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Possibilities to obtain PDF from DITA

Posted: 16 Nov 2015 01:07 PM PST

     Lately while attending Tekom 2015 and DITA OT Day 2015 I happened to  
come across two more DITA to PDF solutions that I did       not know about  
so I tried to compile below a list of all DITA to PDF possibilities that I  
know       of, along with some details:        Legacy DITA to PDF editing  
solution. It is no longer distribute with DITA OT 2.x and is            
probably not compatible anymore with it.         Default DITA to PDF  
solution embedded in the DITA Open Toolkit distribution. Besides            
Apache FOP you can also use RenderX XEP or Antenna House for publishing.  
It's           customization can be done either via a plugin or via a PDF  
customization folder:  
DITA to PDF using CSS. This open source DITA OT plugin was developed by  
Oxygen           as an alternative to the default PDF publishing. It allows  
styling the DITA content using           CSS and publishing to PDF using  
either Prince XML or Antenna House.         Antenna House DITA OT plugin  
for producing PDF from DITA using Antenna House.           There is also a  
DITA specialization plugin which allows you to set specific            
formatting attributes directly to DITA elements.         The TopLeaf XML  
Publisher commercial product allows you to produce           various  
outputs like PDF and EPUB from XML content. The application also has a  
visual PDF           layout formatter, it comes also with a DITA OT plugin  
and has installation instructions           for  
Miramo, again a commercial solution which recently started developing  
support           for DITA using a DITA OT plugin. Possibly user based DITA  
to PDF publishing will be free           and server based production will  
require buying a license. Like TopLeaf, it also has a           visual PDF  
layout designer.         Adobe FrameMaker can also publish to PDF using its  
own solution.            Now the question would be, why there are so many  
solutions available? In my opinion all these       solutions are available  
because the default DITA to PDF output still requires quite a lot of        
XSLT skills in order to customize. Jarno Elovirta's PDF         plugin  
generator covers some of the mainstream possible customizations but  
not       all.     What do you think?

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