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Brian Barnett (Brian Barnett)
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Brian Barnett Member since 2017 7 posts
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Posted: April 23, 2019
Last activity: January 2, 2020
Posted: 23 Apr 2019 13:17 EDT
Last activity: 2 Jan 2020 15:59 EST
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HTML to PDF generation

If anyone has tried to do HTML to PDF generation using the Pega OOTB smart shape functionality, you know that it, uhhhhh, leaves a lot to be desired. It actually produces some pretty horrible looking PDFs. For our needs, we have very well designed and professional looking PDF's that need to be generated from HTML and then sent to a number of different external stakeholders.

We know we don't like the PD4ML solution that's under the covers in the Pega OOTB and it doesn't meet our needs.

We would like to avoid re-writing our solution using eForms and the other cons that come with that solution.

What other solutions have others used?

We are considering using wkhtmltopdf (https://wkhtmltopdf.org/) because it produces great looking PDFs in the format and with the look/feel we need. However, it is a command line based tool and does have a Java Wrapper, but under the covers its still a command line based tool. We are thinking we would need PegaCloud team to install that command-line tool on the server for us. And, well, that can get a little dicey. :) Has anyone used wkhtmltopdf in Pega?

If not, I ask again, what other solutions have others used?

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