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PDF Conversion Services & Engines Vendor List

I had to evalualte a  few commerical PDF conversion engines some time back for a project. Basically Microsoft Word and other Office formats where required to be converted for futher processing for a solution for a paperless office project. One of the requirements was to support proper Right to Left (RTL) support (Arabic etc) and it could be automated and have API access for embedding.

Below is a list of vendor, note that the approach taken by the vendors are diffrenet in some cases and you need to consider these when it comes to your solutions options and how the jell.




WebKit HTML to PDF

wkhtmltopdf and wkhtmltoimage are open source (LGPL) command line tools to render HTML into PDF and various image formats using the QT Webkit rendering engine. These run entirely “headless” and do not require a display or display service.

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About Backbase

Backbase is a specialized Customer Experience Management (CEM) software company founded in 2003 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Its North American headquarters are in San Francisco, California, and its EMEA headquarter is in Amsterdam.Backbase was founded in 2003 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands by Jouk Pleiter and Gerbert Kaandorp to develop an Ajax framework using HTML, JavaScript and CSS. Backbase used the term Rich Internet Applications to classify its software. In February 2005 Jesse James Garrett coined the term Ajax, after which the classification “Ajax-based Rich Internet Applications” was adopted. In May 2005 the Backbase Community Edition was launched, supported by the Backbase Developer Network[1]. In January 2006 Backbase opened an office in San Francisco, California. In August 2006 the North American headquarters was opened in the San Francisco bay area, with the European headquarters and software development still in Amsterdam. In 2008 the company started to develop Customer Experience Management (CEM) solutions, and evolved from an Ajax technology provider into a Customer Experience Solutions specialist.

Predixis ,Music IP,Acoustic fingerprint,evolution & Niche Markets…

24/08/2010 4 comments

There was a software called Predixis that was once bundled with WinAMP, being a WinAMP user from the 1990’s I had checked it out,it was something that analyzed your music and automatically created play list for you.I wondered why it was taking too much time to analyze my music collection, I was assuming something magical was going to happen but something called Acoustic fingerprinting was taking place.

Predixis suddenly vanished from WinAMP after a couple of years and I forgot about it, later when my music collection was being reorganized I decided to find if Predixis was still available , but it had vanished ? puff no it became MusicIP.

(MusicIP was founded in 2000 as a division of the Parasoft Corporation) then it became AmpliFIND Music Services.

AmpliFIND Music Services (formerly MusicIP) provides a complete digital-music platform, with scalable services and products for every major industry niche. Founded in 2000 as MusicIP, AmpliFIND Music Services provides solutions that connect listeners, artists and enterprises.

For music enterprises, AmpliFIND provides a complete framework for providing track identification and music discovery, spanning from consumer-electronics devices to large-scale label and commerce applications. Consumers can rediscover their music and discover new music with MusicIP’s amazing playlist firmware in partner devices, and in the company’s free MusicIP Mixer for all desktop platforms.

They had open sourced their music fingerprinting technology in order to encourage wide adoption.  The code is here: the choice of licenses looks reasonable.

Well what we see here is the evolution of a technology company through the wave of  events that define the moment.Sometimes you do not stop by you evolve what ever your Niche Markets may be….

DOWNLOAD MusicIP Mixer here

What happen to XAMLON?

Once upon a time there was something called XMALON…..

Software maker Xamlon is looking to let Microsoft developers write Flash applications in their native language.

With the release of Xamlon Pro, Flash Edition, the company is offering software that lets developers write Flash application user interfaces using any .NET-based programming platform, including C# (define) and Visual Basic (define), instead of using Macromedia’s Flash MX tool.


Pre-existing Flash applications and artwork can be imported and integrated into the developed application. Deployed applications only require the Flash runtime on the client.

“Because Flash, unlike .NET applications, can run on any device, this opens up the development of applications for different platforms and form factors, without developers having to actually learn Flash,” said Paul Colton, Xamlon CEO.[1]



BK: What are Xamlon’s product offerings, and how are they used?

PC: Xamlon is a set of technologies to allow developers to develop and deploy Avalon compatible applications today. The Xamlon 1.0 technology includes:

Runtime Engine-offers a large subset of the Avalon feature set (including XAML and vector graphics) in a small runtime. The engine is .NET 1.1 compatible and runs on any .NET 1.1 platform (Windows 98 – Longhorn)

Visual Designer for VS.NET 2003 – Plug-in for Visual Studio.NET 2003 that allows for visual building of Windows Forms applications and generating XAML which is compatible with both our Runtime Engine and Microsoft’s forthcoming Avalon technology.

XamlPad – simple ‘Notepad for XAML’ application which allows for quick prototyping of XAML-based applications. Also includes ability to import and convert (to XAML) Adobe Illustrator SVG files and Windows Forms C# code.

BK: Why would a developer want to use your XAML tools, versus using Microsoft’s development suite?

PC: Microsoft’s doesn’t yet have any development suite for XAML/Avalon, and Avalon/Longhorn isn’t scheduled to be released until late 2006, at the earliest. Xamlon offers a set of XAML solutions today so developers can get started developing and deploying Avalon-compatible applications. That is, they can start using this new paradigm (XAML) for application development and deploy their apps, all the while assuring that when Microsoft eventually releases Avalon, their application will continue to work. In essence, Xamlon gives developers a 2+ year head-start, at a minimum.

BK: What’s your own background, and why did you decide to start Xamlon?

PC: I’m a ‘serial entrepreneur’, as they say. I am concurrently the founder of Photopeer, Inc., a peer-to-peer consumer photo sharing application. Prior to Xamlon and Photopeer, I was the founder of Live Software and the author of JRun, the first commercial Java servlet and JSP engine. Our implementation of JSP (Java Server Pages) was the industry leading implementation, and we learned a lot about declarative programming. When I found out about XAML at the October 2003 PDC conference, I realized that just like JSP, XAML was a technology that needed to be in developers hands today, not when Microsoft was ready to release a new operating system. I secured the domain ( right at the PDC and began development. One year later we’re about to release our 1.0 version, which we’re very excited about. [2]


Using Xamlon for Flash applications, developers can chose to write the user interface in XAML rather than using Flash MX, Macromedia’s propriety development environment for Flash. Alternatively, pre-existing Flash applications and artwork can be imported and integrated into the developed application. The .NET runtime is not required for deployment; deployed applications only require the Flash runtime on the client. [3]


Ref: [1] (March 31, 2005) | [2] (Tuesday, October 5, 2004) [3] (2005)

We were able to track Paul Colton to



The direction of both then Macromedia Flash and Microsoft XAML had changed  by 2005 , Flash was the trend from 1999 onwards until the dot com bust which stopped many thing , most retail websites later moved to standards based css and xhtml etc , retails site once adorned the flash mantle.But as industry voices and standards began to shift CSS and HTML  began to hit mainstream.Flash sorta slept through 2005 to 2007 and woke up in 2008 and in 2010 a lot of soul searching going on at the new Macromedia adobe.XAMLON shows how your cards may fall with you.