DocRaptor vs PrinceXML

DocRaptor vs PrinceXML

PrinceXML is part of the backend processing engine for DocRaptor. All PDFs created by DocRaptor use PrinceXML as the rendering engine. We love the PrinceXML product and their team. They recommend DocRaptor as a cloud solution and we recommend Prince for all self-hosted PDF generation.

So what’s the difference between DocRaptor and Prince? We have some big differences in our pricing and delivery models, as well as output documents. Here’s what you should keep in mind if you’re choosing between DocRaptor and Prince, or planning to switch from one service to the other.

  1. Instant high-volume scalability
    With DocRaptor, you receive immediate access to nearly infinite PDF generation across multiple datacenters.

  2. Infrastructure setup and server maintenance
    With any non-trivial volume of PDF generation, most organizations require multiple PDF generation servers. Obviously, this becomes costly and time-consuming to setup and maintain over time. With DocRaptor we handle all this work on your behalf. With PrinceXML you’ll have complete control over your environment. This can be important if you’re working with special regulations or business requirements.”

  3. Internet access
    As a cloud-based service, DocRaptor requires internet access. PrinceXML does not. If latency (the time to send a document to DocRaptor and download the created PDF) is important, using PrinceXML locally may be a good choice.

  4. Excel Documents
    In addition to PDF files, DocRaptor can convert HTML to XLS/XLSX.

  5. Fixed-cost vs value-based pricing
    DocRaptor pricing scales up or down based on your PDF creation needs. It costs very little to start and test documents are always free. However, the costs are on-going and can change as volume increases. With PrinceXML, the costs (excluding upgrades) are fixed and won’t change. Fixed costs are sometimes advantageous for client projects that require a definitive hand-off.

  6. Access to Upgrades and Support
    All DocRaptor accounts come with email and live chat support, as well as access to the latest production of Prince. Every commercial Prince license comes with 12 months of support and upgrades included. After that, you may purchase additional support and upgrades.

We hope this document helps. If you have further questions, please leave a comment or email!