Social Ink is a full-service graphic and web design and development shop in the middle of Brooklyn’s tech triangle. For almost 12 years they’ve worked with nonprofit, social justice, and educational organizations who do good work in NYC, the US, and internationally. Here’s what they had to say about DocRaptor:
Author: Team DocRaptor
When you view an ordinary web page, many errors may occur without your knowledge. The page itself may fail to load, or resources (such as images and stylesheets) may fail to download, be sent using bad encoding, have unknown MIME types, or any number of other common errors.
As long as the page loads, your browser attempts to display the page and it ignores any errored images or stylesheets... Continue Reading
Creating PDFs with Drupal is now effortless with the DocRaptor Drupal PDF add-on for the Print module. DocRaptor is a commercial HTML to PDF API built specifically for making PDFs. Advantages of using DocRaptor over using open-source libraries include:
- Support & Document Log: PDF generation is tricky, especially with parsing engines that are designed for making web pages, not PDFs.
PDFreactor is a fantastic HTML to PDF engine, and provides several features that DocRaptor does not yet support. However, DocRaptor has an entirely different pricing and delivery model that many organizations find a better fit. Here’s a summary of the differences between DocRaptor and PDFreactor:
- Do you want PDF forms, thumbnails, digital signatures, or 508 accessibility compliance?
PhantomJS is a “headless browser” (a web browser, just for programming, without a visible interface). Exporting screen captures to PDF, PNG, and JPG is just one of many PhantomJS features. DocRaptor uses PrinceXML, an engine designed specifically for creating PDFs. PhantomJS is built on the WebKit browser, as does the other major open-source PDF generator, wkhtmltopdf... Continue Reading
PrinceXML is part of the backend processing engine for DocRaptor. All PDFs created by DocRaptor use PrinceXML as the rendering engine. We love the PrinceXML product and their team. They recommend DocRaptor as a cloud solution and we recommend Prince for all self-hosted PDF generation.
So what’s the difference between DocRaptor and Prince?.. Continue Reading
From our research, wkhtmltopdf is the best open-source HTML-to-PDF tool. It is one of the few open-source projects built solely for HTML-to-PDF generation and uses a specifically modified version of the WebKit browser engine.
The below case study was written by EmWeb, an online educational platform that uses DocRaptor to convert complex course descriptions and heavily formatted tables into ready to print PDF documents.
Recently we moved DocRaptor from Linode to AWS, increasing average document creation speed by 6.9%, reducing network errors by an incredible 84.1%, and saving ourselves a ton of devops time related to scaling. Our move to AWS also allowed us to double our simultaneous request limit, scale up to meeting customer demand in a matter of minutes instead of hours, and gave us more time to help you create the documents you need... Continue Reading
Lately we’ve been hit by a few incidents of network problems at Linode’s Newark data center, causing interruptions for some of our users and frustration all around. We’re adding more data centers so this problem won’t happen in the future.
We’ve been happy customers of Linode for 4 years. They have been an amazing partner, helping us grow and improve without spending all of our time building out physical hardware... Continue Reading