Raising the bar for data-driven, template-based PDF generation
Belgium, Ghent. 30 March 2021 - iText announces the general availability of iText DITO 2.0 on March 30, 2021, kicking off the launch with a live webinar. This release is a major milestone for iText DITO: it literally adds a whole new layer to the experience: iText DITO Manager, which brings a workspace control room experience and a central repository for all templates, data collections and resources.
With this new management experience, users can efficiently manage the full lifecycle of their templates and all their dependencies, like data collections, images, stylesheets and fonts. With the inclusion of promotion paths, versioning and user management, there is no limit to the number of templates that can be effectively managed.
The iText DITO Editor has been optimized to integrate with the Manager experience and it benefits from a UI make-over, as well as the addition of several interesting new features. Likewise, the PDF generation REST API has also been optimized to integrate with iText DITO Manager. This release of iText DITO 2.0, due to the tight integration between the Editor, SDK and new iText DITO Manager, deprecates the native Java flavor of the SDK and instead focuses on further development of the Dockerized REST version.
iText DITO Manager introduces the concept of a workspace in which templates, data collections and additional resources are stored and deployed. The workspace manages users and security roles, connected SDK instances and users’ template promotion pipeline.
In the data management area of iText DITO Manager users can create and maintain reusable data collections. These are data structures, extracted from JSON files which can be uploaded and associated with one or more templates. To preview the templates with relevant data at design time, data samples can be added to data collections. Versioning, permission management and dependency control are available on all data collections users create.
Manage Images, Stylesheets and Fonts
Templates often contain more than just content. Layout resources like images, stylesheets and fonts are also managed in iText DITO 2.0, meaning they can be reused across multiple templates. From a content management perspective this allows users to update the look and feel of multiple templates at once, by updating the images and styles they share.
Read up on the full feature list in the technical release blog.