PDF-creation and manipulation sdks comparison chart

PDF Creation/Manipulation SDKs

To the right is a VERY simple table listing the ‘Headline’ functionality in each SDK

This is not an exhaustive list - please see the help file available for each product for extended functionality listings.

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Acroform Field Data Extraction
Add / Edit / Re-Order Bookmarks Yes - Add Only
Add custom panes as subwindows for document viewing
Add New Pages to an Existing File
Add Watermarks / Images
Adobe Acroforms Creation Supported
Analyze URL Links
Annotations Support Programmatically - Core API SDK
Commenting / Mark-up Support Programmatically - Core API SDK
Compression / Optimization Options Zip, Jpeg, Jpeg2000, Run Length, LZW, JBIG2, CCIT GRP 3/4 Zip, Jpeg, Jpeg2000, Run Length, LZW, JBIG2, CCIT GRP 3/4 Zip, Jpeg, Jpeg2000, Run Length, LZW, JBIG2, CCIT GRP 3/4
Convert External Document / Image Formats to PDF Raster Image Formats, + EMP/WMF/AMF and .txt only via 3rd Party Application ‘ printing’ to PDF-XChange (e.g. .Doc/.Xls/ HTML, etc) Yes - Using Core API SDK or PDF-XChange Driver Methods
Create developer plugins for developer applications and plugins for any licensed end user version of PDF-XChange Editor
Create New PDF Page Placing Objects,Drawings, Images & Text, etc.
Crop Pages
Define PDF Open Properties in Adobe Reader / PDFX Viewer
Delete Pages from an Existing File
Development Tools Compatibility Any Supporting Compiling to Win 32/64 .NET/CSharp/ASP Clarion, etc. Any Supporting Compiling to Win 32/64 .NET/CSharp/ASP Clarion, Any Supporting Compiling to Win 32/64 .NET/CSharp/ASP Clarion, etc. Any Supporting Compiling to Win 32/64 .NET/CSharp/ASP Clarion, etc. Any Supporting Compiling to Win 32/64 .NET/CSharp/ASP Clarion, etc. Any Supporting Compiling to Win 32/64 .NET/CSharp/ASP Clarion, etc.
Digital Signature Support
Display PDF Rasterized image of PDF pages
Encryption / Security Support
End User UI Language Localized Driver API SDK
Export / Render Page / File to Raster Image Format Core API SDK
Extended developer access to full search capabilities and results
Extract / Export Text
Extract Image Content to Raster Image Format
JavaScript Supported?
Merge PDF Files
New Communications Library/Support SMTP/MAPI/PFT /HTTP (Post/Send) SMTP/MAPI (Post Forms Data) SMTP/MAPI SMTP/MAPI/PFT /HTTP (Post/Send)
Overlay PDF Pages e.g Stationery
PDF Specification Format Support 1.0 thru 1.7 (Adobe V8) 1.0 thru 1.7 (Adobe V8) 1.0 thru 1.7 (Adobe V8) 1.0 thru 1.7 (Adobe V8)
Print PDF to Paper
Re-Optimize Existing PDF Fonts & Destinations Yes, via Printing But Conent May Be Lost! Yes, Fonts & Destinations
Re-Order Pages
Rotate / Re-Scale Pages
Royalty Free? 50K, 100K, 250K, 1 Million Desktop Install Licenses available 25K, 50K, 100K, 250K, 1 Million Client Desktop Installs & Royalty Free License Available 100,000 Client Desktop Installs 25K, 50K, 100K, 250K, 1 Million Client Desktop Install Licenses available 100,000 Client Desktop Installs 100,000 Client Desktop Installs
RTL Language Support
Save PDF to Designated File / Path
Scan Directly to PDF (Twain & WIA)
Terminal Servier / Citrix Metaframe Compatible?
Windows Version Compatibility All 32/64 bit - XP & Later All 32/64 bit - XP & Later All 32/64 bit Windows All 32/64 bit - XP & Later All 32/64 bit Windows All 32/64 bit Windows

* CDLPs: Client Distribution Packs for the PDF-XChange Viewer SDKs

Example applications are available for many Developer Tools including Visual Studio®, C++/VB/VB.NET/Delphi/C# etc.