GSP
Quick Navigator

Search Site

Unix VPS
A - Starter
B - Basic
C - Preferred
D - Commercial
MPS - Dedicated
Previous VPSs
* Sign Up! *

Support
Contact Us
Online Help
Handbooks
Domain Status
Man Pages

FAQ
Virtual Servers
Pricing
Billing
Technical

Network
Facilities
Connectivity
Topology Map

Miscellaneous
Server Agreement
Year 2038
Credits
 

USA Flag

 

 

Man Pages


Manual Reference Pages  -  PDF::API2::SIMPLE (3)

.ds Aq ’

NAME

PDF::API2::Simple - Simplistic wrapper for the excellent PDF::API2 modules

CONTENTS

SYNOPSIS



    use PDF::API2::Simple;

    my $pdf = PDF::API2::Simple->new(
                                     file => output.pdf
                                    );

    $pdf->add_font(VerdanaBold);
    $pdf->add_font(Verdana);
    $pdf->add_page();

    $pdf->link( http://search.cpan.org, A Hyperlink,
                x => 350,
                y => $pdf->height - 150 );

    for (my $i = 0; $i < 250; $i++) {
         my $text = "$i - All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy";

         $pdf->text($text, autoflow => on);
    }

    $pdf->save();



Take note that PDF coordinates are not quite what you’re used to. The coordinate, (0, 0) for instance is at the lower-left hand corner. Thus, x still grows to the right, but y grows towards the top.

METHODS

    new



     PDF::API2::Simple->new(
                 file => output.txt,
                 width => 612,
                 height => 792,
                 line_height => 10,
                 margin_left => 20,
                 margin_top => 20,
                 margin_right => 20,
                 margin_bottom => 50,
                 width_right => 0,
                 height_bottom => 0,
                 effective_width => 0,
                 effective_height => 0,
                 header => undef,
                 footer => undef,
     );



Creates a new PDF::API2::Simple instance. A good strategy is to create a new object for each pdf file you want to create. That is, of course, up to you.
o file - The PDF file you want to write to. No default, parameter required
o width - The width of the PDF file. Defaults to 612, the 8 1/2 x 11 US Letter width
o height - The height of the PDF file. Defaults to 792, the 8 1/2 x 11 US Letter height
o line_height - The standard height you want to define for lines. The default is 10
o margin_left - The amount of margin space you want on the left side. Of course, you can specify whatever coordniates you want. Default is 20
o margin_top - The amount of margin space you want on the top of each page. Default is 20
o margin_right - The amount of margin space you want of the right side of each page. Default is 20
o margin_bottom - The amount of margin space you want on the bottom of each page. Default is 50
o width_right - A convenience property that contains the furthest x of the page, accounting for the margins specified
o height_bottom - A convenience property that contains the largest y of the page, accounting for the bottom margin
o effective_width - A convenience property that contains the width of the page, after the left and right margin have been accounted for
o effective_height - A convenience property that contains the height of the page, after the top and bottom margin have been accounted for
o header - This CODE reference will be called everytime a page is appended to the PDF, allowing you to specifiy a header for your pages
o footer - This CODE reference will be called everytime a page is ended, allowing you to specifiy a footer for your pages

    open



  PDF::API2::Simple->open(
              open_file => my_pdf.pdf,
              open_page => 1,              # Default is 1.
              # Any other options to new.
  );



This method opens an existing PDF for editing. You can include any other arguments that are valid for new and they will be set in the resulting object.

    Space Management

The following methods help you to manage the space on each page of your PDF.

next_line_would_extend_page

Returns a true value if the current y minus line_height would write past the bottom margin.

would_extend_page theoretical_y

Returns a true value if the theoretical_y would write past the bottom margin.

next_line

Reduces the current y by line_height.

add_page

Closes the current page, resets the x and y values to thier default coordinates, and calls the header callback, if specified. This method may be called for in, such as if your autoflow text wraps over a page.

end_page

Closes the current page, and calls the footer callback, if specified. This method is usually called for you.

    General Management

These methods help you manage the PDF itself

add_font font_name

This method will add a font to be used throughout the PDF. You MUST call this at least once before laying out your PDF. font_name is a font name, such as ’Arial’, or ’Verdana’. Appending ’Bold’ seems to make the text bold, as in ’VerdanaBold’. Refer to PDF::API2 for more details.

You can optionally pass a font object and font size if you have loaded an external font.



  my $font_obj = $pdf->pdf->ttfont(new_font.ttf);
  $pdf->add_font(NewFont, $font_obj, 12);



Refer to PDF::API2 for the various font methods, like ttfont, available.

set_font font_name[, pt]

Set the current font by name, and optionally a font size.

as_string

An alias for the stringify method

stringify

Ends the current page, and returns the pdf as a string

save [file]

End the current page, and save the document to the file argument, or the file specified when instaniating the object. If not suitable file can be found to save in, a Carp::croak is emitted. Aliases for this method are saveas and save_as.

    Layout

These methods modify the actual layout of the PDF. Note that most of these methods set some internal state. Most often, the last x and y are set after the rendered object.

Most times, underscores may be stripped and the arguments will still work, such as is the difference between fill_color, and fillcolor.

popup text[, %opts]

Creates a 25x25 box at opts{x} (or the current x), opts{y} (or the current y) to represent an annotation at that point. The user may then click that icon for a full annotation.

url

This is an alias for the link method.

link url, text[, %opts]

Specifies a link to url, having text. %opts may contain:
o x - The x position of the link. Defaults to x.
o y - The y position of the link. Defaults to y.
o limit - The amount to limit the text. This will add an ellipis (...) a few characters from the end if the text length is greater than this numerical value. Defaults to 0, which is to mean do not limit.
o align - Which alignment you want for your text. The choices are ’left’, ’center’, and ’right’. Defaults to ’left’.
o font - Specifies via font name, the font to use. This sets the current font.
o font_size - Specifies the font size. This sets the current font size.
o fill_color - Specifies the fill color. This sets the current fill color.
o stroke_color - Specifies the stroke color. This sets the current stroke color.
This method returns the width of the text.

text text[, %opts]

Renders text onto the PDF.
o x - The x position of the link. Defaults to x.
o y - The y position of the link. Defaults to y.
o limit - The amount to limit the text. This will add an ellipis (...) a few characters from the end if the text length is greater than this numerical value. Defaults to 0, which is to mean do not limit.
o align - Which alignment you want for your text. The choices are ’left’, ’center’, and ’right’. Defaults to ’left’.
o autoflow - Any value but ’off’ will notify this method to use autoflowing heuristics to gracefully wrap your text over lines and pages. Useful for variable length text. Note that due to laziness, this option is mutually exclusive with limit.
o font - Specifies via font name, the font to use. This sets the current font.
o font_size - Specifies the font size. This sets the current font size.
o fill_color - Specifies the fill color. This sets the current fill color.
o stroke_color - Specifies the stroke color. This sets the current stroke color.
If autoflow was <B>notB> specified, this method returns the width of the text in scalar context, the bounding box of the text in list context. In autoflow mode, this method returns nothing.

image src[, %opts]

Renders an image onto the PDF. The following image types are supported: JPG, TIFF, PNM, PNG, GIF, and PDF. Note that the module determines the image type by file extension.
o x - The x position of the link. Defaults to x.
o y - The y position of the link. Defaults to y.
o width - The width of the image. Defaults to 100.
o height - The height of the image. Defaults to 100.
o scale - Amount to scale the image. Defaults to 1. (only available for PDF types)
line [, %opts]

Renders a line onto the PDF.
o x - The x position of the line. Defaults to x.
o y - The y position of the line. Defaults to y.
o to_x - The x position where to draw the line to.
o to_y - The y position where to draw the line to.
o fill_color - Specifies the fill color. This sets the current fill color. Defaults to current_fill_color.
o stroke_color - Specifies the stroke color. This sets the current stroke color. Defaults to current_stroke_color.
o width - Specifies the width of the line. Defaults to 0.5.
rect [, %opts]

Renders a rectangle onto the PDF. Rectangles are usually drawn specifying two coordinates diagonal from each other. (5, 5) to (30, 30) for example, would produce a 25 x 25 square.
o x - The x position of the rect. Defaults to x.
o y - The y position of the rect. Defaults to y.
o to_x - The x position where to draw the rect to.
o to_y - The y position where to draw the rect to.
o stroke - A value of ’on’, ’true’, or ’yes’ will enable the stroke. Defaults to ’on’.
o fill - A value of ’on’, ’true’, or ’yes’ will enable the fill. Defaults to ’off’.
o fill_color - Specifies the fill color. This sets the current fill color. Defaults to current_fill_color.
o stroke_color - Specifies the stroke color. This sets the current stroke color. Defaults to current_stroke_color.
o width - Specifies the width of the line. Defaults to 0.5.

PROPERTIES

The following properties are read/write, and may be used as $pdf->prop to read, $pdf->prop(’val’) to set.

    header

Gets/sets the header callback.

    footer

Gets/sets the footer callback.

    file

Gets/sets the file used to save the PDF. It’s recommended that you <B>do not set thisB>.

    width

Gets/sets the width of the current page. It’s recommended that you <B>do not set thisB>.

    height

Gets/sets the height of the current page. It’s recommended that you <B>do not set thisB>.

    line_height

Gets/sets the default line height. This is used in most space layout methods.

    margin_left

Gets/sets the left margin.

    margin_top

Gets/sets the top margin.

    margin_right

Gets/sets the right margin.

    margin_bottom

Gets/sets the bottom margin.

    width_right

Gets/sets the calculated value, width - margin_right

    height_bottom

Gets/sets the calculated value, height - margin_bottom

    effective_width

Gets/sets the calculated value, width - (margin_left + margin_right)

    effective_height

Gets/sets the calculated value, height - (margin_top + margin_bottom)

    current_page

Gets/sets the current page object. It’s hard to find a good reason to set this, but it is possible to do so.

    pdf

Gets/sets the raw PDF::API2 object. This allows you great flexibility in your applications.

    fonts

Gets/sets the array of fonts we have been storing via the add_font method.

    current_font

Gets/sets the current font.

    current_font_size

Gets/sets the current font size.

    current_stroke_color

Gets/sets the current stroke color. Aliases for this method are stroke_color, and strokecolor

    current_fill_color

Gets/sets the current fill color. Aliases for this method are fontcolor, set_font_color, font_color, fillcolor, and fill_color.

    x

Gets/sets the current x position.

    y

Gets/sets the current y position.

BUGS / FIXES

Please mail all bug reports, fixes, improvements, and suggestions to bugs -at- redtreesystems -dot- com.

PLUG AND LICENSE

This project belongs to Red Tree Systems, LLC - <http://www.redtreesystems.com>, but is placed into the public domain in the hopes that it will be educational and/or useful. Red Tree Systems, LLC requests that this section be kept intact with any modification of this module, or derivitive work thereof.

THANKS

Thanks to Jim Brandt for noting that the default values didn’t do well with false values.

Thanks to Denis Evdokimov for submitting more margin-fixing goodness.

Thanks to Jonathan A. Marshall for fixing a long standing margin issue, and pointing out further documentation shortcomings.

Thanks to Jim Brandt for the open method, contributing code to add_font, and offering beer.

Thanks to Pradeep N Menon and Alfred Reibenschuh for pointing out optimizaiton issues, and helping to resolve them.

Thanks to Simon Wistow for uncovering several bugs and offering up code.

Thanks to Bryan Krone for pointing out our documentation shortcomings.

SEE ALSO

PDF::API2

There is an examples folder with this dist that should help you get started. You may contact pdfapi2simple -AT- redtreesystems _dot_ com for support on an individual or commercial basis.

Search for    or go to Top of page |  Section 3 |  Main Index


perl v5.20.3 PDF::API2::SIMPLE (3) 2013-10-02

Powered by GSP Visit the GSP FreeBSD Man Page Interface.
Output converted with manServer 1.07.