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Another option that's less programming intensive is a combination of
the flat-file database reading and PDF file writing features in Open
Office. I don't know if OO's PDF output quality would be up to your
- Dennis McNulty<br>
Ben Prew wrote:
<pre wrap="">You mentioned that you didn't want to convert from HTML to pdf, but
what about from latex to pdf?
Where I work we create files in (la)tex and then use pdflatex to
convert them to .pdf.
I'm not sure how much precision you need, but it provides enough for
the kind of work we are doing, which is displaying tabular data with
headers and footers.
1. pdflatex on Redhat is provided by the tetex-latex rpm
On 4/15/05, Jeff Lesh <a class="moz-txt-link-rfc2396E" href="mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org"><email@example.com></a> wrote:
<pre wrap="">I need to create "on the fly" pdfs which are of high enough quality to
send as officially typeset stationery orders to a printer--as in an
offsite printing house. I have looked at many solutions linked from a
great article on pdfzone () and have found pdflib as likely my best
option. Pdflib has an opensource component here
(<a class="moz-txt-link-freetext" href="http://www.pdflib.org/products/pdflib/download-source.html">http://www.pdflib.org/products/pdflib/download-source.html</a>) and it
supports and seems to have some examples for Perl.
Does anyone have any words of wisdom about pdflib or other similar
My main concern is that I am able to:
1) produce pdfs of high enough precision and quality (that means no
HTML to PDF converters);
2) if possible separate the static and dynamic aspects (i.e. allow
someone else--an art director/designer--to create the initial
templates, from which I can swap out things like TITLE, NAME, etc);
3) be reasonably easy to learn the library/module and to implement; and
4) be cheap or free.
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