▲ ▼ Creating professional PDF reports is too hard
The current solutions for creating a PDF are either too bulky or if they’re simple don’t offer a way to create good looking PDFs. The bulky solutions include LaTeX which have a big storage footprint, complex syntax as well as a bit slow to render out. Other solutions such as PDFkit library for Python and many others offer a simple way but very basic looking reports. It seems a service that makes it simple to create PDF reports but also ones that looks professional is needed.
In response to this problem I have developed Hybiscus, https://hybiscus.dev/, which is a cloud based SaaS for generating PDF reports using a simple JSON API. All you need to is define the content using the JSON schema and submit the task to the API. No requirement for installing bulky software as it all runs in the cloud, whilst the selection of pre-designed components ensures your reports always looks professional. Give it a try and let me know what you think!
Any reason this needs to be limited to PDF reports? Could you extend this to making dashboards? As an API that lets me generate a dashboard is very compelling.
Hmm well that would be quite different from generating PDF reports, requiring completely different technologies. So I'd say it's quite out of the scope of this project atleast...