How to take PDF Rendering to warp speed in 2020

PDF rendering in warp speed in 2020 | DocShifter

Introduction

Compliance is never far away in the Life Sciences industry. The different health authorities across the globe have set out very specific guidelines when it comes to providing documentation and data. For the right reasons. Life Sciences (pharma, biotech and medical devices) companies spend time and effort to ensure that the information supplied meets these requirements. Not an easy task, as documents live in different systems, versions, digital file formats etc. And that is where standardization comes in. The transformation to a neutral, generally recognized file format such as PDF plays a big role here.

During the entire product life cycle in Life Sciences, PDF files (amongst other formats) are created. PDF ensures consistency, helps to standardize across different departments and platforms. Thus, it helps increase efficiency in document centric processes.

The conversion of different file formats to PDF is often also referred to as ‘document rendering’. Converting documents is generally handled by very specific applications & systems, the so called ‘rendition engines’. This ensures the transformation of one digital file format into another, f.e. PDF.

Document rendering can be done in different ways. The most common approaches are:

  1. By making use of the ‘authoring’ application that was used to author the original document (Microsoft Word, OpenOffice, Microsoft Excel, etc.)
  2. Standalone document rendering, without using the authoring application(s).

Both approaches are very different, and vary greatly in terms of speed, quality, configurability. This article further explains the inherent differences of both.

About the author – Paul Ireland 

Paul Ireland - VP Life Sciences - DocShifter

20+ years in helping to provide regulatory software and service solutions to Life Sciences organisations globally. Industry and commercial experience in delivering Content Rendering, Regulatory Information Management, Submission and Report-level Publishing, and Electronic Document Management solutions. 

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