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FPDF: PDF Creation and Manipulation in PHP

Friday Mar 11th 2011 by Glen Kunene

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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