Documents today are generated from data, reports, analysis, collaborations, and data retrieval every day. Several software applications have automated this process and are working with documents to process data. Data is dynamic and constant changes every day, and these applications take care of updating the documents periodically by loading them, modifying the content, and saving them back again.
When documents are managed through .NET applications, there is a strong need for document libraries, that have a detailed and rich feature set to manage complex business cases. More importantly, documents today are generated in various formats - PDF, Word, Excel being the popular ones. Document generating APIs should be able to save data in these formats, generate documents from data or convert documents from one format to another.
GrapeCity Documents 2019 Product Recap
Over the last year, GrapeCity Documents has been working on the path of covering more scenarios for automating document-related tasks and file comversions (PDF to Images, HTML to PDF, HTML to Images have been such additions).
More than just generating documents, there is an entire workflow that these documents must go through when shared across for review. PDF is one of the most popular formats to distribute documents. It allows users to view embedded documents within applications online, without the use of a third-party tool. Applications looking to support PDF documents should not rely on third-party tools (Adobe Acrobat, MS Tools,etc.) to view these documents. Currently, there are minimal tools that support standard PDF specifications-based documents in their viewers.
Another critical aspect is the ability to generate documents from Templates bound with data rather than creating them from scratch. Binding structured documents with data (from any data source) and generating Excel reports are prevalent needs of any business domain.
To distribute invoices, shipping, delivery , or purchase orders electronically to vendors, buyers, sellers, clients, customers, etc. GrapeCity Documents released the support of Templates with full syntax and API to bind Excel documents to data and generate Excel reports with advanced layouts. With a flexible syntax and easy notations for data expansion and formulas, the new template syntax and API will make it easy to define Excel templates and generate Excel reports supporting numerous use cases. You can also make use of the GcExcel API to save the Excel directly reports .xlsx files or as a PDF.
The Year 2020 Ahead
GrapeCity Documents continues to add more features to be a complete document solution for building universal documents, viewers, and editing solutions. Here are some important highlights from our Roadmap for 2020.
GrapeCity Documents for PDF
GrapeCity Documents for PDF (GcPdf) conforms to a large part of Adobe PDF specification 2.0 and we are moving on the path of providing complete PDF solutions to our customers.
Here are the additional features you can expect in 2020:
- Redacting PDF documents
- Export PDF to other formats
- Comprehensive coverage of PDF specification
- Interactive features to PDF expansion
- Extract data from PDFs
- Generate PDF documents from templates
GrapeCity Documents for Excel
GrapeCity Documents for Excel (GcExcel)is a detailed Excel API based on Excel's document object model, that allows you to generate and work with Spreadsheets with fast performance, small footprint in .NET Core applications. We extend the feature set to make it possible to achieve more complex use cases for your Excel spreadsheets. Documents for Excel (GcExcel) is available in both .NET and Java with the same feature parity and performance.
- Generate Excel reports from templates and template-based data extraction
- Export Excel to other formats
- Exporting Excel to PDF enhancements
- Provide more support for GrapeCity SpreadJS (client-side) features
- Enhance Pivot Table support
- Expand GcExcel object model to support more MS Excel features
GrapeCity Documents for Word
- Expand GcWord object model to support more MS Word features
- Generate Word documents from Templates
- Enhanced support for Word to PDF export.
- Support loading documents of other formats in Word documents
GrapeCity Documents for Imaging
GrapeCity Documents for Imaging (GcImaging) is an imaging library that can create, load, modify and save images in .NET Core applications with full support on Windows, macOS, Linux, AWS Lambda & Azure functions. GcImaging supports exclusive algorithms for image processing, and in 2020, we plan to add real-time samples and services that demonstrate these features.
- New PDF editing tools
- Collaborative editing
- Enhanced form filling
- Improved Interactivity
Stay tuned to our next GrapeCity Documents releases through 2020! We hope this article reveals new features and improvements you're excited about for GrapeCity Documents 2020.
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