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PDF may not be so bad..

2005-01-12 17:46:28.245712-08 by meuon 3 comments

I'm trying to automate a 'typesetting' job that requires dumping lots of data to a single large landscape PDF document that gets printed every week in large quantities by a print company that requires it in a PDF format. Normally, I abhor PDF's.. FPDF.ORG just gave me reasons to actually LIKE formatting data in PDF's. Really easy to create PDF's from MySQL using PHP.

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#Comment Re: made: 2005-01-13 00:55:34.099899-08 by: dexev

Second meuon's endorsment. I found FPDF a couple of weeks ago -- out of all of the PDF implementations for PHP, it was the only one with a reasonable interface for me. Everyone else seemed to assume I had serious PDF/Postscript experience.

#Comment Re: made: 2005-01-13 08:40:07.696937-08 by: flushy

ps2pdf works wonders here in the office. I've found that some postscript documents wouldn't print correctly, but after converting them to pdf's they came out perfect.

I love pdf's. They are portable. They don't require a huge office suit to read. They are compressed "OK". When html won't do (it must look exactly like this), a huge image is impractical, and portability is key, then pdf is perfect.

#Comment Re: made: 2005-01-15 07:56:31.279785-08 by: chaosmosis

Here's an interesting project also to use xsl-fo-->pdf I hadn't heard of until today: http://xml.apache.org/fop/

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