PDFreactor, the latest product from RealObjects, is a formatting processor for converting XML and XHTML/HTML documents into PDF. It uses Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) to define page layout and styles. The new server-side tool enables applications in the field of ERP, eCommerce, and Electronic Publishing.
It allows users to dynamically generate PDF documents such as invoices, delivery notes, and shipping documents on-the-fly. The integration into business- and publishing-workflows, multi-channel publishing using CSS (e.g. Web and Print) or the automatic generation of technical manuals, data sheets, reports, and product information is also possible. PDFreactor offers software architects and developers a 100% Java-based, XML and XHTML/HTML print solution, which is based on W3C standards, but does not require any XSL-FO skills. PDFreactor features CSS 2.1 and 3 layout capabilities allowing flexible control over pagination and PDF output options. Vector graphics (SVG), Barcodes, and XSLT are supported as well.
Besides the Java API for integration with Servlets, EJB, and Java Web Services, PDFreactor also offers a command line interface for batch-, script and CGI-applications. All common J2EE application servers are supported. Direct integration into automatic build processes using Apache Ant is also possible.