Web service to convert HTML + CSS to PDF

March 23rd, 2019 / by api2pdf /

Intro API2PDF is a web service for generating PDFs at massive scale. Our mission is to make the experience of generating PDFs for application developers not completely miserable. Our system is designed with extreme scalability in mind and is ready for enterprise use. We are built on a serverless architecture, AWS Lambda, which means we […]

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domPDF Alternative for PHP

March 23rd, 2019 / by api2pdf /

Intro domPDF is an HTML to PDF Converter. At its heart, dompdf is (mostly) a CSS 2.1 compliant HTML layout and rendering engine written in PHP. It is a style-driven renderer: it will download and read external stylesheets, inline style tags, and the style attributes of individual HTML elements. It also supports most presentational HTML attributes. […]

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Generate Barcodes and QR codes with Javascript and jQuery (ZXING)

March 20th, 2019 / by api2pdf /

One of the best ways to generate barcodes and QR codes is to use the open source library Zebra Crossing, aka ZXING. It’s available in multiple programming languages, but you can only reliably generate these codes on the server-side. If you are reading this blog post, it probably means you are hoping you can simply […]

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jsPDF Alternative for PDF Generation

March 14th, 2019 / by api2pdf /

jsPDF is a client side library for javascript that allows you generate PDFs. It is open source and convenient for quick and dirty PDF generation, but unfortunately it lacks some key functionality. Since it is not browser-based, building a PDF with jsPDF can be cumbersome. In most cases, all you are looking to do is […]

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Render Google Map to PDF with Headless Chrome

March 3rd, 2019 / by api2pdf /

If you are reading this article, you are likely having issue getting a Google Map to render properly when printing to PDF with Headless Chrome. The problem stems from Headless Chrome printing the page to PDF too fast — prior to Google Maps being able to display their map. Here at API2PDF, we are often […]

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IronPDF Alternative for PDF Generation in C# and .NET

February 19th, 2019 / by api2pdf /

IronPDF is a C# library for converting HTML to PDF, URLs to PDF, and images to PDFs. Additionally, it supports extracting data and images from existing PDF files. And finally, you can merge, split, and manipulate PDFs as well. It’s built exclusively for C# and .NET developers. IronPDF is similar to iTextSharp, another .NET PDF […]

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Generate PDF with Python Flask or Django

February 17th, 2019 / by api2pdf /

If you are building a web application in Python with either of the two most popular frameworks – Flask or Django, there’s a good chance you will need to support functionality for PDF generation. Convert HTML to PDF with Flask or Django To generate PDFs, we are going to use API2PDF. API2PDF is a REST […]

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[Solved] Error – Couldn’t connect to server localhost

February 12th, 2019 / by api2pdf /

Fixing the Issue localhost is your development machine. If you send a url to a PDF to API2PDF that is localhost, there is nothing API2PDF can do. Localhost is your own machine, and API2PDF lives in the cloud on AWS Lambda, so it has no access to your file. That is why when you send […]

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[Solved] Headless Chrome options ignoring landscape mode when printing to pdf

February 9th, 2019 / by api2pdf /

We ran into a tough debugging issue this morning when a customer wrote in saying that our .NET client library was not generating his PDFs in ‘landscape’ mode while using Headless Chrome. The customer provided all of their C# code and I went to work trying to figure out what’s going on. He was using […]

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Generate PDFs from Salesforce Apex

February 5th, 2019 / by api2pdf /

We released the full code and documentation on GitHub.  See full details on how to generate PDFs using Salesforce. Many developers moving to Salesforce are used to the power of .NET or Java and have their favorite way of generating PDFs from HTML.  Api2Pdf is a wrapper for wkhtmltopdf, Headless Chrome, and LibreOffice and proudly runs […]

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