Topic: Advanced PDF stuff - time to use jPDF instead?
I'm working on a new project which requires some nifty PDF processing and I would really like to hear other peoples views on how I could manage it.
We need to replace images and/or text in existing PDF Forms, concatenate PDFs and PDF templates and also create thumbnails of generated PDFs - basically a combined online document management, CMS and workflow application. The only thing I have found that supports all of this functionality and does it well is jPDF, which is a commercial Java package.
I've kinda got some simple tests working in Rails with RJB, but the alarm bells are ringing in my head and a little voice is saying I need to take a different approach to this and not run with RJB -the performance is waay worse than the pure java environment and I am worried about the scalability and production performance.
Sooo, should I forsake the awesome productivity of Rails that I have come to love and plump for an all-java solution; should I run with rails for the web tier and delegate the PDF creation and alteration to jPDF via a Java web service; or do something entirely different?
Grateful for your thoughts.
Thanks in advance,