These are stand-alone programs, which means they are not plug-ins for other applications nor do they require other software in order to run. There is a converter for each file type. For example, "tiff2pdf" is used to convert TIFF files to PDF. The Windows application, wdavince.exe, provides a single interface for all the converters. This is the application most users will use for converting files to PDF. A DOS command line environment is also available, where program execution can be controlled by either the command line or a command file. This environment is typically used for automated or batch conversion. Each converter uses a configuration ".ini" file to store commonly used profiles. All converters use the same command line syntax.
All converters share a significant amount of common features. Refer to the "DaVince Tools Converters" for a detailed summary of features common to all converters.
DaVince Tools is Shareware
DaVince Tools is shareware, which allows you to use this software free for 30 days. After 30 days you need to either register this software or remove it from your computer. You can register your software at the DaVince Tools web site http://www.davince.com. Your software registration promotes shareware as a viable method of selling software and encourages future enhancements to DaVince Tools. This software is fully functional; there are no crippling or timeout restrictions in the program. We trust you. However, to encourage you to register your copy of DaVince Tools, registered copies will display a registered status during the execution of the program and in the generated PDF file, and the DaVince Tools annotation will not be created on the first page of a generated PDF file.
Refer to the release notes for instructions on installing DaVince Tools and DaVince Tools Plus.
With the exception of wdavince, all DaVince Tools programs run in a Windows 9x/NT/2000 DOS window in a batch or command line environment. The tool set was written using the DaVince C++ class library, a library for creating PDF documents from C++ applications. The same author developed both DaVince Tools and the DaVince C++ class library. You can contact the author for more details about this product at firstname.lastname@example.org .
|wdavince||Windows program for interfacing with the command line converter programs|
||Command line program to convert
Microsoft bitmap (BMP) files to PDF
|jpeg2pdf||Command line program to convert JPEG files to PDF|
|tiff2pdf||Command line program to convert TIFF (Tagged Image File Format) files to PDF|
|txt2pdf||Command line program to convert text files to PDF|
In addition to all the programs included in DaVince Tools,
Tools Plus contains these additional programs:
|file2pdf||Command line program to convert TIFF, JPEG and text files to PDF. This converter combines the features of the single file type converters jpeg2pdf, tiff2pdf and txt2pdf, allowing one to create a single PDF file composed of multiple file types or convert a directory comprised of multiple file types.|
|dvclib.dll||A DLL module that provides TIFF, JPEG and text conversion to PDF using a DLL interface. Used by file2pdf, this module is also useful for programmers wanting to provide PDF conversion in their applications. Programming information is available in the DaVince DLL Library manual.|
|Sample applications written using the DaVince DLL Library. Source code is included with these applications.|
The following bonus programs are also included with all versions of
||Command line program to create
bingo cards (up to 9 per page) in PDF.
|pdfmaze||Command line program to create maze puzzles in PDF automatically.|
|tiffdump||Command line program to view the TIFF file data structure for a specified TIFF file|
A brief syntax summary for any program can be displayed when using the "-?" command line option when executing any of the programs listed above.
For the latest news, documentation and upgrade information, visit
Tools web site at http://www.davince.com.
For users familiar with the Windows command line and writing batch programs, the command line interface (CLI) or the DaVince Command File (DCF) methods may be used. These methods allows more control in the conversion process than the Windows interface can provide. It is also the method many developers choose when integrating DaVince Tools with other applications (the Windows interface program, wdavince, interfaces with the converters by using dynamically created command files). The CLI method provides a quick and easy way of running a converter by specifying all conversion options on the command line. The DaVince Command File (DCF) is a scripting language that uses a text file containing commands on how the conversion is to be performed. This allows full flexibility in the conversion process.
In addition to these methods, a DLL interface is available for users
who register for DaVince
Plus. DaVince Tools Plus contains all the programs in
Tools, plus, it also includes the file2pdf
converter and access to the DaVince DLL Library, useful to programmers
wanting to create PDF files within their applications..