I work for a company that heavily leverages Telerik controls in our core applications. I’ve been tasked with exploring the PDF options available in hopes of replacing our current PDF exports with Telerik equivalents to help move away from an unwanted software license.
In exploring the demos and product features it appears to me that rendering HTML content is limited to the RadClientExportManager and therefore is client side only, while server document creation requires the more elemental building of documents by plotting text, and graphics manually via .NET code.
Is this an accurate assessment? What would you recommend to someone wanting to render HTML content on the server where there is no actual browser or user involvement?
We currently convert data populated WebForm pages into PDF files all on the server that are never delivered to a user via browser interaction, or even requested by a browser (automated generation.)
Aside from an HTML source being easier to use and maintain, it would plug right into our existing situation and not require use to reconstruct our forms in C#. That is obviously a more attractive option for us.
I am very impressed with the functionality of the client side rendering, it just doesn’t appear to cover a lot of common use cases that we happen to fall under.