Thomas International integrates RealObjects PDFreactor®

Thomas International provides people assessments which empower business leaders to transform the performance of their teams and individuals – and deliver an immediate impact on their organization.

Thomas products include many different types of custom reports which are dynamically generated from a large bank of text-based content and driven by personalized assessment data. These also include many specialized data visualizations. Reports are requested in real time by globally dispersed online end users, so they need to be generated and delivered speedily.

The existing report creation technology was old, inflexible and reports were very basic because more complex layouts were impossible to create. We needed a faster, more flexible and modern way to create reports. We also needed to support most global languages including RTL (right-to-left) languages. Data visualizations were also simplistic because it was not possible to exploit better technologies. One of the few good things about our old technology was that it is based on a low level PDF API so would render documents quickly.

They built a new highly object oriented .NET based reporting engine that dynamically constructs and outputs the HTML5/CSS3 based documents and injects the SVG/JavaScript visualizations where required. Thomas needed a third party product to convert these to PDF. They evaluated several vendor offerings and chose to go with PDFreactor.

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About Thomas International

Thomas International is a global specialist in work-based, user-friendly assessments, providing objective data to accurately identify people’s work behavior, learning capability and emotional intelligence. With over 30 years of experience, Thomas International works with business leaders to transform the performance of their teams and individuals by enhancing hiring, retention, development and management.

About RealObjects

Headquartered in Saarbrücken, Germany, RealObjects provides standards-based, cross-platform software solutions for both electronic publishing as well as content authoring.

The company ranks as a pioneering developer of easy-to-use, affordable and quick-to-deploy online HTML editor solutions, which enable content authoring in Web- and Java-based applications. They are a perfect fit for Content Management, Knowledge Management and e-Learning systems.

RealObjects’ W3C standards-based publishing solution PDFreactor is another industry-recognized flagship product, which is used for server-side conversion of HTML and XML to PDF whenever electronic and print output of business content in typeset-quality is required. The latest RealObjects products emerged from Project MARTHA, an integrated application framework that enables enterprise developers to create powerful HTML and XML editing and rendering applications in pure Java.

Founded in May 2000, the privately held and self-funded software company has more than 2500 corporate customers in over 40 countries, ranging from small businesses to Fortune 500 enterprises, educational institutions as well as government and non-profit organizations. A strong network of key business alliances, resellers and OEM partners has been established.


Michael Jung
RealObjects, Managing Director
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