We are evaluating Aspose as a potential component of a solution for our customers in which thumbnail images are generated automatically from office documents when uploaded to our enterprise application via a multi-step back end process.
Unfortunately, my preliminary research has shown that while Aspose Word to PDF conversion handles simple documents quite well, the inclusion of anything I'd consider a complex document element is either ignored or represented in an unpredictable, corrupted manner.
The elements I have found to cause problems are listed below, specifically when working with .docx:
- Shadows are lost on inserted shapes (related to SmartArt?)
- Inserted Excel chart is lost
In regards to the unpredictable/unsatisfactory handling of these complex elements, I'm trying to verify if this behavior is
A. A known limitation of the Aspose technology approach to PDF creation unlikely to change in the near future
B. A simple defect that can likely be resolved quickly and easily by the Aspose team if made aware of these issues on a specific point-by-point basis.
Any insight shared would be greatly appreciated, as this sort of known limitation/defect makes the decision of whether or not to pursue an Aspose-based solution considerably more difficult. I have noticed similar behavior with powerpoint slides and Excel but have decided to focus on Word issues to start with.