Corda releases HTML-to-PDF converter

A new server-side application can convert Hypertext Markup Language pages to Adobe Portable Document Format.

The Highwire app from Corda Technologies Inc. generates PDF copies of well formed Hypertext Markup Language and Extensible Hypertext Markup Language on the fly, said David P. Vandagriff, vice president of marketing for the Lindon, Utah, company. PDF copies are easier to print without cutting off portions of text or inserting inconvenient page breaks.

Users install Highwire under a server operating system, such as Microsoft Windows, Linux, Unix or Apple Mac OS X. The product requires a Java Virtual Machine.

Users also can attach descriptive text to each image in a document being converted to PDF, said Neal Williams, Corda Technologies' president and chief executive officer. Screen readers can import such text to make an online document compliant with Section 508 of the 1998 Rehabilitation Act Amendments.

Highwire can convert between five and 20 document pages to PDF per second, depending on the complexity of the document, Williams said. Users can set it up to make the conversions on-demand by clicking on a button or in automatic batch mode for routine Web-site archiving.

The program is priced per server with unlimited users. List pricing is $6,495 for the app's single-threaded version and $14,495 for a multithreaded version.

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