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[nycphp-talk] Working with PDF

Aaron Fischer agfische at email.smith.edu
Fri Jun 9 13:46:30 EDT 2006


Greetings!

I'm beginning a project that will involve creating PDF documents.  So 
far my research has turned up PDFlib 
(http://us3.php.net/manual/en/ref.pdf.php) and FPDF (http://www.fpdf.org/).

So far it seems that FPDF will do what I need.  It has the added benefit 
of being free (as opposed to PDFlib which would run at least $450).

Have folks used FPDF?  Would you recommend it? 

Are there are any other means to generate PDF that you would recommend?

If helpful, here's a brief project summary:
I am developing an application that will allow nontraditional students 
to apply for admission to our college.  The user will be able to create 
an account and work on her application, saving and returning at any time 
(data will be stored in MySQL).  The PDF aspect comes into play when the 
applicant would like to preview the application with her data populating 
the fields.  It will also be used for our support staff to print the 
applications once they are completed.

Here's the blank application which would need to be created and 
populated with student data (application is pages 2-4, instructions are 
on page 1):
http://www.smith.edu/admission/pdf/nontraditional_application05.pdf

Cheers,

-Aaron






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