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Convert PDF files to HTML5 or SVG

BuildVu Converts PDF files to HTML5 or SVG

Why do developers choose BuildVu?

Genuine Conversion

  • Convert content and import into your software/SaaS application as SVG or HTML5.
  • Display documents natively in the web browser on any smart phone, tablet, PC or Mac.
  • Optimize the user experience by loading only the pages viewed instead of whole documents.

Flexible by Design

  • HTML5 or SVG content is simple to integrate into even the most complex web apps.
  • Simply embed the content, or optionally use our fully featured JavaScript viewer.
  • Keep sensitive documents securely on your servers and prevent copying or interception.

Quality output

  • HTML5 and SVG allow even the most complex PDF documents to be rendered accurately.
  • Our developers have spent over 8 years optimising the generated content.
  • Real HTML text! BuildVu totally rebuilds PDF fonts to make them work in the web browser.


Viewer UI

BuildVu also allows you to customise the way you view your documents. The UI options also include CSS transitions for when you change the page. You can choose from complete, clean, simple or slideshow mode.

Raw Content

If you're looking for more flexibility and control over your documents BuildVu provides the functionality to convert your content into Raw HTML5 so that you can use the content in your own viewing solution.

Meta Data

If you're looking to build your own complex viewing solution, BuildVu provides you with access to the low-level data in your PDF file in an easy to read JSON file. Access things like WordList, Outlines, Annotations, Actions and Thumbnails.

Font Conversion

Embedded fonts are totally restructured and written out as web fonts with numerous optimisations to adjust codepoint ranges and work in all web browsers such as FireFox, Chrome, Edge, Safari as well as on all platforms.

Office Conversion

BuildVu integrates with LibreOffice or Office365 to extend its capabilities and provide seamless conversion from Microsoft Office file formats directly to HTML5 and SVG.

Deployment Options

Choose how you want to deploy the software

Install on your own servers
  • Run BuildVu on-premise on your own servers
  • Provides maximum security and performance
  • Documents never leave your control
  • Keep everything behind your firewall.
  • Secure, high-performance solution
  • Flat pricing structure – no need to track document usage.
Deploy on the cloud
  • Run BuildVu on your own Cloud server
  • Run on all major cloud platforms - Java8 only requirement
  • Secure, cost-effective and scalable solution to meet your growing needs
  • Create a web service accessible from any development language.
  • Free code examples in Ruby, C#, Java, Python, etc on our GitHub page
  • Flat pricing structure – no need to track document usage.

Take a look at some of our example conversions

All of these examples have been converted with BuildVu

Trial BuildVu for converting PDF Documents to HTML5 or SVG

This is a 14-day free trial, no credit card required.

Download BuildVu to trial locally

BuildVu is a Java application that can be run directly from command line or deployed to a Java Application Server such as Tomcat or Jetty.

Trial BuildVu in the cloud

Try BuildVu from other languages such as PHP, Ruby, C#, NodeJS or Python without needing to figure out server configuration or implementation specifics.


BuildVu offers flexibility with its licencing options

Buildvu runs on your own servers for security and performance


Buildvu can be deployed to the cloud for flexibility and cost effectiveness


A Single conversion solution for viewing documents in the browser

PDF Conversion

70% of the all documents are PDF files


Word Conversion

Convert the world’s most generic file format.


Image Conversion

Support for common image formats



Put document display back where it belongs at the heart of the user experience.

Converting Documents to HTML5 makes it easy to view in the browser and to integrate Document display seamlessly into your applications.

Buildvu provides a secure, scalable and highly configurable solution to convert PDF, Word and Image files into HTML5 for display in the browser.



Better engagment with your customers


Find out how customers are interacting with your content.



Give your customers the option to search your content.



Make it easier for your potential customers to find you


Meet the IDRViewer

Pure JavaScript/CSS viewer to display, navigate and interact with all your documents.

Light and Dark theme is user selectable.

View all page thumbnails and jump to page.

Single page, Continuous, Continuous facing and Magazine

Runnable video within the viewer

Full JavaScript API for control and configuration.







See for yourself how well it works

Wondering what your documents might look like when you’ve converted them?

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30-day free trial, no credit card required

*Please note Java 8 is required

BuildVu Pricing

If you are still not sure of which licence you will require, please contact a member of our sales team for help.

Server Licence

Designed for users as an entry level licence for 1 or more physical or cloud servers *

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  • No additional charges for conversion or usage
  • Limited only by the number of Servers/Cores
  • Purchase additional licences for more capacity
  • Standard shrink-wrapped EULA Licence

Hosted Server

Designed for users who are looking for a fully hosted and maintained soloution

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  • Simple yearly fee
  • Fully Maintained
  • Purchase additional licences for more capacity
  • Standard shrink-wrapped EULA Licence

Enterprise Licence

Designed for enterprise customers who require a higher level of support

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  • All Server Licence options included
  • Dedicated Client Manager
  • Choice of Silver, Gold or Platinum Support Packages
  • Option to customise EULA Licence

OEM Licence

Designed for users who want to supply BuildVu as part of your product

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  • Simple yearly royalty fee
  • Dedicated Client Manager
  • Customise your support requirements
  • Option to customise EULA Licence

* A Server is defined as equivalent to AWS m4.xlarge instances with 4 vCPUs per server


Take a look below at some of our frequently asked questions.

Is the licence an annual or monthly fee?
A: All of our licences are billed annually. We will contact you 4 week before your renewal date.
I am still not sure what licence I need?
A: Contact us and our sales team will be able to help you.
Can I run the software on a virtual server?
A: Yes, you can run the software from your own physical or cloud servers
Is there a limit on the number of files I convert?
A: No, you can convert as many of your documents as your server can handle.
I only have a few files to convert, do I still require a licence?
A: We offer a per-document conversion fee and this comes with no support.
Can I run the software from my own servers?
A: Yes, the software has been designed and developed to be run independently from your own physical or cloud servers unless you are looking at the hosted solution.

Do you charge for Standby Machines?
A: No, we do not charge for standby machines so long as the machine is for back up purposes only.
Does the licence come with support?
A: Yes, you can find out more about our support system here.
Do you sell the licence without any support?
A: No, the support comes with the licence.
Are buildvu and PDF2HTML5 the same product?
A: BuildVu is the product and PDF2HTML5 is what the product includes.
Are buildvu and PDF2SVG the same product?
A: BuildVu is the product and PDF2SVG is what the product includes
What happens to my content if I choose to not renew my licence?
A: You can continue to use the content you have already converted. However, you must remove the JAR from your servers.