Appligent Inc., Lansdowne, Pa., has released the first component of its Web services product platform to manipulate
portable document format (PDF) files.
APConductor enables Appligent's applications to be plugged into a workflow via an XML-based Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP) messaging framework, the company said. APConductor acts as a central dispatcher, directing requests from other applications to Appligent's families of PDF processing components and returning the finished results. It also lets developers assemble PDF solutions by using a Web services interface to communicate with Appligent's component plug-ins.
APConductor is the first Appligent's Web services product family, a server-based backbone for customizing PDF documents. It can be used in both .NET and Java 2 Enterprise Edition environments, according to Appligent.