Gembox gave me many benefits through its API, I'm very confident to say that its free version is one of the best free solutions out there. Of course this depends on one’s requirements (because it does has a paragraph limitations), but my project works with large number of relatively small documents which can have different kinds of file formats and I believe that a single Gembox Free dll was a perfect solution for this case.
I don’t criticise other developers work so I will not point fingers to the alternatives we tried (and got really disappointed) before we came upon this dll.
GemBox.Documents object models are consistent and easy to understand, they have a great documentation and a nice set of samples to begin with.
Also a lot of companies say "Response within one business day!" for their customer supports response time. From my experience this is usually not true, you will or will not receive an automatic response right away, but some useful information or help will be provided sometimes later (the worst response we have encounter was 3 weeks…, again I don’t like criticising so I will not write from who).
This was not the case with GemBox support team, I truly appreciate that they stick to this policy and respond (an actual response and not an automatic response) to their users in the same day. When we became their professional users the response time was again the same. And to think that they give this kind of dedication to their users free of charge, really outstanding.
Truly grateful for finding this. Before this we faced so many conversion issues... we lost so much time... We needed a fast, reliable and accurate tool which could handle a large volume of documents and gembox proved to be the right tool for us.
Great tool, great documentation but most of all excellent support team. I use gembox in a professional mode for almost a year now and their support team helped me a lot (with snippets and a small standalone applications they provided I managed to implement every difficult task I had). From my perspective, this component paid itself off very quickly!