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PDF Prep Tool Suite – PDF editor for  developers


Areas of use
Technical details

Overview – PDF developer SDK and API

The PDF Prep Tool Suite is a programming library for creating, splitting, merging and edit PDF documents. It can be used to modify PDF, add content such as text, images and vector graphics. Interactive elements such as links, form fields and bookmarks can be added and processed.

The component is used for the following tasks:

  • Assemble PDF documents
  • Personalize documents
  • Fill in form fields

PDF Prep Tool Suite

PDF documents can be created from scratch – for instance on the basis of a template to which data is added from a source such as a database.
Properties such as position, font, size and color are freely selectable. Once created, PDF documents can be encrypted and optimized for fast web-based viewing.


  • Merge any number of pages from one or multiple PDF documents
  • Apply content to the background or foreground of an existing or new page
    • Text (page number, address, customer number, etc.)
    • Image (company logo, scanned signature)
    • Vector graphic (line, square, curve)
  • Extract text including font and positioning information
  • Add, fill in, delete and read out form fields
  • Add internal and external links and comments
  • Copy content from multiple pages to one page including positioning, scaling and rotation
  • Set and get outlines (bookmarks) in PDF documents
  • Define and extract document properties such as title, author, date of creation, etc.
  • Read encrypted PDF documents

PDF Prep Tool Suite

  • Encrypt PDF documents with a password and set permission flags
  • Optimize PDF files for fast web view (linearization)
  • Set color as RGB or CMYK
  • Set page size (media box) and visible area (crop box)
  • Remove viewer access rights


Properties and benefits

PDF Prep Tool Suite is particularly suitable for personalization tasks. It allows the use of templates such as business cards, e-books, invoices, etc. Templates are then supplemented with customer-specific information. The tool enables the creation of customized PDF documents for use in sales or for further processing.

Performance characteristics

  • Simple application with a suitable mix of functions for post-processing purposes
  • High performance
  • Platform independent

Areas of use


PDF documents are used for distributing e-books as well as for creating invoices, contracts and terms and conditions, for instance in insurance application forms. These documents share a common requirement: they need to be supplemented with data specific to the recipient.

Automated reporting

Large quantities of information are stored in databases and DMS systems. PDF Prep Tool Suite is designed to receive this information and convert it into distributable standardized PDF documents. It therefore enables the distribution of documents across infrastructures where different technologies and operating systems are in use.

Technical details

Input formats

  • PDF

Output formats

  • PDF

Operating systems

  • Windows XP or newer
  • Windows Server 2003 or newer
  • HP-UX – PA-RISC and Itanium
  • Linux (SuSE and Red Hat on Intel)
  • Mac OS X
  • Sun Solaris


  • API (C, Java, COM)

Product variants

  • API (programming interface)

Next steps

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Product-specific success stories

Alpha Trust, USA

Bayer CropScience AG, Germany

McLaren, UK

Redwood Software, USA

Verlagsgruppe Weltbild GmbH, Germany

Documentation / FAQ

Product flyer


Samples (API)


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