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World's Leading Ticketing Company

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BCL Technologies’ easyPDF SDK delivers PDF creation capabilities to  this global ticketing company’s 5000 users as a highly scalable, stable web server application. The development team had previously used ActivePDF and were unhappy with it. They had found ActivePDF hard to set up, unstable and not scalable.

  • Customer: World’s leading ticketing company [Company Name Withheld]
  • Customer Application: Web-based Financial & Business Reporting
  • Users: 5000 user accounts
  • BCL Product Used: easyPDF SDK
  • Development Environment: ASP.NET 1.1, C#
  • Operating System: Microsoft Windows Server 2003
  • Database Server: Oracle 9i
  • Deployment Type: ASP.NET Web Server Application

Overview of Company

World's leading ticketing company, operating across US, Europe, South America, selling event tickets through one of the largest e-commerce Internet sites, thousands of retail outlets, and worldwide call centers, needed to embed PDF capabilities in its reporting applications for its worldwide user base.

Challenge (Business and Technology)

The customer wanted to deploy a web-based reporting system for its 5000 worldwide user accounts, 70% of whom are daily users. Users wanted output of reports in multiple formats, including PDF. The customer needed to implement a PDF SDK product in a web server deployment that had the performance, stability, and scalability to service such a large dispersed user base. The developers wanted something that was easy to program and implement.

The development team had previously used ActivePDF and were unhappy with it. They had found ActivePDF hard to set up, unstable and not scalable.

  • The developer had tried to configure ActivePDF on 5-6 servers and had run into configuration problems every time; it never worked the first time and error messages were hard to understand and troubleshoot, eating up valuable developer time.
  • In operation, ActivePDF had proven to be unstable; its print service would start giving errors after operating for some time and had to be regularly reset, requiring IT monitoring and associated costs for such monitoring and resetting.
  • Scalability was the biggest issue; ActivePDF would start blocking concurrent users from the system. It would queue users starting after just 4 users, and additional users would start experiencing long queuing times and time-outs. Ideally, the system needed to handle 10-15 concurrent users without any degradation to service the large 5000 account base, and ActivePDF could not do so.

Selection of BCL Technologies easyPDF SDK

The development team searched online and downloaded trial versions of many products. They found everything they needed in BCL Technologies easyPDF SDK. Their comments about easyPDF SDK:

  • Setup:“easyPDF SDK setup was very straightforward, unlike our experience with other products. We wrote just a few lines of code to start using it.”
  • Stability: “easyPDF has now been deployed for a year and we have been very happy with it.”
  • Scalability: “easyPDF has handled the 5000 user base without any issues. We have not encountered any user queuing or blocking.”

Strong Endorsement for easyPDF SDK:

“Now that we have experienced the ease of programming, stability and performance of BCL’s easyPDF SDK we will use it for all our future PDF projects.”

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Tax Works
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  • Customer: TaxWorks
  • Customer Application: ARKWORKS Document Storage & Management System (http://www.ark-works.com/)
  • Developer: Shaun Hess, Software Architect
  • BCL Product Used: easyPDF SDK
  • Development Environment: Visual Basic.NET (VB.NET) PDF creation using easyPDF SDK

Overview of Company and Application

TaxWorks has been a professional tax software industry leader for over 30 years, rated #1 since 1972 by leading publications, associations and customers. Taxworks is now marketing a new document management and archival system, ArkWorks. Its 6000 Beta versions have been sent out as of 1Q 2006, using BCL Technologies easyPDF SDK as its PDF creation and manipulation engine.

Challenge (Business and Technology)

ArkWorks selected PDF as the common document format for storing and sharing documents across various applications. ArkWorks needed the ability to:

  • Convert printable document type to PDF format
  • Catalog MS Office documents in PDF or native format
  • Scan and catalog paper documents
  • Add text notes and/or annotations to PDF documents
  • Email any documents

PDF Tool Selection

Shaun Hess:

“We evaluated many PDF tools and drivers, including Blackice, Cutepdf, Activepdf, etc. We even wrote our own. Except for BCL’s easyPDF SDK, all had limitations we couldn’t live with. Some only converted from MS Office and not very well. Others could not do annotation or text stamping on PDF documents. None were as easy to use and as easy to integrate.”

“We selected easyPDF SDK as our solution for many reasons.”

TaxWorks chose BCL Technologies easyPDF SDK for its:

  • Functionality

“If you can print it, you can convert it with easyPDF SDK. Prints from any application into PDF.”

“We can do Text Stamping and Annotation of PDF documents that we couldn’t with other SDKs.”

“PDF conversion is great!”

  • Ease of Use, Coding and Development

“It took very little amount of coding, 10-15 lines of code, to integrate easyPDF SDK into our application.”

“We haven’t had to change BCL code once!”

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Australian Railroad Track Corporation (ARTC)

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Overview of Company and Application

Australian Rail Track Corporation Ltd (ARTC) is a company under the Corporations Act whose shares are owned by the Commonwealth and overseen by the Australian Minister for Transport and Regional Services and Minister for Finance and Administration on behalf of the Commonwealth. ARTC is responsible for negotiating new access to the interstate national track between Brisbane and Perth, and improving performance and efficiency of interstate rail infrastructure.

Challenge (Business and Technology)

ARTC needs to automate the Creation of PDF documents for Excel and Word documents that are uploaded to it's Intranet via form based file upload.

ARTC chose BCL Technologies easyPDF SDK for its:

  • Functionality

“BCL easyPDF SDK integrates well with .NET and classic ASP. The document conversion process is very quick compared to others that I had tried (ActivePDF and VeryPDF).”

  • Ease of Use, Coding and Development

“BCL easyPDF SDK installation was simple and well documented. I found the SDK easy to follow and the coding that was required was minimal.”

  • Affordable

“The software licensing model is simple and affordable.”

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Northrop Grumman

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  • Customer: Northrop Grumman
  • Customer Application: Automated PDF Conversion and Merging of Multi-language Word Files.
  • Developer: Bernard Fazzini
  • BCL Product Used: easyPDF SDK
  • Development Environment: C#.NET

Overview of Company and Application

Northrop Grumman Corporation is a global defense company in systems integration, defense electronics, information technology, advanced aircraft, shipbuilding, and space technology. The company has more than 125,000 employees and operates in 25 countries. Northrop has multi-language Word files that need to be converted to PDF and merged while retaining the exact look of the Word originals. They must be accessed from multiple sites under high-security IT operating conditions

Challenge (Business and Technology)

Northrop Grumman has document files in foreign languages and their English translations in WORD files. Northrop wanted merged PDF files to be created that would show each foreign language page and its English translation page next to each other in the merged PDF file. Theses PDF files also needed to:

  • Have all necessary fonts (foreign and English) embedded in the PDF file
  • Look exactly like the originals
  • Be accessible to a few hundred users from multiple locations
  • Run on servers without human intervention
  • For security purposes, run without people being logged into the applications. The PDF application needed to call the application as a service rather than requiring people to be constantly logged into the applications, something that the security requirements did not permit.
  • Comply with other very high security requirements

PDF Tool Selection

Bernard Fazzini:

“We evaluated Adobe, ActivePDF, JawsPDF and other PDF tools. We searched for two months, Googled every site, evaluated all the PDF conversion tools out there. Only BCL’s easyPDF SDK could meet all our requirements. We now have it deployed in 11 sites.”

Northrop Grumman chose BCL Technologies easyPDF SDK for its:

  • Functionality

“BCL’s easyPDF was the only tool that could run by itself without human intervention and without requiring people to be logged into the applications.”

“easyPDF produced PDF exactly like the original files with embedded fonts.”

“easyPDF merged documents keeping the desired pagination intact.”

  • Ease of Use, Coding and Development

“easyPDF is the easiest product to code against that we found.”

“easyPDF is very easy to program. We definitely like it.”

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  • “easyPDF SDK setup was very straightforward, unlike our experience with other products. We wrote just a few lines of code to start using it.” Read the case study
  • “We evaluated many PDF tools and drivers. We even wrote our own. Except for BCL’s easyPDF SDK, all had limitations we couldn’t live with. Some only converted from MS Office and not very well. Others could not do annotation or text stamping on PDF documents. None were as easy to use and as easy to integrate.” Read the case study
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