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Conceptual Overview Diagram

General Information

No Server Deployment Fees

There are no distribution fees, per-server licensing fees, or royalties, making Essential PDF very cost-effective.

Blazing Fast Performance

Optimized for usage in a server environment where speed and low memory usage is critical.

Powerful and Comprehensive API

All the elements in a typical PDF document like text, formatting, images, shapes, and tables are accessible through a comprehensive set of APIs.

Create, Modify, and Save PDF Files

Essential PDF gives you the ability to create PDF documents from scratch and save them to disk or stream with just a few lines of code. Existing documents can also be opened and manipulated.

Fully Documented

Syncfusion Essential PDF comes with extensive documentation, Knowledge Base, and samples.

PDF Forms

Create Forms

Creates AcroForm or XFA forms from scratch or existing documents to collect information from the users.

Edit Forms

Move fields around. Change fields border color, fonts, size etc. Add, delete and edit form fields.

Fill Forms

Fills AcroForm or XFA forms with database information quickly, easily, and effortlessly or directly from internet or intranet user.

Flatten Forms

Flattens AcroForm or XFA forms to remove the editing capability of the document.


Merge or Append PDF

Merges different PDF documents or pages into single PDF document to archive or to add title pages to the document.

Split PDF

Splits a PDF document of many pages into smaller PDF document to remove unwanted pages, blank pages and more.


Rearrange the pages within the PDF document to make the PDF document more meaningful.


Creates portfolio that allows to bundle the related documents together. Supports extraction and deletion of files from portfolio.


Watermark existing PDF

Existing documents can be loaded and stamped with text or images.

Replace fonts and images

Embedded images and fonts in an existing document can be replaced with an alternate resource.

Extract Images and Text from PDF

Text and embedded images in a document can be extracted and saved to disk. It is also preserve the layout of text in PDF during its extraction.


Data Binding

Data can be easily imported from object array, data set, data table, or IEnumerable collection.


Creates richly formatted tables to keep your data organized, with both basic and advanced operations on cells, rows, and columns.


Built-in table styles are available and it will appear as Microsoft Word table styles. More advanced styling options are also available.


Encrypt and Decrypt PDFs

Essential PDF supports both AES and RC4 encryption algorithms as per the ISO 32000 standards and PDF 2.0 security to protect documents against unauthorized access.

Digitally Sign PDF Files

Documents can be digitally signed using x509 certificates such as .pfx files with private keys and support for Hardware Security Module (HSM), Online Certificate Status Protocol (OCSP), Certificate Revocation List (CRL) and Windows Certificate Store to offer authenticity and integrity.



Converts HTML from a URL, file, or string to PDF. The converter offers full support for HTML tags, HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript, SVG, MHTML, and page breaks. More Info

Office document to PDF

Essential PDF can convert Microsoft Office documents such as Word, Excel, Presentation, and various other formats such as TIFF, RTF, and XAML documents to PDF.

Fixed document formats to PDF

Converts fixed document format such as XML Paper Specification (XPS), Open XML Paper Specification (OXPS) to PDF.

Vector Graphics to PDF

Converts vector graphics formats such as Enhanced Metafile (EMF), Windows Metafile (WMF), Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) to PDF.

PDF to Image

Converts PDF documents into single page or multi-page raster images such as TIFF, JPEG.

Scanned document to searchable PDF

Scanned PDF documents containing embedded images can be converted to searchable and text selectable PDF documents through Optical Character Recognition (OCR).

Interactive Elements


Add, edit, and remove comments with highlight, mark-up, free text, and 17+ annotations.

PDF Actions

Adds pre-defined actions like form actions, launch actions, named actions and so on., to attachments, form fields, and annotations and also supports custom PDF JavaScript action.


Adds bookmarks to the PDF document to allow navigation interactively from one part of the PDF document to another. Editing and deletion of bookmarks are also supported.


Add, extract, and delete attachments from the PDF document. The attachments can be of any file format.



Creates tagged PDF or PDF/UA with the standard compliant of section 508 for the people who require assistive technologies when reading electronic content.

Optimize PDF

Optimize the existing PDF document, to reduce the file size, control metadata, image and font options


1D barcode

Creates 1D or Linear barcode in the PDF document with vector quantity and support to save as raster image. Supported 1D barcodes are code39, codabar, code128a, and more.

2D barcode

Creates 2D in the PDF document with vector quantity and support to save as raster image. Supported 2D barcodes are QR code and Data Matrix.

Feature Matrix

Document and Page Features .NET Framework UWP Xamarin and .NET Core
Create a PDF document from scratch or modify an existing document.
Save the PDF document to a local or storage file.
Save the PDF document to a stream.
Open existing PDF documents from local or storage file.
Open existing PDF documents from stream.
Standard and custom page sizes.
Portrait and landscape orientations.
Document properties.
XMP metadata.
Custom metadata.
PDF standards conformance such as to PDFA1/B and PDF X1-A.
Viewer preferences.
PDF portfolio.
Page layers.
Headers and footers.
Page labels.
Automatic fields such as page number field, date field, etc., for specific pages or the entire document.
Tagged PDF with section 508 compliant.
Add digital signatures using x509 certificates.
Encrypt/decrypt PDF using 40-bit and 128-bit RC4 algorithm.
Encrypt/decrypt PDF using 128-bit and 256-bit AES algorithm.
Encrypt/decrypt PDF using 256-bit AES algorithm with revision 6.
PDF contents .NET Framework UWP Xamarin and .NET Core
Add single, multiline, and multipage text with various standard and TrueType fonts.
Align text in RTL format for languages such as Arabic, Hebrew, etc.
Add formatted text to PDF from HTML tags.
Apply text formatting including colors, alignments, line and character spacing, etc.
Embed JPEG and PNG images.
Embed TIFF images.
Embed vector images such as EMF and SVG.
Create masked images using soft and image masking techniques.
Paginate images across multiple pages.
Add watermarks to the document using text or images.
Create richly formatted tables that can span across multiple pages.
Add geometrical shapes like lines, rectangles, paths, curves, etc., to the page graphics.
Apply pen and brush for graphic elements such as text, shapes, etc.
Support for various color spaces such as CalRGB, CalGray, Indexed, Separation, etc.
Apply patterns and shadings to the graphics.
Insert hyperlinks that can navigate to a web page, remote file, or even to a different region in the same document.
14 types of standard or base fonts.
CJK (Chinese, Japanese, and Korean) fonts.
TrueType fonts.
Unicode TrueType fonts.
Tables .NET Framework UWP Xamarin and .NET Core
Import from different datasources.
Strongly typed IEnumerable objects.
Add row, column, cell, and table formatting.
Add row headers that can be repeated for all the pages.
Paginate tables across multiple pages with the ability to handle horizontal overflow.
Merge rows and columns.
Create nested tables that span across pages.
Forms .NET Framework UWP Xamarin and .NET Core
Create and modify forms.
Support for form fields like push button field, check box field, radio button field, text box field, list field, and combo box field.
Remove or reposition form fields.
Flatten the entire form or specific fields in the documents.
Import and export form data from FDF, XFDF, and XML files.
XFA forms.
Document Conversions .NET Framework UWP and Xamarin .NET Core
Convert HTML from URL/disk/string to PDF.
Convert Word documents to PDF.
Convert Excel and PowerPoint presentation to PDF.
Convert Rich Text Format (RTF) files to PDF.
Convert XPS to PDF document with native graphics.
Optical Character Recognition .NET Framework
Recognize text in scanned PDF documents and PDF with embedded raster images.
Recognize text in images.
Bar Codes .NET Framework UWP Xamarin and .NET Core
One-dimensional bar codes such as Code 39, Code 39 Extended, Code 11, Codabar, Code 32, Code 93, Code 93 Extended, Code 128A, Code 128B, UPC bar code, and Code 128C bar codes.
Two-dimensional bar codes such as QR Code and Data Matrix bar code.
Interactive Elements .NET Framework UWP Xamarin and .NET Core
Add annotations with associated notes.
Embed files as attachments.
Create/modify bookmarks for easier navigation.
Apply actions for elements such as form fields, bookmarks, links, etc.
Flatten the entire annotation or specific annotation in the documents.
Annotation Types
Attachment Annotation
Document Link Annotation
File Link Annotation
Ink Annotation
Line Annotation
3-D Annotation
Circle Annotation
Ellipse Annotation
FreeText Annotation
Polygon Annotation
Rectangle Annotation
Square Annotation
Text Markup Annotation
Pop-up Annotation
Rubber Stamp Annotation
Sound Annotation
URI Annotation
Action Types
Form Action
Goto Action
JavaScript Action
Launch Action
Named Action
Field Action
Reset Action
Sound Action
Submit Action
URI Action



File Formats

$ 995

One developer per license

Developer Platform

Essential Studio

$ 1,995

One developer per license


Unlimited Global License

Cover everyone in your organization for one low annual fee

800 web, desktop, and mobile controls
Predictive Analytics
File Formats (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and PDF)
Dashboard Platform
Big Data Platform
Report Platform
Data Integration Platform
Dedicated Account Representative
Quarterly product releases
Support within 24 hours on all business days
Licensing Mangement Portal
Commercial Use
Max Developer Count
1 per license
1 per license
Coverage Period
1 year
1 year
1 year



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