In addition to the option of converting Word, Excel, and PowerPoint documents with the integrated "Outside In" converter, webPDF also offers the option of connecting Microsoft Office (for version information, see technical requirements). In order to do this, you will need a locally installed instance of Office, which will be connected to webPDF with the use of OLE Automation. "webPDF Office Bridge" will be used to control OLE Automation and connect Office to webPDF.
With webPDF Office Bridge, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint documents can be converted with the original Microsoft Office.
Running webPDF and Office under a user account
If webPDF is being run as a service, this will normally be done using the local system account (default configuration for installation routine). In order for webPDF to be able to access Microsoft Office, both webPDF and Office (each individual application) must be run under a single user account if the webPDF server is started as a service. Please refer to the "Configuring Office Bridge" document and manually carry out the corresponding configuration steps.
Configuring and enabling "Office Bridge" in webPDF
To use "Office Bridge”, it must first be enabled in the "conf/application.xml" configuration. To do this, use the portal’s Admin area. Once there, go to "Services -> Converter" to enable Office Bridge.
If you do this through the portal, the configuration will be stored in
is stored in the user database. You can use the "enabled" option to enable (true) or disable (false) the use of "Office Bridge". This setting in the server configuration will enable the general use of Office Bridge.
In order to run the conversion through Office Bridge in an individual web service call now, you will need to set the "officeBridge" parameter in the "Converter" web service call. Without this parameter, webPDF will continue to use Outside In for the conversion.