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I am trying to find a Delphi component that is able to do three very basic primitives: search a string, display a given page highlighting.
If the Delphi component is also able to report text and font information of the different paragraphs, that could be also an interesting plus.
One requirement is that it is royaltee free and with source code because we maybe end up using it in a freeware application.
Anybody can make any recommendation on this?
Monday, August 01, 2005
Not quite sure what you're asking, but there are a few main pdf components for Delphi:
Gnostice EDocEngine, http://www.gnostice.com
WPCubed's wPDF: http://www.wpcubed.com
PowerPDF (open source): http://www.est.hi-ho.ne.jp/takeshi_kanno/powerpdf/
There may also be another open source one on sourceforge. And of course you could use an ActiveX pdf component.
I think EDocEngine and wPDF are most full featured and best quality. wPDF, for example, is used as important part of the excellent help generator 'Help & Manual'. I use wPDF myself and it works great. It is royalty free but you have to pay quite a premium if you're going to be running it on a webserver.
"It is royalty free but you have to pay quite a premium if you're going to be running it on a webserver."
That is, you pay a premium for version that gives you royalty free deployment even on webservers. If only for desktop or lan deployment it's less. Also, for wPDF it's quite a bit more to get the full source.
Also if what you're planning on is some sort of dev tool or a universal pdf print driver check licenses because some will prohibit that use.
Thanks a lot for all this information. The tool that seems to match more my requirements is actually the Gnostice pdftoolkit (a sibbling of edocengine. Edocengine seems to be more focused into rendering several formats that in driving the presentation). It is also nice that is royalty free and without the need to register an OCX.
I browsed the information on the objects described in the help file and it seems to have objects for all I need for some type of special searching, where the font information also may have a role in positioning the current page.
Tuesday, August 02, 2005
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