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[nycphp-talk] Working with PDF

Tim Lieberman tim_lists at o2group.com
Fri Jun 9 17:33:20 EDT 2006


I'd also suggest looking into FO, which is a markup language for  
document layout.

I'm not sure if there is yet a PHP parser for FO that will output  
PDF, but it exists in the Java world, and I've heard the java  
libraries work fine from PHP via the java bridge.

I've used FPDF in the past, with good results, but when things start  
getting very dynamic, you start wishing you had an intermediate  
language like FO which could then just be parsed and interpreted.

HTH

-Tim

On Jun 9, 2006, at 3:14 PM, Peter Sawczynec wrote:

> Maybe see also:
> http://www.ros.co.nz/pdf/
>
> Peter
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: talk-bounces at lists.nyphp.org [mailto:talk- 
> bounces at lists.nyphp.org] On
> Behalf Of Aaron Fischer
> Sent: Friday, June 09, 2006 1:47 PM
> To: NYPHP Talk
> Subject: [nycphp-talk] Working with PDF
>
>
> 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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