3-Heights™ PDF Printer – Print documents to any output device

Developer component – PDF documents are used in many areas of business and need to fulfill differing demands with regard to printing. These include a high throughput rate, high visual fidelity even with complex documents, PDF/A-conform printing, printing on paper or in print datastreams such as PS, PCL and XPS.

Conform printing

Print on paper or in print datastreams

Batch & mass printing

Optimized for large volumes with high troughput rate

Print control

Comprehensive control of printer settings

Product illustration 3-Heights™ PDF Printer

PDF Printer - features

  • Printing on paper or virtual printers and divert printing to a file
  • Local / remote printing
  • Select paper format
  • Select paper tray
  • Select print quality
  • Define page sequence
  • Select printer-specific properties
  • Color management control
  • Supports http, https and ftp data streams
  • Print raster images (TIFF, JPEG, PNG, etc.)
  • Group documents in one print job
  • Integrate watermarks (text, image)
  • List printers per host and printer properties (supported paper formats, trays, etc.)
  • Duplex printing
  • Select orientation
  • Print multiple copies
  • Positioning (centering, scaling, realigning)
  • Print encrypted documents
Functionality graphic 3-Heights™ PDF Printer


  • ISO 19005-1 (PDF/A-1)
  • ISO 19005-2 (PDF/A-2)
  • ISO 19005-3 (PDF/A-3)
  • ISO 32000-1 (PDF 1.7)
  • ISO 32000-2 (PDF 2.0)

Supported formats

Input formats

  • PDF 1.0 to 1.7, 2.0
  • PDF/A-1, PDF/A-2, PDF/A-3
  • 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)
  • PBM (Portable Bitmap File Format)
  • JIF (GIF Flate)

Output formats

  • Print spool formats: PostScript, PCL, etc.
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Areas of use - print PDF documents

Printing from within applications

The PDF Printer component offers a flexible print function for applications for creating and processing PDF and image documents.

Batch and mass printing

The PDF Printer can be used in companies of any size as a central printing service for PDF documents and image documents. It is particularly suitable for personalized printing, ticket printing and generating paper copies from electronic archives.

Other areas of use

  • Creation of printer data streams for COLD applications
  • Receipt printer in subsidiaries
  • Web-based printing
  • Printing as the last step of a report generator

#Sample - Print a PDF document

Print a given PDF document on a given printer in the simplest possible way.

using System;
using System.IO;
using Pdftools.PdfPrint;

namespace PdfPrinterSamples
    class PrintDocumentSample
        /// <summary>
        /// Prints a given file on a given printer
        /// </summary>
        /// <param name="filePath">Path to input document</param>
        /// <param name="printerName">Exact name of the printer to use.</param>
        public static void PrintFile(string filePath, string printerName)
            using (Printer printer = new Printer())
                printer.PrintFile(filePath, printerName, String.Empty, 1, -1);
# Print in.pdf on the default printer
pdprint in.pdf

# Print in.pdf on printer named "3-Heights(TM) PDF Producer"
pdprint -p "3-Heights(TM) PDF Producer" in.pdf

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