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Call for PDFlib/PDF::API2 users

by dragonchild (Archbishop)
on Nov 19, 2005 at 04:16 UTC ( #510030=perlmeditation: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??

I have taken over PDF::Writer from autrijus and incorporated his excellent changes into PDF::Template 0.30. This means that PDF::Template can now use either PDFlib or PDF::API2 as the rendering engine, a feature that I've been asked for at least once a month since I can remember.

However, in the 3 years since I took over PDF::Template from the original author, PDFlib's API has undergone a number of changes. PDF::Template is coded against PDFlib3 with some provision for version 4's API. The current PDFlib version is 6 and version 7 is just around the corner.

The problem is that a number of PDFlib functions that PDF::Writer uses have been deprecated and are going to be removed in PDFlib7. They're already causing issues against PDFlib 6.

I don't have the time to learn the new API, so I am looking for one or two people who are willing to help me write a PDF::Writer class that uses the best from PDFlib6 and another for what's coming in PDFlib7. As I've never used PDF::API2, I'm also looking for a couple to help with the PDF::API2 wrapper.

My goal would be to initially manage the effort to get this on track and to be PDF::Template's voice in the project. Ideally, the project would grow beyond PDF::Template's needs to be a good general-purpose wrapper for PDF rendering in Perl.

My criteria for good software:
  1. Does it work?
  2. Can someone else come in, make a change, and be reasonably certain no bugs were introduced?

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