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PDFShift Overview

What is PDFShift?

PDFShift provides developers with a tool to convert their HTML documents (raw or link) in PDF with high-fidelity. Packages are available for Node.js, Python, and PHP and the API allows any programming languages to be used. Features like watermarking and encryption are available along with many options to customize the rendered documents to your exact needs.

PDFShift Details
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Product Description

Generate a fully structured, almost identical to the source, PDF document, in a few seconds only.


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PDFShift Inc
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@pdfshift
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Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
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Review source: Organic
What do you like best?

How easy is it to use it, the results great. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

I like all, I had no troubles with usage of this service. No complains at all. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Printing html page to PDF. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Owner
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
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Review source: Organic
What do you like best?

The API is simple. GET or POST to an endpoint with a URL or data blob, pass a few parameters at the same time, and have a neatly and true-to-form PDF come back as a response in a few seconds. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

It wasn't immediately clear that there was a sandbox option (watermarked PDFs for testing) so I ended up burning through some of my monthly allotment during initial development. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I needed to generate a single-page PDF that contained dynamic data. In the language I was writing, PDF libraries were either out of date or complicated. I could have figured it out eventually, but handing a service a few dollars a month to solve my problem for me so I can get back to building the rest of the application seemed immensely appealing. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Developer
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
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What do you like best?

Simple to integrate with any stack and also gives the nice option of storing on S3 for a couple of days.

Good documentation. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Haven't come across anything that we don't like so far. It's not complex. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Read the docs, implement and forget about it knowing that Shift is creating your PDFS Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Generating PDFs from customer reports Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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basel
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
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What do you like best?

pdfshift works very good with my css and it has a decent amount of requests free! Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Honestly there is nothing I dislike so far. Maybe that it is not completly free but I didn't find a better / cheaper one so it is the best Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I have to send a bill as an attachment in a mail. This bill has quite complex css (relative width and height, position absolute, tables, @page ect.) and I tried first with tcpdf but almost nothing is supported there so I changed to mPDF which was way better but position: absolute didn't work. I struggled many many hours and tried few others but pdfshift works the best with my css and it has a decent amount of requests free! Very cool thank you. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Software Developer
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
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What do you like best?

The simple and intuitive usage. You'll register and get directly an api key. The api is straight forward and good documented. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Nothing special. Probably I would say the pricing is too high, - but this depends on the viewport I guess. For a big company its a no-brainer. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Just test it out. You'll get 300 converstions for free every month and can increase this without costs if you are doing some steps. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We needed to export user data into a good readable format and send it via e-mail to our customers. We were already able to generate a nice looking webpage (HTML) but we needed a PDF to send it to the customers. So we looked how we can accomplish that. Most packages or services are just not that good.. they don't support css or just very old css tags or they require a desktop environment (instead of a headless server).

PDFShift just worked and it's fast. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Software Developer
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
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What do you like best?

I tried so many converters and after some mails back and forth, PDFShift does exactly, what i need. The support is super friendly and very quick, so it didn't take long to integrate PDFShift into my existing workflow. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

The only thing i noticed when discovering PDFShift a few months ago is, that they include a meta comment that says "Created by PDFShift" (or similar). While this might be okay in most cases, there should be an option (paid?) to remove this information. Not every company (especially those, which are located in the EU) don't want to disclose, that they are using an external service to create their documents (e.g. invoices or other documents, including sensitive informations). Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are currently using PDFShift to automate the creation of service contracts. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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CEO
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
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Review source: Invitation from G2 on behalf of the seller
What do you like best?

The integration was simple and support was quick to respond to any concerns we had during the initial setup.

It's also great that they offer a sandbox version that we can use in our test environments without getting charged. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

It would be great if there was an easy to access dashboard that kept track of usage as well as recently created PDFs. It's not necessary, but it would be nice to ensure all of the recent documents created by PDFShift look correct. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

PDFShift allows us to automate social media reporting for our customers. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Programmer Annalyst
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
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What do you like best?

The API is super easy to use and there is good documentation. I was able to create PDFs in minutes. There are several methods for creating a PDF. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

I haven't found anything that I really dislike. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We were creating PDFs through PHP using fPDF. This was time-consuming and difficult to create. With PDFShift we have been able to do the same thing in about a tenth of the time. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Developer & Founder
Computer & Network Security
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
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Review source: Invitation from G2 on behalf of the seller
What do you like best?

- ease of the API

- quality of results

- reliability of the API Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

- no credit-based pricing, only (for our use-case) unflexible monthly plans Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Instead of having to set up a bunch of libraries ourselves, that all either do not work at all or yield broken results, we now use PDFShift to generate PDF-invoices without much hassle. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
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What do you like best?

The API is very easy to use and adapted to our needs. The customer support is awesome too. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Some security stuff is not working well for the moment Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

No need to install a heavy, complex PDF library. The generation of bills is made very simple. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Integration Engineer
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
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What do you like best?

Responsive service, good product that succeeds to convert web pages that other converters I checked didn't. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Not being able to send invoices to a different email than account's email. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Automatic transmission of invoices to customers. Benefits are time saving and manual work reducing. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
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What do you like best?

Setting up was super easy. Use the api key and the PHP curl snippet provided on their website, and it worked right away. The dev mode enabled to test for free very easily. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

There is nothing I have found yet to dislike. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Open source solutions for rendering pdf are all imperfect. Some don't render css rules properly, others render images, thus making resolution very low. With pdfshift, the pdf rendered is just perfect. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Senior Software Developer
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
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What do you like best?

Document generate in better format can add css Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Fonts can't be add and Arabic language did not work Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I was having problems generating pdf and i could solve them with this Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Product Manager
Insurance
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
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Review source: Invitation from G2 on behalf of the seller
What do you like best?

No dependencies, no code wrangling and simple api Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Nothing until now. I'd love to have some styling feature Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Using npm packages to solve something that should be simple Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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UR
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
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What do you like best?

Documentation seems pretty straight-forward and the API makes sense overall. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Can’t use it offline. This is a bit of an inherent limitation on any API, but some of our developers are offline when they code. It’s not a huge drawback. I wish I had the chance to evaluate it more. Perhaps some more demonstrated use cases and walkthroughs could help. For example, more on handling images (logos), digital signing, generating from HTML with Bootstrap. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

This was a solution to create leases on the fly. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Module Lead
Information Technology and Services
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
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What do you like best?

Its easy to implement PDF stuff with pdfshift Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

May be need more customization option with respect to export, But existing option suits best. May be it can be optimized. to get Images too. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Just use it.. Its easy to implement and time saver. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Export feature. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
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What do you like best?

It's simple to plug into their API and they have great support. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Could be more friendly to CSS3 attributes Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We wanted to make html to pdf a lot easier and make invoices look much better. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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UH
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
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What do you like best?

I like that there is thorough documentation Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

It is a little clunky to use sometimes, and there are a lot of other options available Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We're using this to generate invoices/estimates that are populated from our DB to be sent out as as PDF attachment to an email Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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