PDF to HTML5 and SVG conversion – status report and update before JavaOne 2012

When one of our customers asked 2 years ago if we would create a PDF to HTML5 converter, we laughed…. So where are we now?

Well the joke appears to be very much on us now. In the last 2 years we have been busy creating a very flexible and configurable tool for conversion of PDF to HTML5 and now SVG. There are different modes of output so you can:-

1. Convert the PDF to text content with embedded fonts (producing small compact, and  searchable files which scale very well).

2. Convert the PDF to text as shapes  (producing a good representation and avoiding copyright issues on Fonts which scale very well).

2. Convert the PDF to HTML5 as an image with selectable invisible or visible text (providing an exact match of the PDF).

And we can do this in SVG or HTML5. We will be showing the latest version at JavaOne San Francisco (we are stand 5111 next to the Itext team so you will have a lot of PDF experts in a the vicinity!).

We still have a todo list which includes:-

1. Type1 fonts.

2. More optimisations for mobile.

3. More configuration and optimisations.

4. Tweaks for specific browsers.

5. More improvements to CID fonts.

So we hope we will see you at JavaOne if you are in attending. And if you are not, we hope you will try the latest version and let us know what you think. What features would you like to see next?

This post is part of our “SVG Article Index” in these articles, we aim to help you build knowledge and understand SVG.

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Mark Stephens

System Architect and Lead Developer at IDRSolutions
Mark Stephens has been working with Java and PDF since 1999 and has diversified into HTML5, SVG and JavaFX. He also enjoys speaking at conferences and has been a Speaker at user groups, Business of Software, Seybold and JavaOne conferences. He has a very dry sense of humor and an MA in Medieval History for which he has not yet found a practical use.
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About Mark Stephens

Mark Stephens has been working with Java and PDF since 1999 and has diversified into HTML5, SVG and JavaFX.

He also enjoys speaking at conferences and has been a Speaker at user groups, Business of Software, Seybold and JavaOne conferences. He has a very dry sense of humor and an MA in Medieval History for which he has not yet found a practical use.

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