Ulf Dittmer: I'm sure there are HTTP module for Perl that allow you to operate in a higher level, though; have a look at CPAN.
That would be libwww-perl, aka LWP, which comes bundled with Perl distributions like the one from ActiveState. It even installs a "GET" or lwp-request command that you can use straight from shell scripts.
I’ve looked at a lot of different solutions, and in my humble opinion Aspose is the way to go. Here’s the link: http://aspose.com