[reportlab-users] ReportLab and "compositing" features
shiftedpixels at gmail.com
Thu Jul 12 14:16:22 EDT 2007
I've got a challenge to convert a project from FPDF (a PHP PDF
library) to Django and Python.
I figured here would be the best place to ask questions - since this
is the only PDF library I could locate (and was recommended from many
We've got an interactive "business card" type building application
written in Flash (AS1 ... ugh - old code). I'm porting it to AS3 and
Flash CS3 (possibly Flex 2/3). The interface consists of a drag and
drop model for adding images, text, and other content (background
colors, etc). This is all the easy part, generally speaking.
Now, the PDF generation part I feel will be tricky. I'd like to know
if the following is possible:
1. A content area defined as a canvas (say, a business card size area)
2. This canvas area acts as a clipping area for it's content - so
that I can load and place images outside of the boundaries (so they
3. Duplicate multiple canvases so that I can fill a page up that will
match an avery template.
I've seen a ton of examples, and can see how to create the PDFs with
relative ease. The tricky part with this is that all the images (clip
art - eps, jpg, or png) and the text fields are layered on top of one
another (like a photoshop composite). On top of that, the fonts used
will need to be pretty dynamic, though I've read that's as simple as
modifying the fonts to work with reportlab.
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