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ph-pdf-layout

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Java library for creating fluid page layouts with Apache PDFBox.

Please check the test files to see how to create PDFs with the different elements.

The basic elements provided are:

  • PageLayoutPDF - the entry class, having a list of page sets
  • PLPageSet - a set of pages that share the same size and orientation and contain a set of elements. The assignments to pages happens dynamically.
  • PL elements - basic or complex layout elements ("PL" is short for "PDF Layout")
    • Basic (inline) elements are
      • plain text in class PLText (Unicode of course)
        • For custom Open Source fonts to be used see the https://github.com/phax/ph-fonts project
        • Note: the available characters heavily depend on the used font. So if you get a "?" character, try loading a different font
      • and image in classes PLImage and PLStreamImage (whatever ImageIO can load).
    • Basic (block) element is box (class PLBox)
    • Layout elements are
      • horizontal box or h-box in class PLHBox - like a row of a table
      • vertical box or v-box in class PLVBox - like a column of a table
      • spacer-x in class PLSpacerX - a horizontal spacer - just in case you need explicit distance to a certain element
      • spacer-y in class PLSpacerY - a vertical spacer - just in case you need explicit distance to a certain element
      • page break in class PLPageBreak - an explicit page break that starts a new page
    • The most complex element is a table, which consists of a number of "h-boxes" (rows) which itself consist of a number of "v-boxes" (columns) plus comes with repeating headlines etc.
      • See classes PLTable, PLTableRow and PLTableCell for details
    • Elements can have the following properties - if you know CSS you should be familiar with it:
      • "min-size" - the minimum element size
      • "max-size" - the maximum element size
      • "margin" - a transparent outer border (outside of the border)
      • "border" - a visible border with different styles (between padding and margin)
      • "padding" - a transparent inner border (inside of the border)
      • "fill-color" - the background or fill color of an element

A set of example files as created from the unit test can be found in folder example-files. The source code for these examples is https://github.com/phax/ph-pdf-layout/tree/master/src/test/java/com/helger/pdflayout

Similar libraries in this context:

Maven usage

Add the following to your pom.xml to use this artifact, replacing x.y.z with the real version number:

<dependency>
  <groupId>com.helger</groupId>
  <artifactId>ph-pdf-layout4</artifactId>
  <version>x.y.z</version>
</dependency>

Between v4.0.0 and v5.2.2 the artifactId was called ph-pdf-layout4

News and Noteworthy

  • v6.0.1 - 2022-05-07
    • Updated to jbig2-imageio 3.0.4
    • Updated to PDFBox 2.0.26
    • Added support for creating external links via new class PLExternalLink. See issue #14 - thx @rgarg-atheer and @martin19
  • v6.0.0 - 2022-01-05
    • Changed artifactId from ph-pdf-layout4 to ph-pdf-layout
    • Changed Java namespaces com.helger.pdflayout4.* to com.helger.pdflayout.*
  • v5.2.2 - 2021-12-29
    • Updated to PDFBox 2.0.25
    • Extended IPLHasMargin with (set|add)Margin(X|Y) to set or add to vertical or horizontal margin at once
    • Extended IPLHasPadding with (set|add)Padding(X|Y) to set or add to vertical or horizontal padding at once
  • v5.2.1 - 2021-03-22
    • Updated to PDFBox 2.0.23
  • v5.2.0 - 2021-03-21
    • Updated to ph-commons 10
    • Updated to PDFBox 2.0.22
    • Add syntactic sugar method PLTableCell.createEmptyCell()
  • v5.1.2 - 2020-06-15
    • Updated to PDFBox 2.0.20
    • Allow different page content height if the first page header and footer have different heights. See issue #14.
  • v5.1.1 - 2020-05-29
    • Updated to ph-fonts 4.1.0 (changed Maven groupId)
  • v5.1.0 - 2020-03-29
    • Updated to PDFBox 2.0.19
    • Updated to jbig2-imageio 3.0.3
    • Fixed line spacing on page break (see issue #10)
    • Allow table columns with different WidthSpec types, as long as colspan is 1.
    • Added another generic parameter to IPLSplittableObject
    • Made PageLayoutPDF API more chainable
    • New class PLBulletPointList can be used to create regular bullet point lists (see issue #9)
    • Updated to ph-commons 9.4.0
  • v5.0.9 - 2019-04-29
    • Updated to PDFBox 2.0.15 (security update)
  • v5.0.8 - 2018-11-22
    • Updated to PDFBox 2.0.12
    • Updated to ph-commons 9.2.0
  • v5.0.7 - 2018-07-10
    • Updated to PDFBox 2.0.11
  • v5.0.6 - 2018-06-21
    • Updated to org.apache.pdfbox:jbig2-imageio for JPEG handling
    • Fixed OSGI ServiceProvider configuration
    • Updated to ph-commons 9.1.2
  • v5.0.5 - 2018-04-16
    • Something went wrong when publishing to Maven Central - next try
  • v5.0.4 - 2018-04-16
    • Do not justify the last line of multiline text
  • v5.0.3 - 2018-04-16
    • Added ph-collection dependency for issue #4
    • Updated to PDFBox 2.0.9
    • Added possibility to justify text
  • v5.0.2 - 2018-02-21
    • Added possibility to use special page header and footer on the first page of a PLPageSet
  • v5.0.1 - 2018-02-12
    • Added image type support (issue #3)
    • Updated to BouncyCastle 1.59
    • Added new table grid types
  • v5.0.0 - 2017-11-09
    • Updated to PDFBox 2.0.8
    • Updated to ph-commons 9.0.0
    • Updated to BouncyCastle 1.58
  • v4.0.1 - 2017-05-16
    • Updated to PDFBox 2.0.6
    • Slight API extensions
  • v4.0.0 - 2017-02-22
    • No change compared to 4.0.0 Beta 5
  • v4.0.0 Beta 5 - 2017-01-19
    • Improved XML serialization slightly
    • Fixed an NPE with PLBox without a contained element
  • v4.0.0 Beta 4 - 2017-01-10
    • Block elements use full width now by default
    • Improved placeholder handling in text preparation
  • v4.0.0 Beta 3 - 2017-01-10
    • Binds to ph-commons 8.6.x
    • Fixed a height problem with vertical split HBoxes
    • Simplified class hierarchy for table rows
    • Made font fallback code point more flexible
    • Changed font rendering to use descent from font instead of heuristics
    • Fixed different border color rendering
    • Made debug rendering customizable
    • Added support for line spacing in PLText
  • v4.0.0 Beta 2 - 2017-01-03
    • The Maven artifact name was changed to 'ph-pdf-layout4' so that it can be used side-by-side with version 3.
    • The global package name was changed from com.helger.pdflayout to com.helger.pdflayout4 so that both 3.x and 4.x can run side-by-side
    • This is major rewrite to be closer to the CSS box model
    • VBox and HBox have no more layout information assigned to them
    • Added a new element "Box" that allows for easy alignment etc.
    • Separation between renderable objects, block element (box) and inline elements (text and image)
    • New class design for tables, so that each table cell is automatically represented by a box, each table row is a separate object
    • Added a simple grid system for tables to build the default grids easily
    • Added new "auto" width/height for columns/rows
    • Updated to PDFBox 2.0.4
  • v3.5.3 - 2017-11-07
    • Binds to ph-commons 9.0.0
    • Updated to PDFBox 2.0.8
    • Updated to BouncyCastle 1.58
  • v3.5.2 - 2017-01-10
    • Binds to ph-commons 8.6.x
    • Updated to PDFBox 2.0.4
  • v3.5.1 - 2016-10-07
    • Fixed a rendering flaw with borders
  • v3.5.0 - 2016-09-21
    • Changed internal class hierarchy to prepare for future changes
    • Changed package assignments for better grouping
  • v3.0.3 - 2016-09-19
    • Updated to PDFBox 2.0.3
    • Performance improvement by using optimized writer
    • Included optional MicroTypeConverters
  • v3.0.2 - 2016-09-06
    • API extensions for the classes in the "spec" package
  • v3.0.1 - never released because of issues with the release script :(
  • v3.0.0 - 2016-08-21
    • Requires JDK 8
    • Still on PDFBox 2.0.0 because of problems with 2.0.1 and 2.0.2

Version starting with 2.1.0 uses PDFBox 2.x, previous versions (up to and including 2.0.0) use PDFBox 1.8.x. Note: version 4.0.0 has troubles building with JDK 1.8.0_92 - updating to 1.8.0_112 or later should work.


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