[nycphp-talk] Working with PDF
dcech at phpwerx.net
Fri Jun 9 14:17:31 EDT 2006
Aaron Fischer wrote:
> 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?
I would heartily recommend the R&OS pdf class:
It's broadly similar to fpdf and I've used it on several different
projects without any problems.
Another approach that could work very well for what you're describing is
to use fdf/xfdf to dynamically fill fields in an existing pdf document.
There are quite a few good examples of this to be found in the book
PDFHacks by Sid Steward, with an online example and source code
> 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):
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