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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IText has its own free 1 day conference http: RenderX and our implementation team makes use of iText in many, many situations — mostly all for manipulation of PDFs generated from RenderX.

In the book, there’s an example of a map of a city. As for FOP, the performance csn get really bad for huge tables due to the flawed design. Why not take itexh look at pdfbox? Had to go through a learning curve to achieve this but the end result was good.

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

To use those parameters passed in, you have to declare it first in your FO file. Notify me of new comments via email. Apache FOP and iText. From my point of view Apache licenses are more appropriate for commercial uses. In short, second Edition of this book mainly covers iText 5 along with.


Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Google case will have an impact on people using the old iText API. Originally posted by Bruce Jin: From the iText mailing lists it does seem to me that people use both libraries together. How HashMap works in Java?

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.

It have been found that many people have problem with the header settings to deliver the PDF file download with different browser. Share to Twitter Share to Facebook. For brevity, i have not included the input xml and xslt xsl: I have used iReport to design the report with placeholders and Jasper with Java to fill in dynamic content into the report.

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Other Open Source Projects. We’ve also found the following comment on this article: February 6, at 7: This is definitely not as feature rich as iText, but can be useful as to generate PDF files and support common functionalities, which is what most of the Java projects needs. Apache FOP is known for slow processing power. Fully written in Java.


There are projects where FOP is the better choice; and there are gop where you’re better off with iText. The lack of high-level object in PdfBox was a real showstopper in many cases.

You have to make sure that your FO templates comply to the standards, such as region-body must declare before region-before. Below is my short comparison on when to use which. Email required Address never made public.

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