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Essential Features (for me) Options
Posted: Thursday, May 23, 2013 5:37:04 PM
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I evaled your product today as a potential replacement for wkhtmltopdf - for the most part I loved the ease of use, but I can't justify paying for the software just yet. Could you look into adding these features sometime - I will check back later for sure!

- CSS Media override
I want to generate a PDF from HTML rendered using PRINT media type
- ASP MVC Helper
Read the .ASPAUTH cookie so I don't have to convert all my HTTPCookies to System.Net.Cookies
Also it would be nice to not have to input the ENTIRE url, so something like HtmlToPdf.ConvertUrl( Action, Controller ) would be nice
- Generate EMF or XPS output so I can write the memory stream to a printer!
I would love this, PDFTRON is my only option so far

I don't want to seem demanding, these are just free ideas for a future version ;)
Posted: Thursday, May 23, 2013 5:57:30 PM
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Thanks for the feedback. I can't tell you which one we will surely implement, but I can tell you which one we will surely NOT implement. :)

CSS Media Override:
This one will NOT be implemented. The design goal of our product is to render the output as closer to what user sees on SCREEN as possible, not for printing media. This is because most web developers do not create separate styles for print media or do not test printing media CSS as thorough. As such we will always follow screen output, not print output. If you must use print media, you can dynamically switch CSS with code;

MVC Helper:
This may be implemented in the future. However it will NOT be implemented on HtmlToPdf.ConvertUrl level. In another word, HtmlToPdf.ConvertUrl will not take MVC Action. It will be another object such ASPXToPDF that we current have;

Generate EMF Output:
No. This one will not be implemented. This is because we render as much as possible in vector format and we use float coordination (similar to GDI+). For example, we render SVG graphics, or CSS round corners in vector format so you can zoom in infinitely without losing quality. However those can not be expressed in EMF, which was very much based on GDI, not GDI+. As such this will not be implemented;

Generated XPS Output:
This can be considered.

Hope this helps.

Posted: Friday, May 24, 2013 11:26:52 AM
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Thanks for the information!

I am currently using wkhtmltopdf and pdftron to do server side printing in my asp mvc app. These features sound kind of weird, but I am doing something kind of weird haha


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