TCPDF Alternative for PHP

August 22nd, 2018 / by api2pdf /

Intro TCPDF is an open source library to convert HTML to PDF in PHP. There are some key advantages to this. No external dependencies — can generate basic PDFs straight from PHP code. Free This might be okay for some, but there are issues with TCPDF. With a pure PHP implementation, you run into serious […]

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Print header, footer, page numbers to PDF with wkhtmltopdf

August 21st, 2018 / by api2pdf /

Intro Adding a header, footer, and page numbers to your PDFs with wkhtmltopdf is rather straight forward. We provide a list of advanced options here. Wkhtmltopdf is a popular open source PDF rendering engine. The techniques described below will work for wkhtmltopdf as well as Api2Pdf. Api2Pdf is a web service that helps you convert […]

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Print header, footer, page numbers on PDF with Headless Chrome

August 21st, 2018 / by api2pdf /

Intro Surprisingly, if you are using Headless Chrome to generate PDFs, you may find that getting header html, footer html, and page numbers to appear is not completely obvious. There are two reasons for this: 1. You have set a flag to get the headers / footers to appear in the first place. If this […]

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Print page breaks with wkhtmltopdf or Headless Chrome

August 21st, 2018 / by api2pdf /

Intro It is quite common, when tasked with generating a PDF report, or PDF book of some kind that you are required to break up the PDF into separate pages, or items. Typically an item will span multiple pages, and you want the next item in the PDF to start on a brand new page, […]

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tinyMCE Save to PDF Plugin

August 15th, 2018 / by api2pdf /

Intro TinyMCE is a battle tested and widely used WYSIWYG html editor. In this post we will discuss how to use our open source plugin for saving the document to PDF. Example Code + Demo Feel free to check out our github page for detailed step by step documentation. HTML Code The above HTML code […]

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WKHTMLTOPDF vs Headless Chrome – PDF Size Comparison

August 6th, 2018 / by api2pdf /

Our mission at API2PDF is to help developers use AWS Lambda to generate PDFs from HTML as cheaply and quickly as possible.  Our two most popular rendering engines are WKHTMLTOPDF and Headless Chrome. Goal: Find out when it is cheaper to use WKHTMLTOPDF vs Headless Chrome. Testing Methodology In our analysis today we are going […]

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iTextSharp Alternative for Converting HTML to PDF in C# and Java

July 28th, 2018 / by api2pdf /

Ten years ago, there were very few options to converting HTML to PDF. At the time, we were talking about a handful of PDF rendering engines such as ABCPDF, TCPDF, and iTextSharp. iText reigned supreme over the .NET and Java world. It provided free, open-source DLLs that you could include in your application and it […]

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Free Bootstrap 4 Packing Slip HTML Template

July 28th, 2018 / by api2pdf /

Intro Software developers often have to deal with the real world in the form of shipping products. This is quite common with online shopping sites. Everyone is familiar with a packing slip that is included in the box they receive along with their delivery. As a developer, it is likely your responsibility to write code […]

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Export AnyChart graph to PDF with wkhtmltopdf

July 24th, 2018 / by api2pdf /

Intro We previously made a post on how to export a HighChart graph to PDF using the wkhtmltopdf endpoint. This time we are going to cover AnyChart, which is arguably better than HighCarts in many areas. In this post we are going to cover printing an AnyChart graph to PDF with wkhtmltopdf. Sample Code The […]

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Api2Pdf adds support for barcode and QR code generation with ZXING on AWS Lambda

July 22nd, 2018 / by api2pdf /

Many Api2Pdf customers generate PDFs for the purposes of generating packing slips, invoices, receipts, product labels, the list goes on and on. It only makes sense for us to make it even more convenient for you to generate barcodes and QR codes. Today, we are announcing the release of our ZXING (“Zebra Crossing”) API endpoint. […]

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