It's no secret that PDF files have revolutionized the Internet and file sharing
across the board. Often times our clients need to create their own PDF documents
on the fly utilizing data from the Website database be it for marketing, display,
quoting, general reporting, etc...
We have implemented automated PDF file generation on many of our client Websites
for the following purposes:
Distribution of Inventory Lists such as for real estate
For clients in need of automated PDF generation for their Website we use a special
component named ABCPDF.NET from WebSuperGoo
to provide these features.
Data Forms Requiring Physical Signature
General Accounting Reports for Internal Use
Snap Shots of Web Pages
If you need to have your database reports exported to PDF files or you need the
dynamic creation of simple PDF documents for things such as quote sheets then the
ABCPDF.NET component from WebSuperGoo can do this with ease.
Some Things to Consider
1. You will need your own dedicated system to use this component. It is possible
that a shared hosting company will install it on one of their shared systems for
you but highly unlikely. We have it installed on our Client Only Hosting systems,
which are heavily restricted systems for our clients only, that only we have access
2. While handy - the generation of complex PDF files can also be tedious depending
on various factors ranging from the amount of data per file to the complexity of
layout. There are cases where PDF generation is very simple to do and there are
other cases where it may take a few hours.