The PDF Converter for SharePoint Online as well as the on-premise product are both based on the same mature processing engine that handles conversion, merging, watermarking, securing and OCR processing. However, due to limitations in the SharePoint Online platform, and significant architectural differences, both products do not (yet) share the same end-user facilities.
Our aim is to provide full feature parity between the 2 products. Please note that the Online App can also be installed in SharePoint on-premise.
Please find below an overview of the similarities as well as the key differences.
- Based on the exact same mature processing engine.
- Exact same SharePoint Designer Workflow Activities.
- Exact same SharePoint User Interface to convert and merge files.
- Support for the exact same file types, with the exception of 3rd party converters (available in custom subscriptions only).
- Support for PDF/A for long time archiving.
- Support for OCR to make scanned / faxed content discoverable.
- Support for real-time watermarking & Security.
- Free software updates.
- Access to premium support desk. (Read independent reviews)
- No direct Nintex Workflow support due to lack of 3rd party integration facilities in Nintex for Office 365. As a workaround trigger a SharePoint Designer workflow from Nintex Workflow, or invoke our REST interface from Nintex for Office 365 as per this blog post.
- No K2 workflow support due to lack of 3rd party integration facilities in that product.
As a workaround trigger a SharePoint Designer workflow from K2.
- Different API, the PDF Converter for SharePoint Online uses a REST based service.
- No (HTML to PDF) conversion of URLs that reside in SharePoint.
As a workaround merge meta-data into MS-Word or watermark meta-data into templates.
- No access to the underlying config files to 'tweak' settings.
As a workaround use our XML syntax to override settings during conversion.
- Due to the nature of the underlying platforms, both products are licensed completely differently.
- The SharePoint Online edition is much easier to install, the back-end is monitored and maintained by Muhimbi.