activePDF Server™ enables you to quickly and easily add PDF conversion functionality to your business applications- literally, anything that can be printed to a printer can be converted to PDF using activePDF Server. Whether the output comes from Crystal Reports, legacy Visual Basic applications, or Microsoft Office, generating PDF is as easy as calling the StartPrinting command. activePDF Server operates under Windows NT/2000/2003/XP.
Automated PDF Conversion
Using COM or .NET, you can easily configure the native application to script the activePDF Server component and select the dynamically created activePDF virtual printer. Don't worry if your application cannot select printers on the fly - simply call the SetPrinterAsDefault method and immediately start printing to PDF. By setting a few properties once, you can easily concatenate multiple jobs together, incorporate security features, or perform PDF linearization on a single document or an entire series of documents. Converting PostScript files or over 40 different image file formats to PDF is as easy as a single method call.
Licensed per server, activePDF Server is a cost-effective way to provide PDF output from any business application to your entire organization. Server's unique multithreaded feature allows users to process PDF conversions simultaneously without having to wait in a queue for their PDF output. Specifically engineered to handle high-volume PDF generation, activePDF Server is the only PDF conversion tool designed from the ground-up with server-side operation in mind. With tuning parameters for both single and multiprocessor machines, you can easily harness the power of large multi-CPU machines without paying a premium.
activePDF Server's COM interface is callable from any COM-enabled environment, including Visual Basic, Visual FoxPro, ASP, .NET, Delphi and more. Server includes a Configuration Manager module, allowing you to quickly and easily build customized PDF configurations that you can then call from within your application.
Seamless to End Users
Capable of redirecting print-to-PDF output from virtually any Windows based application, activePDF eliminates the need for end-user intervention in the PDF conversion process. Server-side conversion takes the guesswork out of generating customized PDF output - end users are no longer troubled with confusing PDF settings. Instead, with activePDF Server's properties and methods you take full control of your PDF output on a job-by-job basis.
Precise Control over PDF Output
With activePDF Server, you gain full control over your PDF output. Conversion options allow you to specify page size, compression and resolution options, embed text, create bookmarks, concatenate to existing files, and more! Plus, activePDF Server includes a PDFMark interpreter, allowing you to create feature-rich PDFs from any application capable of generating PDFMark.
Server supports 40 and 128-bit encryption, enabling you to fully secure your mission-critical documents. Security options include password-protection, allowing you to disable printing, prevent copying of text and graphics, and more. Additionally, Server's unique Fingerprint technology allows you to guarantee document integrity. Simply apply a digital fingerprint when the PDF is converted, and you can easily check at any point in your workflow to make sure the document's content is intact.
Also known as web optimization, linearization is the process of preparing a large PDF document for byte-serving over the web. Byte-serving allows an individual page to be loaded instantly while remaining pages are loaded silently in the background, instead of forcing the user to wait while the entire document streams to the browser before viewing its contents.