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What is AspPFD Hosting?

AspPDF is a popular component of Microsoft’s ActiveX software framework. Developed by Persits Software. It was developed to allow dynamic creation, reading and modifying of Portable Document Format (PDF or .pdf) documents for Active Server Pages (ASP) and .NET applications.

Since the ActiveX framework was created by Microsoft almost two decades ago, it is generally implemented on Microsoft platforms. ASP is a Microsoft product which uses ActiveX objects, and a scripting engine for the development of dynamic Web pages.

When users of these systems want to create documents that can function independently of hardware, software, and an OS, they use AspPDF.

PDF as an industry standard

PDF documents are unique in their presentation. Unlike Microsoft Word (.doc) or even plain text (.txt) documents, PDF files contain a complete description for the layout, text size and font, graphics, and other display information.

This means it will look the same no matter who opens it or where they open it. All that's required is a free reader software, such as Adobe Acrobat Reader. PDF files look the same, regardless of operating system or type of device used to access them – and should you choose to print them – you get what you see on the screen, no hassle.

Further, altering a PDF is much more difficult than editing other document types, which makes the format ideal for secure and official documents. In some cases, copying or printing the text of a PDF can also be inhibited.

AspPDF features and capabilities

AspPDF can be used to create, read and modify PDF files. AspPDF uses an intuitive object model and supports multiple languages.

It can also be used to produce encrypted documents and digitally signed documents. AspPDF can also use automated fill-out forms, ideal financial reports and invoices. The component can also embed images, extract pages, draw barcodes and convert HTML pages to PDF.

    Here is a brief summary of AspPDF editing features:
  • Support for external TrueType and OpenType fonts
  • Optimised font embedding
  • Support for subset of HTML tags for formatted text rendering
  • Text alignment, word wrapping, full justification
  • Support for JPG, GIF, PNG, BMP and TIFF image formats
  • Document stitching
  • Support for Adobe XFA forms
  • Support for interactive features, tabular representation, interactive forms
  • Support for automatic printing
  • Once you are done editing your PDF, you can save it to the disk, memory or an HTTP stream, encrypted with 40-bit and 128-bit keys, digitally signed using X.509 certificate based signage or automatically stamped.

    AspPDF server side requirements

    Since AspPDF is based on Microsoft technologies, most Windows hosting plans on the market support the use of AspPDF.

    The basic requirements include a server running Windows 2000, XP, 2003, Vista, 2008, 7, 2012, or Windows 8. Of course, Internet Information Services (IIS) with ASP/ASP.NET is supported as well, along with any environment capable of supporting Component Object Model (COM) technologies.

    If you already have access to a server that ticks all the right boxes, you can download and install AspPDF on your own. The component consists of a single file – asppdf.dll – and needs to be registered on your system using the regsrv32 command line utility.

    Persits Software also provides an executable installer (asppdf.exe) that installs and registers the .dll file, complete with documentation and code samples. The installer also creates the necessary virtual directories on your IIS.

    Several NTFS permissions need to be adjusted in case you run into difficulties, but fortunately full instructions are provided by Persits.

    AspPDF licensing and pricing

    AspPDF is a commercial component designed for enterprise users, which means it does not come cheap. A single server license costs $299, while a 5-server license is priced at $699.

    A site license that can be installed on a number of production servers and developer boxes in a single location costs $1,299, while an enterprise license that can be used on an unlimited number of servers and developers boxes regardless of location costs $1,699.

    There is another option. Persits also allows the bundled distribution of the AspPDF component under a bundling license, which means you could get it at a fraction of the cost provided you shop around.

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