Caveat: iText may swallow PDF bookmarks. But Jens Stavnstrup tells us in issue FOP that this doesn’t happen if you use iText’s PDFStamper. Here is. I have a requirement to present a PDF on demand in a web application injecting user specific data. I’m looking at both Apache FOP and iText. Dear Author: We have been using Apache FOP to generate FDP files. How does iText compare to FOP? Thanks.

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Java Revisited: Open source Java Libraries to Create PDF documents – iText vs Apache FOP

February 7, at NullPointerException Location of error unknown java. The good thing about iText is that it’s available in both Java and C. We’ve also found the following comment on this article: Post Your Answer Discard By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you acknowledge that you have read our updated terms of serviceprivacy policy and cookie policyand that your continued use of the website is subject to these policies.

Why is this important? Ashish Sharma 8. Other Open Source Projects. How to differentiate between an Average and a Good How have people solved this problem? From the iText mailing lists it does seem to me that people use both libraries together. If you guys can talk more. PDF format is a popular format for sending receipt, email confirmation and other documentation and we often has requirement to create PDF documents using Javamostly in JSP pages. It is pretty complete but has holes that have tripped me up frequently.

From my point of view Apache licenses are more appropriate for commercial uses. Its simple and free! It is also one of the oldest and has huge user added codes and hence has matured over the years.


The lack of high-level object in PdfBox was a real showstopper in many cases. Post as a guest Name. Because iText allows you to define the layout in a more accurate way, and because iText is much faster than FOP.

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Sieve of Eratosthenes Algorithm to generate Prime December 7, at Is there a visual design tool for this define the layout? Jasperreports is NOT very capable for this type of output I was constrained to use this Jasper by our architects. To use those parameters passed in, you have to declare it first in your FO file. You said “iText allows you to define the layout in a more accurate way”. I have been using FOP for the last month on a major project.

Which one should we go for or should we use the combination of two? How HashMap works in Java? It is sorta covered in the JavaRanch Style Guide. You guys have any thoughts on that.

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Would recommend iTextSharp any day. Also iText supports bi-drectional languages such as Arabic pretty well.

With more accuracy I also mean you can control the PDF at the lowest level. However, it would be ideal if we could separate the styling of the PDF from the code that generates the document. Best thing about iText in Action is that its written by the creator of iText himself, so its extensive as well as authoritative. What is Apache Fop? I have to prepare PDF document with images generated by servletsso it seems that iText is a good solution.?


You can visit here for more details: Supposedly, FO was never intended to stand independently XSL, but I think that was a pretty silly design decision on the part of somebody from a few years back.

When extending this concept to different layouts and different formatting and conditional logic … It is a balance between writing XSL to create FO or writing in Java or C to create specific documents.

Apache license vs GNU. I could go on for hours on this topic, there are just too many differences to sum up. And then you can use it where is appropriate. If your project is already using iText then paying this license fee seems to be better option than migrating your PDF processing code to another Java library. It seems to me that iText is a better fit for what we’re doing.

A cursory examination of the iText site didn’t reveal any comparable list of compliance with the standard – if you find one, please post the location. But please please please don’t take my word for it! I have to prepare PDF document with images generated by servlets, so it seems that iText is a good solution.?

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