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Use a PDF generating module and/or program. There are a variety of commercial modules and programs available that you can use but if you can put up with little notices in footers then you can normally use these for free.

A quick look through my bookmarks turned up PDFLib. Though I know there are many, many others. Google is your friend here.

Generating a report as an image is not a good idea for many, many reasons not least of which are the ones you have already discovered. Your goal, then, is to automate the method of generating the report but if you are already doing this then you should just be able to plug in the PDF functionality right away and change the code generator.

I've not played with anything strictly like this in the past but my instincts tell me you have two options. Either create a single script per report type or create a meta language (possibly XML like Docbook, possibly something else like TT) which can then be processed by your script. The latter option may be more useful to you as you only have one processor script and a single format.

The advantage to the latter approach is that you have a nice, generic way of doing things. However it may be a little slower (well ok more than a little) than doing a specific program.

Your other option, perhaps, is to interface with something like Jade and use XSL-FO to generate the report. Here you can either use the stuff from the Cocoon project or you can just interface with the command line tool. But this is probably not what you want.

In reply to Re: Generating beautiful reports by simon.proctor
in thread Generating beautiful reports by kappa

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