TFORMer SDK: Report Generator SDK

Multi-platform reporting software (report generator) with barcode support: Layouts can be directly printed or generated as PDF, HTML, PostScript®, bitmap graphic or ZPL-II. The output is based on the graphical layout.

zoomed-in report showing a table with the columns Quantity, Unit Price and Barcode

For Software Developers and Integrators

With the TFORMer reporting SDK, you can integrate the nearly unlimited output capabilities of the layout editor, TFORMer Designer, into your application.

TFORMer SDK combines your data with the designed template. Documents like reports, tables, lists, letters and labels can be printed in any kind of format as part of your application.

For All Application Areas

TFORMer Designer workflow integration

Document templates created with TFORMer Designer are completely encapsulated in the output generation. Not only the layout but also the output logic (e.g. calculations, printing conditions, paper trays) is specified in the graphical template.

The TFORMer report generator SDK can be used

  • as reporting component in conventional applications.
  • as PDF writer on the client and server (server and client side reporting).
  • for browser or AJAX applications as embedded component for direct printout.
  • as online solution for web-based PDF generation.
  • as cross-platform report writer software (also available for Linux®, UNIX® and Mac OS X®).
  • and more...

Simple Integration

The reporting software TFORMer SDK can be easily integrated into your application. The provided sample applications shorten your development time. The following Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) are available:

  • JAVA Interface
    For integration in J2EE architectures (web applications or web services) and GUI applications (e.g. Swing, AWT).
  • .NET Interface
    For all .NET based programming languages in Microsoft® Windows and MONO in Linux®.
  • COM Interface
    Particularly for Microsoft® products like Office or Dynamics®, Navision®, Visual Basic® (VB, VBA, VBScript) and for embedding in HTML with Internet Explorer.
  • DLL Interface
    Generally for C/C++ implementations in Microsoft® Windows and all other applications using a DLL API.
  • Shared Library Interface
    For Linux® and UNIX® developers.
  • Command Line Interface (tfprint or TFPrint.exe)
    Cross-platform reporting component used as a stand-alone process (out-of-process report generator) or for integrating in batch jobs and shell scripts.

Simple Distribution

The TFORMer reporting SDK can be deployed as a stand-alone setup, as part of your installation routines (MSN, MSI) or as CAB file when required. Document templates can be provided as part of your application. In addition, TFORMer SDK offers the possibility to obtain document layouts online (e.g. as URL or stream).

Smart Data Connectivity

Data fields serve as placeholders for variable data (payload) in the report layout. These data fields can be given in your program code, imported from an external data source (e.g. file, database) or provided as stream via http/https.

The desired document layout can be specified as file name in your local system, as URL or as BASE64 coded data stream.

The support for URL (http/https) download also allows browser based client side reporting (AJAX, thin-browser-clients).

Identical Output with One Document Layout

The generated output for a single document layout is always identical and independent from the platform, printer or export format.

TFORMer supports the following output and export formats:

  • Direct Print (Microsoft Windows)
  • PDF Export
  • PostScript®
  • HTML
  • Bitmap / Graphic Formats
  • ASCII
  • ZPL-II (for ZEBRA® thermo label printer)

Cross-Platform

The reporting software TFORMer SDK is available for all current operating systems like Microsoft® Windows®, UNIX®, Linux® and Mac OS X. All output formats are fully integrated, there is no need of additional licenses.

Licensing

The product combination TFORMer Designer plus TFORMer SDK offers you universal reporting capabilities and an all-in-one solution. All introduced features are directly integrated into TFORMer (no additional software or licenses required).

Windows

We offer the following licenses for TFORMer SDK. Please note that Windows and UNIX/Linux platforms are licensed separately. Contact us for more information - we would be pleased to send you a customized offer.

  • Workgroup
  • € 560 / $696one-time fee
  • Reporting and Label
    Printing SDK
  • 10 Installationsfor one location
  • Buy
  • Office
  • € 1120 / $1392one-time fee
  • Reporting and Label
    Printing SDK
  • 100 Installationsfor one location
  • Buy
  • Developer
  • € 2240 / $2784one-time fee
  • Reporting and Label
    Printing SDK
  • Redistributionup to 10 000 installs/users
  • Buy
  • Server
  • € 2240 / $2784one-time fee
  • Reporting and Label
    Printing SDK
  • Web or App-Serverup to 10 000 users
  • Buy

UNIX/Linux

We offer the following licenses for TFORMer SDK on UNIX/Linux platforms. Please contact us for more information - we would be pleased to send you a customized offer.

  • Workgroup
  • € 560 / $696one-time fee
  • Reporting and Label
    Printing SDK
  • 10 Installationsfor one location
  • Buy
  • Office
  • € 1120 / $1392one-time fee
  • Reporting and Label
    Printing SDK
  • 100 Installationsfor one location
  • Buy
  • Developer
  • € 2240 / $2784one-time fee
  • Reporting and Label
    Printing SDK
  • Redistributionup to 10 000 installs/users
  • Buy
  • Server
  • € 2240 / $2784one-time fee
  • Reporting and Label
    Printing SDK
  • Web or App-Serverup to 10 000 users
  • Buy

Microsoft® Windows

All current 32 and 64 bit Microsoft Windows systems:

  • Windows Server 2008 / 2008 R2
  • Windows Server 2012 / 2012 R2
  • Windows Server 2016 / 2019
  • Windows 7 SP1
  • Windows 8
  • Windows 10
  • Ready for Terminal Server / Citrix environments

UNIX®, Linux®, macOS®

  • For more supported platforms, please refer to our download section or request a new build.

V 7.5.32

New Features and Bug Fixes

  • TFORMer SDK Java Wrapper (Merged from 8.0)
    • Made the print method nonblocking (TFM-8329)
    • Fixed an issue that prevented usage with Open JDK (TFM-9323)

V 7.5.26

New Features

  • Highlighting Option in TFORMer Designer
    Added an option to disable mouse over highlighting of design elements (TFM-8730).
  • SDK Options
    • Locale allows the user to specify the locale when generating output (TFM-8750).
    • CupsOptions is used to hand-over CUPS printing options on Linux/UNIX systems (TFM-8771).
  • Nutrition Label Templates
    Added new label templates for nutrition labels (based on US FDA requirements).
  • Barcode SDK
    Now using the barcode kernel TBarCode V11.7.2

Bug Fixes

  • Number Format on Linux/UNIX
    Addressed an issue which caused wrong number formatting if no thousands group separator character was specified (TFM-8683, TFM-8682).
  • Non-Breaking Spaces ( ) Handling in Expressions on Linux/UNIX
    Non-breaking spaces in expressions are now treated as spaces (TFM-8679).
  • Embedding JPEG Images in PDF and PostScript Output
    Addressed an issue with invalid meta data and output size: Meta data and thumbnails are now removed from JPEGs when embedded in PostScript and PDF output (TFM-8665).
  • Duplex Option for PostScript Output
    Addressed an issue with duplex printing (TFM-8717).
  • Custom Paper Format on Windows Printers
    Forms that use a custom paper format will now use the default paper format on Windows printers (TFM-8748).