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PDF File Creation

by LostS (Friar)
on Oct 05, 2001 at 19:09 UTC ( #117011=perlquestion: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

LostS has asked for the wisdom of the Perl Monks concerning the following question:

Hey Everyone,

Here is my fun chore for today... Take this data and make it a PDF. I have a flat file database system. Now I need to take that data format into this format:

(ID) TITLE
Explanation: LONG DESCRIPTION
Record Copy: RECORD COPY INFO
Retention: RETENTION INFO
Citation or Reference: CITATION AND/ORG REFERENCE INFO

Well it is easy to put it in HTML format... But attempting to make it PDF is a little tricky and these PDF Modules are extremely hard to understand for me. Now this is where it gets funny... Yes I have that data needing to be printed... HOWEVER... I have 12 Differant Catagories... Each Catagory has it's own set of Title's... For example. Catagory A has 125 differant title's with explinations and everything... Catagory B has 14... and so forth... How can I create this system that will create Sections for each Catagory. Then under those page(s) it will list all the entries. Now some sections will have multiple pages which is what I think is hosing me up some how and having to worry about the X and Y coordinates... So.. Can anyone help me??


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Re: PDF File Creation
by Fletch (Chancellor) on Oct 05, 2001 at 19:21 UTC
Re: PDF File Creation
by jj808 (Hermit) on Oct 05, 2001 at 19:20 UTC
    Have a look at html2ps, then if you have Ghostscript installed, read the man page for ps2pdf.

    Cheers,

    JJ

Re: PDF File Creation
by Jouke (Curate) on Oct 06, 2001 at 19:20 UTC
    If you take a look at this node you can see how simple it is to create PDF's using PDFLib.

    Jouke Visser, Perl 'Adept'
    Using Perl to help the disabled: pVoice and pStory
Re: PDF File Creation
by Anonymous Monk on Oct 05, 2001 at 23:05 UTC

    Well, as usual someone has already done the work for you. Below is a link to a library/program you can download that will convert text into a PDF.

    http://www.sanface.com/ (see txt2pdf)

    Hope this helps
    Syrkres

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