XSL:FO Visual Editor Advice.
Posted on 2009-03-30
I am a developer/programmer who is currently looking for advice on the various Visual Editors in regards to XSL:FO. To give you a little bit of information about myself I have been programming with XSL in general for about a year now. I work use Stylus Studio for any form of XML development and I have a license for the AntennaHouse XSL Formatter.
Personally I do not use nor am I interested in using any form of a Visual WYSIWYG editor in regards to converting my XML data to a PDF format. However given the nature of my work I would like to find a product that allows novice users (particularly those who are not programmers) to be able to take XML data and create a PDF by generating the appropriate XSL code which can then be transformed into a PDF. XSL is important due to the fact that it supports pagination and also the fact that I as a programmer understand it and can therefore theoretically manipulate it in case of emergency's.
With the above stated I am looking for advice on a few particular pieces of software that are currently on the market. I would like general advice from anyone who has used them and also any Pro's and Con's that I should be aware of. Again, it will be novice users who do not already know how program so the main concern is to what extent the Visual Editor can be utilized (flexibility, ease of use, features, efficiency, ect).
The products in consideration are:
- Altova StyleVision
- AntennaHouse XSL Report Designer
- InventiveDesigners Scriptura
My main focus is on the first two but the last two are still worth mentioning.
Anyways, help is appreciated.