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PDF viewers ... PDF editing libraries?

PDF viewers ... PDF editing libraries?

Posted Dec 1, 2004 4:02 UTC (Wed) by yodermk (subscriber, #3803)
Parent article: The Grumpy Editor's Guide to PDF Viewers

xpdf is definitely a great program; I use it most of the time.

So far, Acroread is the only reader I've used that can properly display translucent objects created in Scribus.

Related to PDFs, does anyone know of a Free library that can generate PDFs based on other PDFs? I want to write a Python program to convert a Gnumeric table of stock/option trades into a Schedule D tax form. I need a library that can import a page or two from the form, write in the appropriate values, and spit out another PDF. So far, no Free library I've seen can import PDF pages. Thanks!


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PDF viewers ... PDF editing libraries?

Posted Dec 1, 2004 12:10 UTC (Wed) by evgeny (guest, #774) [Link]

Consider Panda/Pandaflex (http://www.stillhq.com/cgi-bin/blosxom/panda/). If Java is acceptable, see pdfbox (http://www.pdfbox.org/) and pjx (http://www.etymon.com/epub.html).

PDF viewers ... PDF editing libraries?

Posted Dec 1, 2004 17:42 UTC (Wed) by DrBubba (guest, #5588) [Link]

perl has the PDF::API2 bundle that I've used to break a series of pdf files down into pages and then reassemble them into a single document. This will require a little bit of coding on your part and the documentation with the module is a little bit spotty.

PDF viewers ... PDF editing libraries?

Posted Dec 2, 2004 9:51 UTC (Thu) by tekNico (guest, #22) [Link]

$ apt-cache show pdftk
...
 If PDF is electronic paper, then pdftk is an electronic stapler-remover,
 hole-punch, binder, secret-decoder-ring, and X-Ray-glasses. Pdftk is a
 simple tool for doing everyday things with PDF documents. Keep one in the
 top drawer of your desktop and use it to:
  - Merge PDF documents
  - Split PDF pages into a new document
  - Decrypt input as necessary (password required)
  - Encrypt output as desired
  - Burst a PDF document into single pages
  - Report PDF on metrics, including metadata and bookmarks
  - Uncompress and re-compress page streams
  - Repair corrupted PDF (where possible)
Author: Sid Steward <ssteward@accesspdf.com>
Homepage: http://www.accesspdf.com/pdftk

PDF viewers ... PDF editing libraries?

Posted Dec 2, 2004 15:53 UTC (Thu) by kfiles (subscriber, #11628) [Link]

> $ apt-cache show pdftk
> ...
>  If PDF is electronic paper, then pdftk is an electronic stapler-remover,
>  hole-punch, binder, secret-decoder-ring, and X-Ray-glasses. Pdftk is a
>  simple tool for doing everyday things with PDF documents.

And pdftk itself uses the handy Java iText libraries for actual PDF composition/decomposition. iText can specifically address the author's desire to modify PDF content inline. And if you don't want to use run-time Java interpreting, you can copy pdftk's technique of precompiling to native code using gjc.

See:
  http://www.lowagie.com/iText/

--kirby

PDF viewers ... PDF editing libraries?

Posted Dec 3, 2004 3:53 UTC (Fri) by liamh (subscriber, #4872) [Link]

I had good luck with "Mad Builder PDF Assembler"
http://thierry.schmit.free.fr/dev/mbtPdfAsm/enMbtPdfAsm2....
It took a little while to figure out - you have to create an assembly/disassembly script - but it seems quite versatile.


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