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Gone in 60 Seconds: How We Moved From Linode to AWS With Less Than a Minute of Downtime

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

Our New Help Request Feature

Let’s talk about our new help request feature!

Here’s what a typical support request chain looks like: a user has a problem, and emails support. We receive the email, then request extra information, usually a doc log ID and the input HTML. The user provides this information, and then we can start solving the problem... Continue Reading

TL;DR: Outages, even short ones, are bad.

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

Making Printable PDFs Just Got Easier

We’ve recently made some changes to DocRaptor that make it much easier to generate easily printed PDFs: fully customizable crop marks and transparency support for TIFF images!

You can now completely customize the length and offset of your crop marks, allowing you to create a trim area on each PDF that will match printer specifications exactly... Continue Reading

A Better Dashboard, Part I – Your Document Usage

Tracking how many documents you’re making just got a lot easier! We’ve been overhauling the design of our user dashboard, and we’re excited to talk about how these changes can help you. Let’s get started by taking a look at your usage page!

More useful document generation stats

If you guys like meters and charts, I’ve got great news for you... Continue Reading

Convert HTML5 to PDF with DocRaptor!

DocRaptor is now running Prince 9.0 in production, which adds full HTML5 support, better CSS3 support and faster Javascript. Many of our users have asked about support for HTML5 (the canvas element in particular) and we’re excited about this update.

All new accounts will default to using Prince 9.0. If you’re an existing user and you’d like to add HTML5 elements to your PDFs, you’ll need to log in and update your default Prince version setting... Continue Reading

Running Javascripts Before Generating PDFs

So maybe you want to use Javascript to spice up your PDFs prior to generating them. Many of our users need to generate PDF documents with more complicated output than HTML and CSS support. DocRaptor’s Javascript support to the rescue! Running arbitrary Javascript in your document prior to creating it is incredibly simple... Continue Reading

RAZUR Case Study

We’ve recently been working with a client who needed to implement dynamic PDF generation across multiple marketing pages. This was an interesting use for DocRaptor, and we thought it was a great opportunity for a case study. Chris Merkle, CEO of RAZUR, was kind enough to share his story with us... Continue Reading

What if Debugging was Easier?

We just made it a lot easier to prototype with DocRaptor! We’ve implemented a new feature that will email errors to you when a PDF or XLS file fails to generate as expected. This feature makes it simpler for new users to implement high quality PDF and Excel generation, as well as helping our established users deal with unexpected problems... Continue Reading