Athena PDF

Convert HTML to PDF - no frills, robust and fast.

#5 Product of the DayApril 12, 2016
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Jamie Akers
Jamie Akers@jamiequackers · QA Engineer and Geek, Hitachi
What's the difference between this and the Print to PDF function in Chrome? No insult intended, genuinely interested to find the value-add of this
Noel Diaz
Noel Diaz@noeldiaz
@jamiequackers Looks like it is a container you can deploy to set up your own PDF conversion microservice. Like for your website. Looks pretty nice. Downloading to try it now right now.
Guy Podjarny
Guy PodjarnyHunter@guypod · Founder, Snyk
@jamiequackers I believe it's a totally different use-case. The intent here is not that you print pages you've manually browed into PDFs, but rather that you automate it. A few sample use-cases that come to mind: - Allow a website to provide a "Share this article/product/page with a friend" and email them a PDF - Let your app/crawler create snapshots of pages you've found (e.g. via RSS, search) as PDF - Extract text or full page into PDF for viewing in a non-browser env, like within an app Basically anything where the PDF conversion needs to be done on a server, not a client.
Jamie Akers
Jamie Akers@jamiequackers · QA Engineer and Geek, Hitachi
@guypod Oh that's awesome - the single line spiel doesn't make that clear! Already seeing a use for this to take KB articles/Tech digest on the road on my Kindle
ArachnysMaker@arachnys · CEO, Arachnys
@jamiequackers - @guypod is totally right. There is an open source tool called wkhtmltopdf that lots of people already use for this, but it relies on some outdated components. Athena's basically a drop-in replacement.
Joshua Pinter
Joshua Pinter@joshuapinter · Product at CNTRAL. Maker of ntwrk.
@arachnys @jamiequackers @guypod Interesting. We're using wkhtmltopdf in our Rails app to generate PDFs. Do I need to fire up a docker in order to use Athena?
David@miscalzoncillos · UX Designer at Telefónica I+D
Simple and useful!! Thanks @guypod 👍
Chris Buttenham
Chris Buttenham@chrisbuttenham · Founder & CEO -
Anyway to reverse the technology and go PDF to HTML?
ArachnysMaker@arachnys · CEO, Arachnys
@chrisbuttenham by far the best tool I'm aware of is There's also a project from Mozilla, PDF.js, that actually parses and renders PDFs in the browser:
Chris Buttenham
Chris Buttenham@chrisbuttenham · Founder & CEO -
@arachnys Thank you!
Amit@amits510 · Tech Fanatic
@arachnys this is great info. Thanks.
Ryan Stenson
Ryan Stenson@ryanstenson · Head of Product at Earnest
Similarly, any way to go from xml or json to html then PDF?
Patrick Coombe
Patrick Coombe@patrickcoombe · CEO, Elite Strategies Llc
is the text actual text or is it an image?
ArachnysMaker@arachnys · CEO, Arachnys
@patrickcoombe Actual text
Peter Green
Peter GreenHiring@petergreeny · designer / founder / @joinrepublic / NYC
I like the guy on the photos actually has a different face expression when in "Athena" mode :D