PDF Automation Server (PAS) can receive PDF documents from multiple sources concurrently, including email, FTP servers, and local or network folders. Processes can then be defined independently for each document source to perform a number of different functions on the documents. Finally, PAS can route the original or modified document to multiple destinations, including folders, printers, email, and FTP servers. PAS supports the following PDF processing functions: printing, setting security, conversion to images, merging, flattening, and extraction of form field data, importing, exporting, and flattening of annotations, text extraction, assembling, splitting, merging, digital signatures, and stamping.
The ReportLab Toolkit is a library for programatically creating documents in PDF format. It can quickly and easily create or automate complex, data-driven documents. It features a real document layout engine, flowable objects (such as paragraphs, headlines, tables, images, and graphics), support for embedded Type-1 or TTF fonts, support for Asian, Hebrew, and Arabic characters, support for bitmap images in any popular format, support for vector graphics, a library of reusable primitive shapes, and an extensible widget library. It includes simple demos and more complex tools. It allows for any data sources.