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3-Heights™ Image to PDF Converter – import TIFF, JPEG, PNG images into a PDF/A and PDF


Areas of use
Technical details


The 3-Heights™ Image to PDF Converter component converts raster images such as TIFF, JPM and JPEG to PDF/A and PDF documents. Typical applications include:

  • Conversion of scanned documents to PDF/A documents
  • Migration of a TIFF archive to PDF/A
  • Conversion of image files into searchable PDF/A files
  • Conversion of fax files to PDF/A with optional OCR recognition

The Image to PDF Converter is used to convert raster images into a standardized format, for instance for electronic archiving or electronic data exchange.

3-Heights™ Image to PDF Converter

It is also possible to integrate metadata from external sources during the conversion process. An optional OCR add-on is available to create searchable output files.


  • Conversion of single page or multi-page raster images to PDF
  • Set output format and conformity level (PDF, PDF/A-1, PDF/A-2 and PDF/A-3)
  • Set image compression individually for bi-tonal images, grayscale and color images and indexed images
  • Support for mixed raster content (MRC)
  • Selectable page size and page crop
  • Set the position (centering) and scaling
  • Set encryption and permission flags
  • Embed and select the color profile
  • Define alternative texts (so-called tagging) and their language
  • Embed XMP metadata
  • Set document attributes such as title or author
  • Input and output document from file or memory
  • Optional character recognition (OCR), Abbyy
  • Conversion of raster images to other raster image formats (e.g. BMP to JPEG)
  • Linearization for fast web view
  • Determine the page range for conversion
  • Set the orientation

3-Heights™ Image to PDF Converter

  • Read out image codec information
    • Color space
    • Components per pixel
    • Bits per component
    • Compression
    • Height and width
    • Compression quality
    • Mask, transparency mask
    • Number of pages
    • Palette
    • Samples
    • Resolution in X and Y direction


Properties and benefits

The 3-Heights™ Image to PDF Converter creates documents that are compliant with PDF and PDF/A. A high throughput is proof of its performance. The use of state-of-the-art algorithms automatically reduces the size of the file during processing. The optional OCR add-on enables PDF documents to be searched in full text mode.

Consolidating various image formats into a standardized, platform independent format makes it easier to exchange documents, enables long-term archiving and reduces costs as different specialized raster image viewers and printers are no longer required.

Migrating archives containing scanned documents, which were stored in the mixed raster content (MRC) format, to equivalent PDF/A conforming documents without the need of recompressing the image data streams.

Performance characteristics

  • Supports a broad range of image formats (standard formats, but also legacy formats such as TIFF V 6 and special formats such as IBM MOD:CA, etc.)
  • Adoption of metadata from images
  • Adoption of color space information from images
  • Supports accessibility requirements
  • Optional PDF/A compliant output
  • Optional integrated OCR function
  • High performance
  • Processes very large image files
  • Platform independent

Areas of use

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Scanned documents can be converted from JPEG and TIFF format into PDF/A, PDF or other image formats. Further standardized processing and secure archiving of incoming documents is thereby guaranteed. Received texts can be made available via optional OCR functionality.


Conversion of existing TIFF or JPM archives or files into a long-term PDF/A archive compliant with ISO requirements and with full text searching options.


The 3-Heights™ Image to PDF Converter can be integrated into scanning solutions, fax software, COLD output software, document management systems, archiving systems, etc.

Technical details

Input formats

  • TIFF (Tagged Image File Format)
  • JPEG (Joint Photographic Expert Group)
  • PNG (Portable Network Graphics)
  • GIF (Graphics Interchange Format)
  • BMP (Window Bitmap)
  • EPS (Encapsulated Post Script)
  • JB2 (JBIG2, Joint Bi-level Image Experts Group)
  • JP2 (JPEG2000)
  • JPX (Extended JPEG2000)
  • JPM (JPEG2000, Part 6)
  • PBM (Portable Bitmap File Format)
  • JIF (GIF Flate)

Output formats

Image to PDF Converter:

  • PDF/A-1a, PDF/A-1b
  • PDF/A-2a, PDF/A-2b, PDF/A-2u
  • PDF/A-3a, PDF/A-3b, PDF/A-3u
  • PDF 1.0 to 1.7

Image to Image Converter:

  • All input formats


  • Standards:
    • ISO 19005-1 (PDF/A-1)
    • ISO 19005-2 (PDF/A-2)
    • ISO 19005-3 (PDF/A-3)
    • ISO 32000 (PDF 1.7)
    • TIFF V6

Operating systems

  • Windows 7 or newer
  • Windows Server 2008 or newer
  • HP-UX – PA-RISC and Itanium
  • IBM AIX – 32 and 64 bit
  • Linux (SuSE and Red Hat on Intel)
  • Mac OS X
  • Sun Solaris


  • API: C, Java, .NET, COM

Programming languages

All program libraries are written in efficient and thread-safe C++. API offers a selection of the following connections to programming languages:

  • C#, VB .NET, J# via .NET
  • Java via JNI
  • MS Visual Basic, Borland Delphi, MS Office products such as Access and C++ via COM
  • C and C++ via native C

Product variants

  • Shell tool (command line)
  • API (programming interface)
  • Windows service (system service)


  • OCR Add-On

Next steps

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Product-specific success stories

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j2 Global®, United States

Volkswagen Foundation, Germany

KINETIC AG, Switzerland

SSL, United States

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