PRODUCT COMPARISONS

A Comparison between IronPDF and Innovasys Document! X

Updated October 12, 2022
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The Portable Document Format (PDF) is the most widely used format for storing text, links, buttons, pictures and other data in a single file. Without a PDF API for C#, manipulating PDFs in the C# programming language is nearly difficult. In this post, we'll look at how to interact with and alter PDFs using two distinct APIs, as well as evaluate their performance, features, and licensing. This post will go over the following PDF libraries:

  • IronPDF
  • Innovasys

2. IronPDF

IronPDF is a robust HTML-to-PDF conversion API. IronPDF is an excellent option for converting HTML sites in .NET and .NET CORE development. It not only converts HTML but also performs a number of other tasks. IronPDF enables developers to generate, modify and retrieve PDF files from .NET Core and framework. Developers may quickly generate or modify PDFs from HTML sites by using the IronPDF module.

Using IronPDF, PDF is simple to edit, stamp and add headers and footers to. It also makes reading PDF text and extracting images a breeze. To convert HTML pages to PDF files, IronPDF employs a .NET Chromium engine.

2.1. Features

2.1.1. PDF Conversions

This feature includes PDF creations from different formats such as HTML, HTML Strings, MVC views, Web Forms, and URLs.

2.1.2. PDF Imaging

This allows users to generate images from PDFs and vice-versa. It includes image extraction, support for different image extensions and PDF printing.

2.1.3. PDF Files IO

IronPDF also provides the features for the 128-bit-encryption of PDFs, locking PDFs with passwords, and digitally signing PDFs.

2.1.4. Editing PDFs

This feature of IronPDF provides all types of PDF formatting such as adding watermarks, adding pages, removing pages, backgrounds, foregrounds and much more. In short, IronPDF provides all the capabilities you need for manipulating PDFs.

2.1.5. PDF Content Extraction

In many cases, you can extract embedded text from PDFs directly. If that doesn't work, your text is probably embedded in an image. Use the IronOCR library to scan for visual text.

2.1.6. Headers and Footers

Headers and footers can be added when a PDF is created or to existing PDFs. The Print Options property allows you to craft a header and footer for each page. Access these options on the Chrome PDF Renderer object.

2.1.7. Compatibility

IronPDF supports almost all operating systems and frameworks compatible with C#, including the following:

  • Windows
  • .NET CORE 2.1, 3.0, 3.1, .NET 6 & 5
  • .NET Standard 2.0 Compliance for Universal Compatibility
  • Azure
  • AWS
  • Docker
  • Linux

3. Innovasys

Innovasys is a subsidiary company of Orbis Technologies Inc., a global pioneer in offering clients with revolutionary content management software, solutions, and services.

It is an industry leader in assistance authoring software. Founded in 1997, the company is dedicated to developing solutions that enable developers and technical writers globally to generate professional quality documentation, assistance system, and processes with minimal effort.

3.1. Innovasys Features

3.1.1. Content Authoring

The revolutionary 'Full page edit' feature allows you to modify material immediately within a preview of the generated page.

3.1.2. Complete documentation solution

The Editions and Versions capability enables you to publish numerous variants of your Browser Help output and allows to choose between the various editions and/or variations you have published.

3.1.3. External Content

Import existing material from HTML documents, or if the content must be controlled outside of document, you may link directly to a web URL to keep content in the produced documentation in sync every time you import.

3.1.5. Customization

Add more material with ease. Change the appearance of the Table of Contents. Provide output property values such as Watermark and Feedback Link.

3.1.6. Publishing

Publish content to Azure, IIS Web Sites, FTP, or network locations automatically; gradual publishing simply uploads files that have changed since the last time they were published.

3.1.7. .NET Documentation

Visual Studio comment generator for C#, Visual Basic .NET, and C++/CLI allows developers to write extra material immediately within the view of the automatically created page.

4. Creating a New Project in Visual Studio

Open the Visual Studio software and go to the File menu. Select "New Project" and then select console application. In this article, we are going to use a console application to generate PDF document.

Enter the name and select the path in the appropriate text box. Then, click the Create button. Select the required .NET framework, as in the screenshot below:

1 Create New Project

Create New Project

The Visual Studio will now generate the structure for the selected application, and if you have selected the console, Windows or web application, it will open the Program.cs file where you can enter the code and build/run the application.

2 Program.cs

Program.cs

Now we can add the library and test the program.

5. Install the IronPDF Library

The IronPDF library can be downloaded and installed in four different ways. These are:

  • Using the Visual Studio NuGet Package Manager
  • Using the Visual Studio Command-Line
  • Direct Download from the NuGet webpage
  • Direct Download from the IronPDF webpage

5.1 Using the Visual Studio NuGet Package Manager

The Visual Studio software provides the NuGet Package Manager option to install the package directly to the solution. The below screenshot shows how to open the NuGet Package Manager.

3 NuGet Package Manager

NuGet Package Manager

It provides a search box to show the list of available package libraries from the NuGet website. In the package manager, we need to search for the keyword "IronPDF", as in the below screenshot:

4 Installing IronPDF

Installing IronPDF

In the above image, we can see the list of related packages from the search. We need to select the IronPDF option and install the package to our solution.

5.2 Using the Visual Studio Command-Line**

  • In the Visual Studio menu, Go to Tools > NuGet Package Manager > Package manager console
  • Enter the following line in the package manager console tab:
Install-Package IronPdf

Now the package will download/install and is ready to use.

5 Package Manager Console

Package Manager Console

5.3 Direct Download from the NuGet Webpage

The third way is to download the NuGet package directly from the webpage.

  • Navigate to the Link https://www.nuget.org/packages/IronPdf/
  • Select the download package option from the menu on the right-hand side.
  • Double-click the downloaded package; it will be installed automatically.
  • Now reload the solution and begin using it.

5.4 Direct Download from the IronPDF Webpage**

Click the link here to download the latest package directly from the webpage. After the download, follow the steps below to add the package.

  • Right-click the project from the solution window.
  • Then, select option reference and browse the location of the downloaded reference.
  • Next, click OK to add the reference.

6. Innovasys Tools For Developers/ Technical Writers

Innovasys provides two main products for documentation handling. Both come with their own interfaces and also exist in single combined interface. They can be easily installed from their own website as well as from Software.informer.com. Here is the link to download.

After you click Download, the ZIP file should appear in the downloads folder. After that just extract and run the EXE file to open the application.

The products are

  • Document! X
  • HelpStudio

To download these from company's website just go on their website and download from downloads section.

6.1. Document! X

This is a one-of-a-kind complete Visual Editor for your VB .NET, C#, F#, JavaScript, and C++/CLI source code comments. The Visual Comment Editor, which is integrated directly with the Visual Studio, allows you to make and update comments right inside an accessible preview of the generated documentation. The Visual Editor comments are added back to your code base in standard XML form.

It helps in generating automated documentations for your source code using the comments listed in them and produces a simple view of the code automatically.

Below image contains what it does.

7 Document! X

Document! X

6.2. HelpStudio

HelpStudio is the quickest and easiest method to design, publish and integrate procedures, and help systems with your desktop, online, or mobile applications and subsystems.

Generate output in the Microsoft Help Viewer, HTML Help or Help 2.x that is automatically responsive for tablet and mobile, cross-platform Browser Help, or printable PDF. With built-in localization capabilities, you may take your assistance system to a worldwide audience if necessary.

This tool is used to generate the Help documentation of software for users to use if they face any problems. It is also capable of creating multiple output help documents for single solution.

Below image shows what HelpStudio generated help output file look like.

8 HelpStudio

HelpStudio

6.3. Creating PDF booklet

To generate PDF booklet, first open "Document! X & HelpStudio".

New starting window will appear. In this new window, click New Booklet.

9 PDF Booklet

PDF Booklet

After clicking on the New Booklet, a new window will appear.

In this new window, enter the name of the new booklet and select the file you want to add in the booklet.

It also contains a lot of different settings scattered in different tabs that contains different variables to control PDF booklet.

Once you are satisfied with the settings, click Build the Booklet in the end of booklet window.

10 Building Booklet

Building Booklet

It will take some time to generate PDF booklet. After the wait, the new window will appear containing the link of newly generated PDF file.

7. IronPDF Working

IronPDF offers a complete tool-set to maintain and manipulate documents using C# .NET programming language. IronPDF provides many methods for documentation but in this article we will discuss only few of them.

7.1. URL to PDF

Using only these three lines of code, you can generate a PDF in C# using a URL, just as in the previous example. The code below shows how to generate PDF files from a URL.

using IronPdf;
var Renderer = new IronPdf.ChromePdfRenderer();
// Generate a PDF from a URL or local file path
var pdf = Renderer.RenderUrlAsPdf("https://www.amazon.com/?tag=hp2-brobookmark-us-20");
// Export to a file or Stream
pdf.SaveAs("url.pdf");
using IronPdf;
var Renderer = new IronPdf.ChromePdfRenderer();
// Generate a PDF from a URL or local file path
var pdf = Renderer.RenderUrlAsPdf("https://www.amazon.com/?tag=hp2-brobookmark-us-20");
// Export to a file or Stream
pdf.SaveAs("url.pdf");
Imports IronPdf
Private Renderer = New IronPdf.ChromePdfRenderer()
' Generate a PDF from a URL or local file path
Private pdf = Renderer.RenderUrlAsPdf("https://www.amazon.com/?tag=hp2-brobookmark-us-20")
' Export to a file or Stream
pdf.SaveAs("url.pdf")
VB   C#

Here is the output of the above code.

11 URL to PDF

URL to PDF

To know more about URL to PDF using IronPDF, please visit this link.

7.2. HTML to PDF

It's quite easy to convert HTML to PDF using the IronPDF C# .NET library.

var pdf = new ChromePdfRenderer();
PdfDocument doc = pdf.RenderHtmlAsPdf("<h1>This is a heading</h1>");
mypdf.SaveAs("FirstPDFDocument.pdf");
var pdf = new ChromePdfRenderer();
PdfDocument doc = pdf.RenderHtmlAsPdf("<h1>This is a heading</h1>");
mypdf.SaveAs("FirstPDFDocument.pdf");
Dim pdf = New ChromePdfRenderer()
Dim doc As PdfDocument = pdf.RenderHtmlAsPdf("<h1>This is a heading</h1>")
mypdf.SaveAs("FirstPDFDocument.pdf")
VB   C#
12 HTML to PDF

HTML to PDF

For more information on how HTML to PDF is done using IronPDF, please follow the following link.

7.3. Watermarking using IronPDF

IronPDF includes ways for 'watermarking' PDF files using HTML. Watermarks may be adjusted to appear above or below existing content and include opacity, rotation and hyperlinks.

using IronPdf;
var Renderer = new IronPdf.ChromePdfRenderer();
var Pdf = Renderer.RenderUrlAsPdf("https://www.nuget.org/packages/IronPdf");
Pdf.WatermarkAllPages("<h2 style='color:red'>SAMPLE</h2>", IronPdf.Editing.WaterMarkLocation.MiddleCenter, 50, -45, "https://www.nuget.org/packages/IronPdf");
Pdf.SaveAs(@"C:\Path\To\Watermarked.pdf");
using IronPdf;
var Renderer = new IronPdf.ChromePdfRenderer();
var Pdf = Renderer.RenderUrlAsPdf("https://www.nuget.org/packages/IronPdf");
Pdf.WatermarkAllPages("<h2 style='color:red'>SAMPLE</h2>", IronPdf.Editing.WaterMarkLocation.MiddleCenter, 50, -45, "https://www.nuget.org/packages/IronPdf");
Pdf.SaveAs(@"C:\Path\To\Watermarked.pdf");
Imports IronPdf
Private Renderer = New IronPdf.ChromePdfRenderer()
Private Pdf = Renderer.RenderUrlAsPdf("https://www.nuget.org/packages/IronPdf")
Pdf.WatermarkAllPages("<h2 style='color:red'>SAMPLE</h2>", IronPdf.Editing.WaterMarkLocation.MiddleCenter, 50, -45, "https://www.nuget.org/packages/IronPdf")
Pdf.SaveAs("C:\Path\To\Watermarked.pdf")
VB   C#
13 PDF Booklet

Watermark PDf

7.4. Images To PDF

The IronPdf.ImageToPdfConverter Class makes it simple to generate PDF documents from one or more image files.

using IronPdf;
using System.IO;
using System.Linq;

// Fetch one or more images as IEnumerable. This example selects all JPEG images in a specific 'assets' folder.
var ImageFiles = System.IO.Directory.EnumerateFiles("assets").Where(f => f.EndsWith(".jpg") || f.EndsWith(".jpeg"));

// Converts the images to a PDF and save it.
ImageToPdfConverter.ImageToPdf(ImageFiles).SaveAs("composite.pdf");
using IronPdf;
using System.IO;
using System.Linq;

// Fetch one or more images as IEnumerable. This example selects all JPEG images in a specific 'assets' folder.
var ImageFiles = System.IO.Directory.EnumerateFiles("assets").Where(f => f.EndsWith(".jpg") || f.EndsWith(".jpeg"));

// Converts the images to a PDF and save it.
ImageToPdfConverter.ImageToPdf(ImageFiles).SaveAs("composite.pdf");
Imports IronPdf
Imports System.IO
Imports System.Linq

' Fetch one or more images as IEnumerable. This example selects all JPEG images in a specific 'assets' folder.
Private ImageFiles = System.IO.Directory.EnumerateFiles("assets").Where(Function(f) f.EndsWith(".jpg") OrElse f.EndsWith(".jpeg"))

' Converts the images to a PDF and save it.
ImageToPdfConverter.ImageToPdf(ImageFiles).SaveAs("composite.pdf")
VB   C#

8. Licensing

IronPDF offers a free developer license library. IronPDF also has a unique pricing structure: the light bundle starts at $749 with no hidden fees. SaaS and OEM items can also be redistributed. All licenses include a 30-day money-back guarantee, a year's worth of software support and updates, development/testing/staging/production eligibility, and a perpetual licensing (one-time purchase). IronPDF licenses offer maximum performance for user requirements and easy access. Visit this Link to learn more about IronPDF's pricing and license options.

14 IronPDF License

IronPDF License

Innovasys offers three different licenses to its customers for the services they manage to provide.

  1. Document! X (Annual Subscription)
  2. HelpStudio (Annual Subscription)
  3. Document! X and HelpStudio Bundle (Annual Subscription)

Their prices starts from $711 per year for both but for the bundle they charge $1233.

For more information on pricing, please visit the following link.

15 Innovasys License

Innovasys License

9. Conclusion

IronPDF is a free tool for independent developers that offers a number of capabilities as well as the ability to change and convert PDF files to other formats. IronPDF offers the greatest PDF editing and formatting available. When you convert HTML to PDF, you get a vector file that is appropriate for high-quality commercial printing. As a result, you will receive a PDF that is clear and of good quality.

Innovasys is one of the few market leading companies for documentation. They mainly focus on creating automation for documentation and HTML help pages. The company has two products, the first one is Document! X that provide automation using comments on the code and provides you with syntax and the second is HelpStudio used to generate Help documents for software products.

IronPDF licenses are developer-based, thus you should always buy a license depending on the number of developers that will be using the software. It also supports OME and SaaS distribution and provides a closed-source product contact. IronPDF licenses are cost effective and one-time purchase and you can use them for a lifetime. Innovasys provides single developer based license with yearly subscription and does not support OME and SaaS distribution. It offers yearly licenses.

Both PDF tools strive in what they do but IronPDF provides simple and easy way to generate PDFs. It is fast and save its customers from huge loading time and waiting time. IronPDF generates PDF in a blink of an eye. On the other hand, Innovasys has a complex interface and it is hard to use for control and analysis. IronPDF can be easily integrated in the bot and makes all the processes automatic. By briefly comparing both companies, there is only one conclusion i.e, IronPDF is simple, efficient and reliable.

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