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Overview


The DynamicPDF API - a suite of tools for creating PDFs on the cloud - contains everything your organization needs to create and manipulate PDF documents.

The DynamicPDF API has everything you need for generating and integrating professional PDFs into your applications. Use the DynamicPDF Designer to create professional-looking PDFs graphically.

Use the API Endpoint to integrate DynamicPDF API's capabilities into your own applications.

  • Designer is an online WYSWYG graphical tool for creating PDF documents and reports using no coding.

  • The API Endpoints are a set of REST API endpoints that you can integrate into your existing applications to create PDF pages, convert images to PDFs, and generate PDFs using DLEX documents created using Designer. You can also extract metadata from PDFs and images using The API Endpoints.

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If this is your first time here, be certain to check out our Getting Started page and video. There, you walk through creating a very simple report using the DynamicPDF API Designer. You then call the created report using the DynamicPDF API's dlex-layout endpoint.

DynamicPDF API Features

The DynamicPDF API offers the following functionality for creating and using PDFs on the cloud.

ToolDescriptionUsers Guide Page
DynamicPDF DesignerOnline document and report designer to create PDF reports and documents.Designer
Endpoints
dlex-layoutCreate a PDF using a DLEX document and your data, and return the PDF to your application.dlex-layout
image-infoSend an image to the endpoint and receive JSON metadata describing the image.image-info
pdf-infoSend a PDF to the endpoint and receive JSON metadata describing the PDF.pdf-info
pdf-textSend a PDF to the endpoint and receive JSON metadata containing the PDF's text.pdf-text
pdf-xmpSend a PDF to the endpoint and receive XML metadata containing the PDF's XMP metadata.pdf-xmp
pdfThe pdf endpoint creates a PDF document from one or more of the tasks listed below. Each task can be used independently or with other tasks to merge into a PDF document returned to your application.pdf
dlexCreate a PDF using a DLEX document and your data, and either return PDF or merge with another PDF created using the pdf endpoint.pdf
htmlCreate a PDF from HTML and either return a PDF or merge with another PDF created using the pdf endpoint.pdf
imageCreate a PDF from an image, and either return PDF or merge with another PDF created using the pdf endpoint.pdf
pdfAdd an existing PDF to merge with another PDF created using the pdf endpoint.pdf
pageCreate a new PDF, and either return PDF or merge with another PDF created using the pdf endpoint.pdf

Tutorials/Getting Started

The best way to learn is by doing. Refer to the many tutorials to help you understand the many features the DynamicPDF API offers. There you will find tutorials for using the API endpoints directly using REST calls, tutorials for using our many different client libraries, and tutorials for using the DynamicPDF API Designer to create awesome PDF reports in the cloud.

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All resources are available for download from your cloud storage space using the File Manager. See the section below on the File Manager for more information.

The DynamicPDF API

The DynamicPDF API consists of:

  • The DynamicPDF Designer,
  • The Dashboard,
  • and the API Endpoints.

Figure 1. The DynamicPDF API online application.

Within the Dashboard you will find the Resources/File Manager, Resources/Fonts, Apps and API Keys, Users, Plan and Billing, Reporting, and Help Docs.

The Dashboard

The Dashboard is where you manage your DynamicPDF API account. Use the Dashboard to manage resources, assign apps and app keys, manage users, billing, reporting, and access help documentation.

File Manager

You use the File Manager to manage your resources. The File Manager is how you manage any resources you place in your cloud storage space that is needed by your applications when calling the API endpoints. Use your cloud storage space to store things such as DLEX files, PDF documents, images, and other assets you frequently access via the API endpoints or Designer. For more information on working with your cloud storage space, refer to the File Manager.

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Do not store your sensitive JSON data in the cloud. Store your organization's sensitive data on your local system.

Figure 2. The DynamicPDF API File Manager.

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View your resources like this - if it frequently changes or is sensitive information, such as your organization's data, it belongs on your local system. If it is something like a DLEX file, assets used to generate PDF documents, and things that persist between calls to the API endpoints, it belongs in your cloud storage space.

Sample Resources

Throughout the website numerous code samples are provided. All codes samples have an associated GitHub project. Moreover, all resources in your cloud storage space are available for download using the File Manager. At the top-level of the folder structure you should see a samples folder. Highlighting that folder causes an Add Samples button to appear on the right.

Figure 3. The File Manager layout element's Add Samples functionality.

From the Add Samples button you can then add the resources for the relevant code sample. Clicking on the information icon will open the associated page containing the code sample for the resources.

Figure 4. Selecting the i button opens the associated documentation page containing the code for the relevant resources.

Checking a sample's checkbox and then selecting OK will add the folder and resources for that sample to your cloud storage space.

Figure 5. Adding the Getting Started resources to your cloud storage space using the File Manager.

Apps and API Keys

The Apps and API Keys is where you manage your applications and API keys. You are not required to create multiple applications and API keys. But realize that the API is how you keep track of your usage through Reporting. See the Users Guide section on the Apps and API Keys for more details (Apps and API Keys).

Figure 6. The DynamicPDF API Apps and API Keys.

Users

The Users icon is where you add, edit, and delete users associated with an organization's account. For more details refer to the Users documentation.

Figure 7. Add, edit, and delete users using the User Manager.

Billing

Billing is where you can select and pay for the plan your organization wishes to use. For more information refer to Billing.

Figure 8. Billing is where you select/upgrade your plan.

Reporting

Reporting is where you can review your usage in a convenient report. Go to Reporting for more information.

Figure 9. Reporting displays your DynamicPDF API usage.

The API Endpoints

The API Overview Users Guide provides more information on the API endpoints (API Overview).

EndpointDocumentation
dlex-layoutdlex-layout
image-infoimage-info
pdfpdf
pdf-infopdf-info
pdf-textpdf-text
pdf-xmppdf-xmp

The API Client Libraries

The DynamicPDF API also provides several client libraries you can integrate into your applications. The Users Guide page describing the client APIs provides more information (API Client Libraries).

Access the libraries from the DynamicPDF API GitHub project at https://github.com/dynamicpdf-api.

APIGitHub Location
C#https://github.com/dynamicpdf-api/dotnet-clientG
Gohttps://github.com/dynamicpdf-api/go-client
Javahttps://github.com/dynamicpdf-api/java-client
Node.jshttps://github.com/dynamicpdf-api/nodejs-client
PHPhttps://github.com/dynamicpdf-api/php-client
Pythonhttps://github.com/dynamicpdf-api/python-client
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Refer to each client library's readme.md file on GitHub for documentation on the library.

The DynamicPDF Designer (Online)

The DynamicPDF Designer users guide provides more information on using Designer. Designer is an online graphical editor that makes creating PDF documents and reports easy. Visually layout a report and then you can use that template to merge your JSON data with the DLEX to generate a PDF.

Figure 10. DynamicPDF Designer interface.