About PDFTron SDK

The PDFTron SDK is the most comprehensive Microsoft Office and PDF SDK on the market. It's built in-house to bring accurate and reliable rendering to your digital content of any size and complexity. It scales with your goals, as our APIs add MS Office, CAD, and even video collaboration capabilities to your application on Windows, Mac OS, Linux, Android, iOS, and the web.

Our PDF SDK brings accurate PDF viewing, annotating, editing, creation, and generation to any web, mobile, desktop or server framework or application. This allows you to own the full document and data lifecycle by deploying on your own infrastructure without worrying about third-party server dependencies. Major functionalities include:

Annotation & Collaboration
Mark up PDFs, MS Office documents, and other formats with highlights, stamps, and notes. Support real-time collaboration, XFDF, and all PDF annotation types.

PDF Viewer
Reflow content and view even the most challenging PDFs quickly and reliably. Embed ready-to-go controls or create your own by diving into the source code.

Office Document Viewer
Add support for viewing Word, Excel, and PowerPoint documents to any browser or app -- no conversion or server dependencies required.

Conversion
High-fidelity direct document conversion from 30+ file formats. Preserve quality, vector graphics, text, hyperlinks, colors, fonts, and metadata.

PDF Form Filling
Support interactive form filling, FDF, and embedded JavaScript. Or programmatically create, pre-fill, sign, extract, and flatten PDF forms.

Edit & Manipulate
Programmatically or interactively insert pages and content, append, split, remove, crop, reorder, rotate, export, edit, and much more.

PDFTron is trusted by thousands of innovative start-ups, governments, and Fortune 500 companies because of the assurances it offers:

Best Developer Experience
Build powerful PDF solutions with ease using elegant, well-documented, cross-platform APIs. And tap into all the developer resources you need at any time.

Ultimate Control
Design unique user experiences with fully customizable UI source code at your disposal, backed by a high-performing SDK and secure, stable APIs.

Faster Time-to-Market
Turbocharge your time-to-market by leveraging slick out-of-the-box widgets, and an industry-proven PDF SDK driven by 20 years of innovation.

Future-Proof
Accommodate future use cases with the most complete PDF SDK on the market, supporting all major platforms, 30+ file formats, and hundreds of unique features.

For more information and to try for free, visit www.pdftron.com.

Pricing starting from:

Not provided by vendor

  • Free Version
  • Free Trial
  • Subscription

Key benefits of PDFTron SDK

Best Developer Experience
Build powerful PDF solutions with ease using elegant, well-documented, cross-platform APIs. And tap into all the developer resources you need at any time.

Ultimate Control
Design unique user experiences with fully customizable UI source code at your disposal, backed by a high-performing SDK and secure, stable APIs.

Faster Time-to-Market
Turbocharge your time-to-market by leveraging slick out-of-the-box widgets, and an industry-proven PDF SDK driven by 20 years of innovation.

Future-Proof
Accommodate future use cases with the most complete PDF SDK on the market, supporting all major platforms, 30+ file formats, and hundreds of unique features.

Typical Customers

  • Freelancers
  • Small Businesses (2-50)
  • Mid-size Companies (51-500)
  • Large enterprises (500 and more)

Deployment

  • Cloud-based
  • On-premise

Markets

Canada, United States

Supported Languages

English

Pricing starting from:

Not provided by vendor

  • Free Version
  • Free Trial
  • Subscription

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Features

Total features of PDFTron SDK: 22

  • Access Controls/Permissions
  • Annotations
  • Archiving & Retention
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Compliance Tracking
  • Convert to PDF
  • Digital Signature
  • Document Capture
  • Document Classification
  • Document Generation
  • Document Storage
  • Electronic Signature
  • Encryption
  • File Conversion
  • File Recovery
  • File Sharing
  • Full Text Search
  • Merge/Append Files
  • Offline Access
  • Optical Character Recognition
  • PDF Reader
  • Watermarking

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Reviews

Overall rating

4.4 /5
(18)
Value for Money
4.1/5
Features
4.7/5
Ease of Use
4.3/5
Customer Support
4.3/5

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Pablo
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  • Industry: E-Learning
  • Company size: 51-200 Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
  • Review Source

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  • Value for Money
  • Ease of Use
  • Customer Support
  • Likelihood to recommend 8.0 /10

Leader in the industry

Reviewed on 15/12/2021

I consider it as a leader in the industry.

I consider it as a leader in the industry.

Pros

Quite comprehensive product based on the company development with no dependencies -as far as I know- with open source libraries.

Cons

Moving from one version to another is not that smooth process.
The product is rather expensive.

Steve
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  • Industry: Insurance
  • Company size: 501-1,000 Employees
  • Used Daily for 1-5 months
  • Review Source

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  • Value for Money
  • Ease of Use
  • Customer Support
  • Likelihood to recommend 9.0 /10

Enterprise level functionality but still easy to use

Reviewed on 15/12/2021

The pre-sales technical support was excellent and made it really fast and easy to spin up a POC .

The pre-sales technical support was excellent and made it really fast and easy to spin up a POC .

Pros

PDFTron was by far the most feature rich product offering we looked at. Also the fact that they don't just wrap another open source rendering engine like PDFium gave us confidence they had built their product from the ground up and had total control.

Cons

The price tag was on the higher end compared to other alternatives but for enterprise software I think its worth it for all the features they offer. They were also flexible during pricing talks to find a comfortable landing spot that worked for both parties.

Alessandro
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  • Industry: Information Services
  • Company size: 11-50 Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
  • Review Source

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  • Value for Money
  • Ease of Use
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  • Likelihood to recommend 0.0 /10

Cannot install my perpetual license

Reviewed on 05/05/2022

Cannot move license to a new server if I dont buy a new license. This is the reply from the...

Cannot move license to a new server if I dont buy a new license. This is the reply from the service:

"
Hi [SENSITIVE CONTENT] ,

Sorry, we can't help you any further here without a current license subscription.
"

I sent them a screen shot with an error indicating that the switched of the license activator server!

Pros

It was the first pdf converter. Now I found cheaper but FASTER alternatives

Cons

Really disappinted about how pdftron is treating old Activepdf license buyers. I have a perpetual license that no longer activates because of not-working service from them.
Contacted the support: they asked me to buy a support contract, that is sold only with a new license. They think I need support, but I only need to move the license to a new server. Online activation return "there was an error parsing the returned data".

Rohit
Overall rating
  • Industry: Computer Software
  • Company size: 501-1,000 Employees
  • Used Daily for 1+ year
  • Review Source

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  • Value for Money
  • Ease of Use
  • Customer Support
  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

PDFTron technical help

Reviewed on 31/01/2022

Excellent

Excellent

Pros

Annotation types and ease to integrate web and sdk

Cons

It takes time to load PDF if having 20+ pages

Alternatives Considered

Adobe XD and PDF Reader Pro

Reasons for Switching to PDFTron SDK

sales support and pricing
Bryan
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  • Industry: Insurance
  • Company size: 501-1,000 Employees
  • Used Daily for 1+ year
  • Review Source

Overall rating

  • Ease of Use
  • Customer Support
  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

XFA Solution

Reviewed on 18/02/2022

We were facing an issue with over a million XFA PDFs in our imaging system. These weren't your...

We were facing an issue with over a million XFA PDFs in our imaging system. These weren't your normal XFA documents, they were very unique in how they were created. We talked with various vendors. All of them advised that we couldn't automate the flattening of these documents.

PDFTron didn't back away from the challenge. Correy and Johnna did an outstanding job of working with us to come up with a solution utilizing the PDFTron products. I am very impressed with the tenacity at which they approached the challenge. I would strongly recommended PDFTron and the people behind the products!

Pros

Expertise in working with PDFs and Customer Support

Cons

Haven't found any at this point in our project

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PDFTron SDK FAQs

Below are some frequently asked questions for PDFTron SDK.

PDFTron SDK offers the following pricing plans:

  • Pricing model: Subscription
  • Free Trial: Available

PDFTron’s SDK is quoted based on the breadth of technology (APIs, features) and the distribution scope (external or internal users). These variable factors make the price of a license very flexible to represent the value the SDK generates for you. Contact sales to get a quote for your custom license!

PDFTron SDK has the following typical customers:

2-10, 11-50, 51-200, 201-500, 501-1,000, 1,001-5,000

PDFTron SDK supports the following languages:

English

PDFTron SDK supports the following devices:

Android (Mobile), iPhone (Mobile), iPad (Mobile)

We do not have any information about what integrations PDFTron SDK has

PDFTron SDK offers the following support options:

Email/Help Desk, FAQs/Forum, Knowledge Base, Phone Support

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