Server side PDF manipulation and creation

David Dick david_dick at
Mon Mar 22 15:03:10 CST 2004

I'm using pdfs for printing from a web based application at the moment. 
  Extremely simple strategy involves creating a HTML 3.2 document and 
then running html2ps and ps2pdf over it.  From everything i've heard 
htmldoc is another popular substitute for this type of short cut.  Would 
this be good enough for what you have in mind?

ADFH wrote:
> I've used iText in a Java environment before to create and manipulate
> existing PDFs. I was curious on similar solutions in Perl.
> Some of the things I stumbled across in CPAN seemed a little primitive
> in comparison, but perhaps I didn't delve far enough.
> What have people done with their PDF tools?
> Any caveats?
> Primary purpose in this case is to provide customised application forms
> etc. to clients from a website.

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