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PDF Services API Licensing

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Adobe PDF Services API licensing is measured per Document Transaction (previously known as PDF Transactions) which is based on the initial endpoint request (i.e., API call) and the digital output, with each operation in the table described below. Content limits apply and are provided along with examples for clarity.

Paid credentials enable a greater processing quota and require entering into a separate written agreement. To learn more, please see our pricing page for purchase options.

Document Transactions for the Operations below resulting in a Document will be counted with the following page limits:

Metrics#

OperationCapabilityMetric
Document GenerationCreate PDF and Word documents from your own authored Microsoft Word templates and JSON dataDocument Transaction
Extract PDFExtracts PDF Elements such as text, images, tables in a structured format from a PDF.Document Transaction (up to 5 pages)
CreateCreate PDF from static/dynamic HTML, HTML(with inline CSS), HTML(specified via URL), MS Office and other supported file types. File types: BMP, DOC, DOCX, GIF, JPEG, JPG, PNG, PPT, PPTX, RTF, TIF, TIFF, TXT, XLS, XLSX, ZIPDocument Transaction
ExportConvert PDF to MS Office and other supported file types. File types: DOC, DOCX, JPEG, PNG, PPTX, RTF, XLSXDocument Transaction
CombineCombine multiple PDFs or pages in PDFs to a single PDFDocument Transaction
OCRConvert scanned PDF to editable and searchable PDFDocument Transaction
CompressReduce the size of a PDFDocument Transaction
ProtectSet user password in a PDF to prevent others from opening and viewing the DocumentDocument Transaction
Remove PasswordRemove password security from a PDF document. This can only be accomplished using the owner password of the document, which must be passed in the operation.Document Transaction
LinearizeOptimize a PDF for Fast Web ViewDocument Transaction
SplitSplit a PDF document into multiple smaller PDFsDocument Transaction
Insert PagesInsert one or more pages from different PDFs into a PDFDocument Transaction
Replace PagesReplace one or more pages in a single PDF from pages in other PDFsDocument Transaction
Delete PagesDelete one or more pages in a single PDFDocument Transaction
Rotate PagesRotate one or more pages in a single PDFDocument Transaction
Reorder PagesReorder one or more pages in a single PDFDocument Transaction
Get PDF PropertiesGet XMP metadata properties of a PDF fileDocument Transaction: the 50-page count does not apply

Examples#

OperationExampleCalculation
Document GenerationGenerating a fifteen-page PDF Document from a two-page Microsoft Word template and 1MB JSON file consumes one Document Transaction1 (Operation: Document Generation) x 1 (Document) = 1 Document Transaction
Extract PDFExtracting PDF Elements from an 8 page PDF Document consumes two Document Transactions1 (Operation: Extract PDF) x 2 (5 page document) = 2 Document Transactions
Create, ExportConverting ten single page Word Documents into ten PDF Documents consumes ten Document Transactions.1 (Operation: create) x 10 (documents) = 10 Document Transactions
CombineCombining six different PDF Documents into a single 250 page PDF Document consumes five Document Transactions.1 (Operation: combine) x 5 (50 page documents) = 5 Document Transactions
OCRRunning OCR on a single 50 page document consumes one Document Transaction1 (Operation: OCR) x 1 (50 page document) = 1 Document Transaction
Compress, ProtectSetting password protection for a single PDF document consumes one Document Transaction1 (Operation: protect) x 1 (document) = 1 Document Transaction
LinearizeOptimizing one PDF document with three pages will consume one Document Transaction.1 (Operation: Linearize) x 1 (document) = 1 Document Transaction
Insert, replace, rotate, reorder, delete pagesInserting ten pages into a 100 page PDF document consumes three Document Transactions.1 (Operation: Insert) x 3 (50-page documents) = 2 Document Transactions
Create + ReorderConverting a 10 page Word Document into a single PDF and then reordering five of the pages in the same PDF Document consumes two Document Transactions.1 (Operation: create) x 1 (document) + 1 (Operation: reorder) x 1 (document) = 2 Document Transactions
Combine + Rotate + OCRCombining three PDF Documents into a single 30 page PDF, then rotating two pages of the PDF, and then running OCR on the PDF consumes three Document Transactions.1 (Operation: combine) x 1 (document) + 1 (Operation: rotate) x 1 (document) + 1 (Operation: OCR) x 1 (document) = 3 Document Transactions
Replace + Delete + ExportReplacing seven pages in a single 45 page PDF document, then deleting three pages on the same PDF document, and finally exporting the PDF document to a PPT document will consume three Document Transactions.1 (Operation: replace) x 1 (document) + 1 (Operation: delete) x 1 (document) + 1 (Operation: export) x 1 (document) = 3 Document Transactions
Create + Combine + ProtectCreating a 10 page PDF document from an HTML page, then combining the PDF into four other 5 page PDF documents, and finally password protecting all four PDF documents will consume nine Document Transactions.1 (Operation: create) x 1 (document) + 1 (Operation: combine) x 4 (documents) + 1 (Operation: export) x 4 (documents) = 9 Document Transactions

Usage limits#

There are several usage limits that apply to operation metrics. Files submitted for processing that exceed content limits below will fail and result in an error message.

Usage limitValue
Document limit (combine, insert, replace)20
Document file size100MB
Output images per Document Transaction (export)50
Page limit (OCR)*100
Page limit(Non-Scanned - Extract API)*200
JSON file size (Document Generation and HTML to PDF)10MB
Maximum Requests Per Minute25 RPM
Payload size (For all APIs)100MB

*Page limits may be lower for documents with a large number of tables.

Licensing Metrics & Free Trial#

The PDF Services API provides a free trial program so that you can take a deep dive into its cool features at zero cost. Trial users that sign up directly on Adobe I/O get free credentials that enable processing of 1,000 Document Transactions for up to 6 months. A Document Transaction is based on the initial endpoint request (i.e., API call) and the digital output. For detailed licensing metrics, please see the tables above.

Processing is calculated on a per Document Transaction basis.

Example 1:

  • Converting a ten-page Word document into PDF consumes 1 Document Transaction of the trial quota.
  • 1 (Operation: convert) x 1 (document) = 1 Document Transaction

Example 2:

  • Combining 20 single page documents into one PDF and then running OCR on the PDF consumes 2 Document Transactions of the trial quota.
  • 1 (Operation: combine) x 1 (document) + 1 (Operation: OCR) x 1 (document) = 2 Document Transactions

This generous allowance of processing power should allow you to get up and running with the easy-to-use APIs with little investment.

Paid credentials enable a greater processing quota and require entering into a separate written agreement. To learn more, please see our pricing page for purchase options.

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