Re: [ruby-81] Web API service for creating and converting MS Word, RTF and PDF documents?

From: user 3.
Sent on: Wednesday, February 24, 2010 9:29 PM
Thanks for that Aaron and Billy.

You are correct the service we need is already written and running.? I forgot to mention that my short to mid-term goal for this client is to get away from them having to manage their own servers, and we'd like to deploy everything on Heroku.? If we have to maintain another server for this service, then the IT overhead doesn't reduce that much and we might as well stay on our own servers, and mess with Capistrano, etc...

Open Office in headless is another interesting consideration, but it again requires to maintain our own servers.? And if we go that route, we already got the jruby/itext based solution.

But I like the creative thought on this.? Much appreciated.

Wolf

On Sat, Feb 20, 2010 at 11:23 AM, Billy <[address removed]> wrote:
Not exactly what you're looking for, but you can install Open Office in headless mode on the server you're working on, and send your documents to convert to it via the command line :) Headless mode just means terminal mode with no UI, and there are many examples online about the scripts you need to write to convert certain documents. Good luck to you.

Billy

On Fri, Feb 19, 2010 at 5:24 PM, Aaron Blohowiak <[address removed]> wrote:
it sounds like you already wrote the service you want to consume. ?it seems like getting an additional hosting requirement for your jruby service is easier than rewriting all of your client code to conform to a new API. ?So, i'd just get a slice from slicehost and run your jruby service on there and "pretend" like it is the web service you are looking for...

-Aaron


On Fri, Feb 19, 2010 at 5:16 PM, Wolfram Arnold <[address removed]> wrote:
I'm working with a client with an existing Rails application that generates Microsoft Word, RTF and PDF documents as (downloadable) output.? It's important that this output contain paragraph formatting correctly (such hanging indents for paragraphs).

The application currently runs a background jruby server which uses the itext Java library http://itextpdf.com/ as document generation library which can output RTF (good enough for MS Word) and PDF.? For various reasons, notably hosting restrictions, we want to get away from the requirement of needing to link to a Java library, and would prefer to use a web API service instead.

Google Docs does offer such a service, to create documents via api and download them in various formats.? However the fidelity of paragraph formatting is not good enough for our purposes.? Also terms of use and traffic/data volume limits could be a concern with Google Docs.

I'd be curious for any suggests of services you know of or have tried, and their commercial viability (uptime, reliability, price point).

Thanks,

Wolf



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