FPDF: PDF Creation and Manipulation in PHP

Thursday Mar 10th 2011 by Glen Kunene
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FPDF provides PDF manipulation capabilities in PHP at open source prices. Find out how to use this single-class PHP enhancement.

PHP has supported PDF document manipulation for at least a decade, which many PHP developers implement for commercial purposes via the PDFlib library, a fairly expensive piece of software (PDFlib 8 costs $1,095).

In his PHPBuilder article Creating and Manipulating PDFs with PHP and FPDF, Developer.com Contributing Editor Jason Gilmore introduces an open source PDF manipulation solution that is much more cost effective: FPDF. He writes:

FPDF is an open source PHP class released under a permissive license, which indicates that the software can be used for any purpose, commercial or otherwise. Bundling its PDF manipulation functionality into a single class, using FPDF is as simple as referencing it within your PHP script using the require statement.

In his article, Jason walks you through:

  1. Installing FPDF
  2. Creating Your First PDF with FPDF
  3. Adding multiple sections of text
  4. Adding images
  5. Adding a watermark

 

Read the full story at PHPBuilder:
Creating and Manipulating PDFs with PHP and FPDF

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