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NAME

       PDF::API2::Simple - Simplistic wrapper for the excellent PDF::API2 modules

SYNOPSIS

           use PDF::API2::Simple;

           my $pdf = PDF::API2::Simple->new(
                                            file => 'output.pdf'
                                           );

           $pdf->add_font('VerdanaBold');
           $pdf->add_font('Verdana');
           $pdf->add_page();

           $pdf->link( 'http://search.cpan.org', 'A Hyperlink',
                       x => 350,
                       y => $pdf->height - 150 );

           for (my $i = 0; $i < 250; $i++) {
                my $text = "$i - All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy";

                $pdf->text($text, autoflow => 'on');
           }

           $pdf->save();

       Take note that PDF coordinates are not quite what you're used to. The coordinate, (0, 0)
       for instance is at the lower-left hand corner. Thus, x still grows to the right, but y
       grows towards the top.

METHODS

   new
            PDF::API2::Simple->new(
                        'file' => 'output.txt',
                        'width' => 612,
                        'height' => 792,
                        'line_height' => 10,
                        'margin_left' => 20,
                        'margin_top' => 20,
                        'margin_right' => 20,
                        'margin_bottom' => 50,
                        'width_right' => 0,
                        'height_bottom' => 0,
                        'effective_width' => 0,
                        'effective_height' => 0,
                        'header' => undef,
                        'footer' => undef,
            );

       Creates a new PDF::API2::Simple instance. A good strategy is to create a new object for
       each pdf file you want to create. That is, of course, up to you.

       ·   file - The PDF file you want to write to. No default, parameter required

       ·   width - The width of the PDF file. Defaults to 612, the 8 1/2 x 11 US Letter width

       ·   height - The height of the PDF file. Defaults to 792, the 8 1/2 x 11 US Letter height

       ·   line_height - The standard height you want to define for lines. The default is 10

       ·   margin_left - The amount of margin space you want on the left side. Of course, you can
           specify whatever coordniates you want. Default is 20

       ·   margin_top - The amount of margin space you want on the top of each page. Default is
           20

       ·   margin_right - The amount of margin space you want of the right side of each page.
           Default is 20

       ·   margin_bottom - The amount of margin space you want on the bottom of each page.
           Default is 50

       ·   width_right - A convenience property that contains the furthest x of the page,
           accounting for the margins specified

       ·   height_bottom - A convenience property that contains the largest "y" of the page,
           accounting for the bottom margin

       ·   effective_width - A convenience property that contains the width of the page, after
           the left and right margin have been accounted for

       ·   effective_height - A convenience property that contains the height of the page, after
           the top and bottom margin have been accounted for

       ·   header - This "CODE" reference will be called everytime a page is appended to the PDF,
           allowing you to specifiy a header for your pages

       ·   footer - This "CODE" reference will be called everytime a page is ended, allowing you
           to specifiy a footer for your pages

   open
         PDF::API2::Simple->open(
                     'open_file' => 'my_pdf.pdf',
                     'open_page' => 1,              # Default is 1.
                     # Any other options to new.
         );

       This method opens an existing PDF for editing. You can include any other arguments that
       are valid for "new" and they will be set in the resulting object.

   Space Management
       The following methods help you to manage the space on each page of your PDF.

       next_line_would_extend_page

       Returns a true value if the current "y" minus "line_height" would write past the bottom
       margin.

       would_extend_page "theoretical_y"

       Returns a true value if the "theoretical_y" would write past the bottom margin.

       next_line

       Reduces the current "y" by "line_height".

       add_page

       Closes the current page, resets the "x" and "y" values to thier default coordinates, and
       calls the header callback, if specified. This method may be called for in, such as if your
       autoflow text wraps over a page.

       end_page

       Closes the current page, and calls the footer callback, if specified. This method is
       usually called for you.

   General Management
       These methods help you manage the PDF itself

       add_font "font_name"

       This method will add a font to be used throughout the PDF. You "MUST" call this at least
       once before laying out your PDF. "font_name" is a font name, such as 'Arial', or
       'Verdana'. Appending 'Bold' seems to make the text bold, as in 'VerdanaBold'. Refer to
       PDF::API2 for more details.

       You can optionally pass a font object and font size if you have loaded an external font.

         my $font_obj = $pdf->pdf->ttfont('new_font.ttf');
         $pdf->add_font('NewFont', $font_obj, '12');

       Refer to PDF::API2 for the various font methods, like "ttfont", available.

       set_font "font_name"[, "pt"]

       Set the current font by name, and optionally a font size.

       as_string

       An alias for the stringify method

       stringify

       Ends the current page, and returns the pdf as a string

       save ["file"]

       End the current page, and save the document to the file argument, or the file specified
       when instaniating the object. If not suitable file can be found to save in, a
       "Carp::croak" is emitted. Aliases for this method are "saveas" and "save_as".

   Layout
       These methods modify the actual layout of the PDF. Note that most of these methods set
       some internal state. Most often, the last "x" and "y" are set after the rendered object.

       Most times, underscores may be stripped and the arguments will still work, such as is the
       difference between "fill_color", and "fillcolor".

       popup "text"[, %opts]

       Creates a 25x25 box at "opts{x}" (or the current "x"), "opts{y}" (or the current "y") to
       represent an annotation at that point. The user may then click that icon for a full
       annotation.

       url

       This is an alias for the "link" method.

       link "url", "text"[, %opts]

       Specifies a link to "url", having "text". %opts may contain:

       ·   "x" - The x position of the link. Defaults to "x".

       ·   "y" - The y position of the link. Defaults to "y".

       ·   "limit" - The amount to "limit" the text. This will add an ellipis (...) a few
           characters from the end if the text length is greater than this numerical value.
           Defaults to 0, which is to mean "do not limit".

       ·   "align" - Which alignment you want for your text. The choices are 'left', 'center',
           and 'right'. Defaults to 'left'.

       ·   "font" - Specifies via font name, the font to use. This sets the current font.

       ·   "font_size" - Specifies the font size. This sets the current font size.

       ·   "fill_color" - Specifies the fill color. This sets the current fill color.

       ·   "stroke_color" - Specifies the stroke color. This sets the current stroke color.

       This method returns the width of the text.

       text "text"[, %opts]

       Renders text onto the PDF.

       ·   "x" - The x position of the link. Defaults to "x".

       ·   "y" - The y position of the link. Defaults to "y".

       ·   "limit" - The amount to "limit" the text. This will add an ellipis (...) a few
           characters from the end if the text length is greater than this numerical value.
           Defaults to 0, which is to mean "do not limit".

       ·   "align" - Which alignment you want for your text. The choices are 'left', 'center',
           and 'right'. Defaults to 'left'.

       ·   "autoflow" - Any value but 'off' will notify this method to use "autoflowing"
           heuristics to gracefully wrap your text over lines and pages. Useful for variable
           length text. Note that due to laziness, this option is mutually exclusive with
           "limit".

       ·   "font" - Specifies via font name, the font to use. This sets the current font.

       ·   "font_size" - Specifies the font size. This sets the current font size.

       ·   "fill_color" - Specifies the fill color. This sets the current fill color.

       ·   "stroke_color" - Specifies the stroke color. This sets the current stroke color.

       If "autoflow" was not specified, this method returns the width of the text in scalar
       context, the bounding box of the text in list context. In autoflow mode, this method
       returns nothing.

       image "src"[, %opts]

       Renders an image onto the PDF. The following image types are supported: JPG, TIFF, PNM,
       PNG, GIF, and PDF. Note that the module determines the image type by file extension.

       ·   "x" - The x position of the link. Defaults to "x".

       ·   "y" - The y position of the link. Defaults to "y".

       ·   "width" - The width of the image. Defaults to 100.

       ·   "height" - The height of the image. Defaults to 100.

       ·   "scale" - Amount to scale the image. Defaults to 1. (only available for PDF types)

       line [, %opts]

       Renders a line onto the PDF.

       ·   "x" - The x position of the line. Defaults to "x".

       ·   "y" - The y position of the line. Defaults to "y".

       ·   "to_x" - The x position where to draw the line to.

       ·   "to_y" - The y position where to draw the line to.

       ·   "fill_color" - Specifies the fill color. This sets the current fill color. Defaults to
           "current_fill_color".

       ·   "stroke_color" - Specifies the stroke color. This sets the current stroke color.
           Defaults to "current_stroke_color".

       ·   "width" - Specifies the width of the line. Defaults to 0.5.

       rect [, %opts]

       Renders a rectangle onto the PDF. Rectangles are usually drawn specifying two coordinates
       diagonal from each other. (5, 5) to (30, 30) for example, would produce a 25 x 25 square.

       ·   "x" - The x position of the rect. Defaults to "x".

       ·   "y" - The y position of the rect. Defaults to "y".

       ·   "to_x" - The x position where to draw the rect to.

       ·   "to_y" - The y position where to draw the rect to.

       ·   "stroke" - A value of 'on', 'true', or 'yes' will enable the stroke. Defaults to 'on'.

       ·   "fill" - A value of 'on', 'true', or 'yes' will enable the fill. Defaults to 'off'.

       ·   "fill_color" - Specifies the fill color. This sets the current fill color. Defaults to
           "current_fill_color".

       ·   "stroke_color" - Specifies the stroke color. This sets the current stroke color.
           Defaults to "current_stroke_color".

       ·   "width" - Specifies the width of the line. Defaults to 0.5.

PROPERTIES

       The following properties are read/write, and may be used as $pdf->prop to read,
       $pdf->prop('val') to set.

   header
       Gets/sets the header callback.

   footer
       Gets/sets the footer callback.

   file
       Gets/sets the file used to save the PDF. It's recommended that you do not set this.

   width
       Gets/sets the width of the current page. It's recommended that you do not set this.

   height
       Gets/sets the height of the current page. It's recommended that you do not set this.

   line_height
       Gets/sets the default line height. This is used in most space layout methods.

   margin_left
       Gets/sets the left margin.

   margin_top
       Gets/sets the top margin.

   margin_right
       Gets/sets the right margin.

   margin_bottom
       Gets/sets the bottom margin.

   width_right
       Gets/sets the calculated value, "width" - "margin_right"

   height_bottom
       Gets/sets the calculated value, "height" - "margin_bottom"

   effective_width
       Gets/sets the calculated value, "width" - ("margin_left" + "margin_right")

   effective_height
       Gets/sets the calculated value, "height" - ("margin_top" + "margin_bottom")

   current_page
       Gets/sets the current page object. It's hard to find a good reason to set this, but it is
       possible to do so.

   pdf
       Gets/sets the raw PDF::API2 object. This allows you great flexibility in your
       applications.

   fonts
       Gets/sets the array of fonts we have been storing via the "add_font" method.

   current_font
       Gets/sets the current font.

   current_font_size
       Gets/sets the current font size.

   current_stroke_color
       Gets/sets the current stroke color. Aliases for this method are "stroke_color", and
       "strokecolor"

   current_fill_color
       Gets/sets the current fill color. Aliases for this method are "fontcolor",
       "set_font_color", "font_color", "fillcolor", and "fill_color".

   x
       Gets/sets the current x position.

   y
       Gets/sets the current y position.

BUGS / FIXES

       Please mail all bug reports, fixes, improvements, and suggestions to bugs -at-
       redtreesystems -dot- com.

PLUG AND LICENSE

       This project belongs to Red Tree Systems, LLC - <http://www.redtreesystems.com>, but is
       placed into the public domain in the hopes that it will be educational and/or useful. Red
       Tree Systems, LLC requests that this section be kept intact with any modification of this
       module, or derivitive work thereof.

THANKS

       Thanks to Jim Brandt for noting that the default values didn't do well with false values.

       Thanks to Denis Evdokimov for submitting more margin-fixing goodness.

       Thanks to Jonathan A. Marshall for fixing a long standing margin issue, and pointing out
       further documentation shortcomings.

       Thanks to Jim Brandt for the open method, contributing code to add_font, and offering
       beer.

       Thanks to Pradeep N Menon and Alfred Reibenschuh for pointing out optimizaiton issues, and
       helping to resolve them.

       Thanks to Simon Wistow for uncovering several bugs and offering up code.

       Thanks to Bryan Krone for pointing out our documentation shortcomings.

SEE ALSO

       PDF::API2

       There is an examples folder with this dist that should help you get started. You may
       contact pdfapi2simple -AT- redtreesystems _dot_ com for support on an individual or
       commercial basis.