Solid Documents

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Solid Documents Limited
Industry Software
Founded 2001
Headquarters Nelson, New Zealand
Area served
Key people
Michael Cartwright (CEO)
Products Solid Converter PDF and other document productivity software

Solid Documents is a global productivity software company which creates document reconstruction and archival resources for businesses and individual consumers. Most notably, the same technology used by its Solid Framework SDK is licensed by Adobe for Acrobat X.[1]


Established in Redmond, Washington in 2001, Solid Documents, LLC was founded by CEO Michael Cartwright with the goal of becoming the leader in document productivity software. Cartwright leveraged his extensive software development, document management, internationalization, and localization experience to establish an organization with the vision of the Portable Document Format (PDF) as the universally-acceptable, standardized format for document interchange.[2][3]

Partnering with the PDF Association in 2008, Solid Documents assisted in the creation of a series of standardized tests used to ensure compliance of PDF/A validators and converters with ISO 19005-1 archival standards.[4] Shortly after these standardized compliance tests were created, the company began offering a free service to analyze PDF documents and provide feedback on whether or not they comply with ISO 19005-1 archival standards.[5]

In 2011, co-founders Tamara and Michael Cartwright relocated to the south island of New Zealand establishing a base of operations as Solid Documents Limited from management offices in Nelson, New Zealand.[6]


Solid Converter PDF[edit]

The company’s flagship product, Solid Converter PDF, was released in 2003 and has been translated into 15 languages and distributed in over 60 countries.[7] This product allows documents to be converted into and out of PDF and securely archived in accordance with ISO standards.[8] The last major update to this product, version 9.0, was released in June 2014 and included functionality improvements like feature integration, legacy driver support and reconstruction enhancements.[9]

Solid PDF to Word for Mac was released in April 2010 allowing Apple users to manipulate documents out of PDF into Word, Excel, HTML, text, or iWork formats.[10] An updated version 2 of the tool was released to Mac users in September 2013.[11]

Solid PDF Tools[edit]

In 2007, Solid Documents released Solid Converter PDF version 3.0 and launched Solid PDF Tools, a premium product which included scanning and archival features in addition to conversion. Both products were a departure from the previous dialog box-focused user interface by offering a distinctly WYSIWYG user experience.[12] Version 4.0 released in 2008, adding language localization for French, Spanish, and Chinese users as well conversion to and from additional formats like Excel, PowerPoint, and HTML.[12] In December 2010 version 7.0 was released with continued product enhancements including selective conversion, table and workflow improvements.[8] Version 9.0 released in June 2014 increases the number of languages supported by the OCR technology and includes a number of conversion and reconstruction improvements.[9]

Solid PDF Creator[edit]

Solid PDF Creator, released in 2006, provides core conversion from virtually any document format into an easily exchangeable PDF. In 2007, version 2.0 was released supporting encryption, improvements to PDF quality, and archival compliance capabilities.[13]

Solid PDF Creator Plus, released in 2008, built upon the features of Solid PDF Creator by including drag and drop navigation, watermark management, page extracts, and search functions.[14] Version 9.0 released in June 2014 includes a number of feature integration improvements, legacy driver support, and conversion enhancements.[9]

Solid Framework SDK[edit]

In September 2010, Solid Documents entered into a strategic partnership with activePDF, Inc. licensing Solid Framework SDK to convert PDFs into a variety of editable formats, in addition to PDF/A validation and conversion already existing in their activePDF DocConverter™ product.[15][16] Later that year in November 2010, Adobe Systems, Inc. licensed Solid Framework SDK for Adobe Acrobat X. By harnessing the Solid PDF to Word and Excel conversion capabilities, Acrobat X users are able to reliably repurpose PDF content.[1] In June 2014 an update to version 9.0 was released which provides enhanced flexibility for application development with the SDK.[17]


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  2. ^ "Contributor". Planet PDF. Debenu Pty. Ltd. Retrieved 18 December 2011. 
  3. ^ "Solid Documents Company page". Solid Documents. Retrieved 9 December 2011. 
  4. ^ "PDF/A, Solid PDF Tools and Archiving". Planet PDF. Debenu Pty Ltd. Retrieved 29 November 2011. 
  5. ^ De Abrew, Karl. "Free PDF/A validator from Solid PDF Tools". Planet PDF. Debenu Pty. Ltd. Retrieved 3 December 2011. 
  6. ^ "Global firm sets up in city". The Nelson Mail. Retrieved 29 November 2011. 
  7. ^ "Solid Documents PDF Association membership entry" (PDF). PDF Association. Retrieved 30 November 2011. 
  8. ^ a b Hanna, Rowan. "Solid Converter PDF version 7 released". Planet PDF. Debenu Pty Ltd. Retrieved 29 November 2011. 
  9. ^ a b c "Solid Documents Releases Version 9.0". Solid Documents. Retrieved 27 August 2014. 
  10. ^ Chartier, David. "Solid PDF to Word Converter Debuts for Mac". PC World. PC World Communications, Inc. Retrieved 16 December 2011. 
  11. ^ "Solid Documents Releases Version 2 of Solid PDF to Word for Mac". Solid Documents. Retrieved 27 August 2014. 
  12. ^ a b Hartsock, Nettie. "Solid Documents updates Solid Converter PDF to Word". Planet PDF. Debenu Pty Ltd. Retrieved 18 December 2011. 
  13. ^ Shea, Dan. "Solid PDF Creator 2.0 released". Planet PDF Archive. Planet PDF. Retrieved 22 November 2011. 
  14. ^ "Adobe Acrobat vs. Solid PDF Creator Plus: Extracting Pages from a PDF File". Solid Documents blog. Retrieved 29 November 2011. 
  15. ^ "activePDF Announces the Release of activePDF DocConverter Enterprise 2010". activePDF. Retrieved 11 May 2012. 
  16. ^ "activePDF DocConverter Features". activePDF. Retrieved 11 May 2012. 
  17. ^ "Version 9 of Solid Framework Released". Solid Documents. Retrieved 27 August 2014. 

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