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Re: translation request PDF::API old barcode call to new PDF::API

by idsfa (Vicar)
on Feb 20, 2006 at 19:31 UTC ( #531504=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to translation request PDF::API old barcode call to new PDF::API

To say that the documentation on this package is terrible would falsely imply that it existed at all ... A meditation or two have tried to gather some info on this package, but neither is this deep in the PDF::API2 tree.

That said, I'll dig in a little. The pod contains a promising function, and diving into the guts shows that it will take all of your options except -type and -text. I don't know if you will need them to get the output you are looking for. Maybe the following will help:

use PDF::API2; my $pdf = PDF::API2->new(-file => 'barcode.pdf'); my $bc = $pdf->xo_codabar( -font => $pdffont, -code => $code, -quzn => $quzn, -umzn => $umzn, -lmzn => $lmzn, # fontsize at bottom -zone => $zone, -ofwt => $owft, -fnsz => $fnsz, -spcr => $spcr, ); $pdf->save();

Updated: So naturally, another example appears the next day. Doesn't directly help with this problem, but I'm adding the link here just to keep track of it.


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by madizen (Sexton) on Feb 20, 2006 at 20:50 UTC
    Documentation? er... what's that? ;) The -type arg is obviously not needed anymore and I think I can add back the -text label (it is important) just by sending that to the pdf document separately from the barcode, as I have working examples of sending text to the document. However... while pdf->xo_codabar() now returns something, I need to place it on the page at a specific location. This used to be like this:
    # encode string $code as codabar image $bar my $bar = makebarcode ($code); # Working! Thank you! # Place it at x,y page coordinates with scale and frame options. # Doesn't work. $gfx->barcode($bar, $x, $y, $scale, $frame); # Don't work neither. $gfx->xo_codabar($bar, $x, $y, $scale, $frame)
    Now I get: Can't locate object method "what_I_tried" via package "PDF::API2::Content" Well, that's progress anyway. Just acquiring the barcode image was 80% of my battle. I will mull the meditations offered, but if you or anyone can just throw me the required "output $bar at coordinates" incantation, I have the rest of my legacy issues already wrapped. I found and tried:
    $gfx->image($bar, $x, $y, $scale);
    But $bar is not an image? (Anyway I get a blank document, which is better than an error message). Found it!
    # Works! $gfx->formimage($bar, $x, $y, $scale);
      Hey there.. Do you have a full example of this code? I am trying to do almost the exact same thing. What I need to do is create and print individual barcodes that will print onto Avery labels. Thanks, ~Donavon

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