One of the most important applications for Text Control's digital document processing components is the creation and processing of invoices. With Text Control document processing technology, innovative digital workflows can be easily integrated without the need to change existing structures and implemented software systems.
A modern and streamlined e-invoicing process should include the following aspects of an e-invoicing solution:
Customizable invoice look & feel
Create and maintain your own MS Word-compliant templates based on your corporate design. Templates are not static or require developer resources to modify. Easily modify and change invoice or quote templates based on current needs and required changes. Add more information to invoices, such as QR codes, for faster payment and document validation.
Embedded machine-readable data (electronic invoice)
A machine-readable part (such as XML) can be embedded in the PDF/A document. The receiving processing application is not specialized in reading PDF documents, but is able to extract the structured attachment, which is then processed by the commercial software capable of reading this attachment.
Deliver invoices to your customers in the way they prefer. Send invoices as an email attachment, provide a link to view the invoice online, or provide access to an invoice portal that lists all orders, invoices, and payment status information.
Providing your customers with a streamlined way to access their invoices gives you additional benefits, such as invoice tracking. You get the ability to know when an invoice has been opened and accessed.
Give your customers a way to start a dispute process on an invoice. Give them a tool to add comments to invoices to suggest changes or errors, and collect that data to speed up the process. A streamlined process saves time and significantly accelerates the order-to-cash process.
Streamline the Billing Process
All of the above help to streamline the entire billing process, improve the customer experience, and reduce the time it takes to get paid. Deliver invoices to your customers in the way they prefer. Send invoices as an email attachment, provide a link to view the invoice online, or provide access to an invoice portal that lists all orders, invoices, and payment status information. Giving users a streamlined way to access their invoices provides additional benefits such as invoice tracking. You get the ability to know when an invoice has been opened and accessed.
Use QR Codes
Over the next few years, you may still be required to send printed invoices. Whether it is a legal requirement or a customer request to receive a printed version of your invoice. By offering a combination of offline and online, users get the best of both worlds and can adapt to electronic delivery strategies.
With TX Text Control, creating QR codes is a built-in feature and as simple as inserting text into merge field placeholders. QR codes can be used as placeholders in invoice templates.
Invoice delivery is a critical process in an organization to get paid on time and also to provide customers with a perfect user experience. Reducing the barriers to accessing, sharing and disputing invoices is a key aspect.
Electronic Invoices (PDF/A-3)
PDF/A-3 allows attachments of any format to be added to PDF documents. The standard doesn't standardize the embedded documents themselves, but the way they are embedded into the PDF structure. This allows applications to reliably extract the attached document from the PDF document, allowing readers to extract only the embedded documents without having to open the entire PDF document itself.
The human-readable version can now be ignored by applications that read the data in the document. Applications can extract the machine-readable portion of the PDF document for processing. A PDF/A-3 document can contain an unlimited number of embedded documents for different processes. According to the specification, software applications can extract embedded files without explicit knowledge of the PDF document itself.
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╰ DocumentServer Namespace
╰ MailMerge Class
The MailMerge class is a .NET component that can be used to effortlessly merge template documents with database content in .NET projects, such as ASP.NET web applications, web services or Windows services. class to merge the data into the template and embeds the ZUGFeRD XML into a PDF/A-3b document.
The ZUGFeRD and Factur-X standards are hybrid electronic invoice formats regulated and required by some European government.
Creating 100% Compliant ZUGFeRD and Factur-X Invoices using MailMerge in C#
Creating Invoices Templates
TX Text Control provides all required tools to implement the complete invoice generation process including:
- Template creation
- Data merging
- PDF generation
The following animation is alternating between the template with placeholders and with merged data:
This tutorial shows how to create an invoice using TX Text Control .NET Server for ASP.NET from scratch including creating a template, merging data and to generate the resulting PDF.