom application or be driven by automated solutions such as Laidback FileTrain or Enfocus Switch.

      Wide Applicability Across Different Markets

      With its extensive feature set and high-quality PDF output, pdfChip is ideally suited as the back-end PDF creation solution for many different applications, amongst others:

      • Imposition and content aggregation workflows
      • Composition workflows where templates and user contents have to be combined on the fly and where printable PDF documents have to be delivered
      • On-the-fly preparation of magazine, newspaper and book content or sales literature
      • Dynamic generation of one-off content such as tickets, stubs, order data, invoices … (for example in web-to-print environments)
      • Variable data printing where templates have to be filled with data coming from a data source (such as a database or CRM system)
      • Transactional printing workflows where transactional data needs to be combined with visually rich designs

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