Nov 25, 2015

Syntax for the DOCX / PPTX templating feature

The syntax is highly inspired by Mustache. The template is created in Microsoft Word/PowerPoint or any equivalent that saves to DOCX/PPTX. Also checkout this example of using the templating feature.

Synopsis

A typical DOCX template:

Hello {name} !

Given the following value for the templating JSON dictionary:

{ name:'Edgar'}

Will produce:

Hello Edgar !

Tag types

Like Mustache, it has the loopopening {#} and loopclosing {/} brackets

Loop syntax

The following template:

{#products}
    {name}, {price} €
{/products}

Given the following JSON dictionary:

{
    "products":
        [
         {name:"Windows",price:100},
         {name:"Mac OSX",price:200},
         {name:"Ubuntu",price:0}
        ]
}

will result in :

Windows, 100 €
Mac OSX, 200 €
Ubuntu, 0 €

The loop behaves in the following way:

  • If the value is an array, it will loop over all the elements of that array.
  • If the value is a boolean, it will loop once if the value is true, keeping the same scope, and not loop at all if the value is false

Note: Because the loops work also with boolean values, you can also use them for conditions.


Raw XML syntax

Sometimes, you would like to insert your custom XML (a complex table, a formula, ...)

With the RawXML syntax the variable is interpreted as XML and replaced in the formula

{@rawXML}

with this data:

{rawXml:'<w:p><w:pPr><w:rPr><w:color w:val="FF0000"/></w:rPr></w:pPr><w:r><w:rPr><w:color w:val="FF0000"/></w:rPr><w:t>My custom</w:t></w:r><w:r><w:rPr><w:color w:val="00FF00"/></w:rPr><w:t>XML</w:t></w:r></w:p>'}

This will loop over the first parent tag

Inverted Selections

An inverted section begins with a caret (hat) and ends with a slash. That is {^person} begins a "person" inverted section while {/person} ends it.

While sections can be used to render text one or more times based on the value of the key, inverted sections may render text once based on the inverse value of the key. That is, they will be rendered if the key doesn't exist, is false, or is an empty list.

Template:

{#repo}
  <b>{name}</b>
{/repo}
{^repo}
  No repos 🙁
{/repo}

Value for the templating JSON dictionary:

{
  "repo": []
}

Output:

No repos :(

Oct 8, 2015

Even more flexible payment models

We think in times of cloud computing you cannot categorize payments in fixed packages. We do not want to force our customers in buying or subscribing for 1000, 5000, or 10000 conversion minutes. From now on our customers can completely customize their prepaid packages and subscriptions and scale them according to their needs. If you want to subscribe for monthly 2222 conversion minutes, you can do so! Checkout our pricing site with the new sliders for your personal customization.


Aug 24, 2015

Folder Monitoring for Google Drive and Dropbox

We are happy to announce another awesome CloudConvert enhancement! CloudConvert Folder Monitoring is a powerful feature to make your workflow even more efficient. You can set up special folders in your Google Drive or Dropbox account as Triggers. Every time you add a file to this folder it is automatically converted to a chosen output format with your customized options.

There are uncountable cool use cases for this feature:

  • Convert any added file type in a folder to PDF
  • Automatically encode added videos with a specific codec and settings
  • Automatically resize added JPGs to a fixed size
  • Automatically encrypt added PDFs with a password
  • ...

Folder Monitoring is available as Beta feature for our paying users (prepaid package or subscription), starting today!

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Aug 6, 2015

Billing enhancement: Auto refill packages

There is a great simplification for our long-term customers, especially our API users: By buying a prepaid package, you can now select the new "Auto Refill" option. This option makes sure the package is automatically refilled, if your quota of conversion minutes is used up to 95%.

If you have set up this once, you won't need to worry any more about your account is running out of quota and your API implementations might stop working.  We hope you like it!

 


May 26, 2015

CloudConvert on the command line

Wouldn't it be awesome if you could do

cloudconvert -f pdf *.docx

to convert all DOCX files in the current folder to PDF?

Now you can do so! We just released the official CloudConvert CLI. Checkout the full documentation for more examples and how to install it on your machine.


May 26, 2015

CloudConvert is out of Beta

We're often asked why CloudConvert stays in Beta for such a long time. CloudConvert is running now for more than one year stable and reliable and thus is not a "Beta" service in the traditional definition any more. Leaving Beta was an ongoing process for us and we are happy to announce that we are at the end of this process. We have Service Level Agreements and are offering prioritized support for our paying users.

Besides of the thousands of users which relay on CloudConvert every day there are a lot of services out there which use our API in production already today. As we are officially out of Beta now there is really no barrier for enterprise usage now. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us!