PDF::API2::HOWTO - A basic set of guidelines to use PDF::API2.
$pdf = PDF::API2->new; # $fnt = $pdf->corefont('Helvetica-Bold'); # $page = $pdf->page; $page->mediabox('A4'); # $gfx = $page->gfx; $gfx->textlabel(200,700,$fnt,20,'Hello World !'); # $pdf->saveas('/this/new/document.pdf'); $pdf->end;
The Acrobat/Adobe Reader will open and print files created with PDF::API2, but sometimes Acrobat (Full Product) will be unable to edit/update them.
Since the MS Core Fonts may not be available via X11, those corefonts may either look/print odd or may be entirely missing (dependent on installation).
Any version of Freehand is unable to open files either created or updated by PDF::API2. Redestilled files do work, but embedded fonts are missing, which is probably bug in Freehand's pdf engine.
Versions before 7.03 had problems reading PDF::API2 created pdfs.
PDF::API2 versions prior to 0.30_7x embedded Type1 Fonts not digestible by gs.
Since these are based on ghostscript, they can be used to redistill pdfs from and to PDF::API2.
Xpdf and tools need to be compiled with both freetype2 and libT1.
pdftops produces problematic ps-files if the pdf-file created via PDF::API2 contains embedded CFF (aka. Opentype) fonts.
pdftk is a nice tool to pre/post-process pdf-files.
Version 0.91 does not support big-endian unicode metadata as PDF::API2 does use as default.
Some versions of this software (5D PDF Creator) create pdfs not consumable by PDF::API2 (if you just need a pdf-printer driver use FreePDF).
PDF::API2 versions prior to 0.40_17 had a bug that screws up omnipages unfortunate image name-keys and lzw-encoded page descriptions.
PDF::API2 versions prior to 0.40_xx had a bug that screws up colorspaces of indexed images during import/save.
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