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Re^2: Putting text and images in PDFs using PDF::API2

by JamesNC (Chaplain)
on Jan 17, 2006 at 13:22 UTC ( #523736=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Re: Putting text and images in PDFs using PDF::API2
in thread Putting text and images in PDFs using PDF::API2

I wrote a PDF module a long time ago and have been using it for personal use. Recently I added html-like tables( has column and row spanning) to it and a few other items. Actually, I keep adding to it as I see reason to. A friend wanted to use it to create bi-lingual Biblical text and so I added unicode support and embeded TrueType fonts(which was lots of fun). You see I had to use iText (java) extensively at work, but really wanted something vastly easier to use for Perl, so I developed my own both as an exercise in learning the PDF Spec better and some Perl OOP. It's only real dependancy is Compress::Zlib. If you want to try it let me know. I call it MoosePdf, silly I know. But I gave it a really terse yet simple and IMHO intuitive syntax. For instance, one way to do the above program with just the raw text and image operators (with a table it would simpler) would be thus:
use strict; use DBI; use MoosePdf; my $pdf = new MoosePdf('myPdf.pdf'); my $page = $pdf->addPage(size=>'595x852', margins=> 72); my $f = $page->addFont("Helvetica"); my $fb = $page->addFont("Helvetica-Bold"); my $image = $page->addImage(file=>"santa.jpg"); #path my $height = $image->getHeight; $page->showImage( image=>$image, x=>100, y=> 100+$height); $page->addText( text=>"Heading Here", x=>100, y=>100, font=>$fb, size= +> 10 ); my $dbh=DBI->connect("DBI:mysql:database=voice:host=localhost","userna +me","password") or die "$!\n"; my $sth=$dbh->prepare("select column1,column2,column3,column4,column5 +from test") or die "$!\n"; $sth->execute() or die "$!\n"; my $y = 750; while (my @row=$sth->fetchrow_array()) { $y -= 45; my $string=join(",",@row)."\n"; $page->addText( text=>$string, x=>100, y=>$y, font=>$f, size=> 10 ); if( $y < 100 ){ $page = $pdf->AddPage(); #inherits from existing page $page->addText(text=>"Heading Here", font=>$fb, size=>10, x=>100, y +=>800 ); $y = 750; } } $pdf->save();

Anyway, if you want to try it, msg me with your email and I will send it and some examples to you if you will agree to not redistribute it as it needs more documentation.

JamesNC

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Re^3: Putting text and images in PDFs using PDF::API2
by Anonymous Monk on Mar 27, 2009 at 14:08 UTC
    I know this is an old post but I am interested to use ant test the module for PDF you had created, how could I get a copy and samples of this module like you said?

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