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

* 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.