PDFlib is a developer toolbox for generating and manipulating files in the Portable Document Format (PDF). PDFlib’s main targets are dynamic PDF creation on a Web server or any other server system and to implement »Save as PDF« in existing applications. You can use PDFlib to dynamically create PDF documents from database contents, similar to dynamic Web pages. PDFlib has proven itself in a wide range of other use cases as well. Application programmers need only decent graphics or print output experience to be able to use PDFlib quickly. Since PDFlib frees you from the technicalities of the PDF file format, you can focus on acquiring the data and arranging text, graphics and images on the page.
PDFlib offers all functions required to generate PDF documents with text, graphics, images and interactive elements such as annotations or bookmarks.
- PDF/A-2 and PDF/A-3: PDFlib supports two additional parts of the PDF/A standard for archiving. PDF/A-2 is based on PDF 1.7 and supports transparency, JPEG 2000 compression, layers and many other features. While PDF/A-2 allows embedding of PDF/A-1 and PDF/A-2 documents, PDF/A-3 allows embedding of arbitrary file types.
- Tagged PDF and PDF/UA: Creating Tagged PDF is much easier through various convenience features, such as abbreviated tagging and automatic tagging of Artifacts. PDFlib’s table formatter automatically tags tables. Tagged PDF documents including structure elements can be imported with PDI.
- PDF/X: PDFlib 9 supports PDF/X-1a and PDF/X-3 as well as PDF/X-4/4p and PDF/X-5g/pg. PDFlib 9.1 adds support for PDF/X-5n for exchange of n-colorant production files, e.g. in the packaging industry.
- PDF/VT: PDF/VT is a standard for optimised PDF for variable and transactional printing. PDFlib can create output which conforms to PDF/VT-1, PDF/VT-2 or PDF/VT-2s according to ISO 16612-2 for Variable Document Publishing (VDP). Document Part Metadata (DPM) can be attached according to the PDF/VT standard.
- Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG): PDFlib imports vector graphics in the SVG format. SVG is the standard format for vector graphics on the Web and is supported by all mainstream browsers. PDFlib 9.1 introduces support for ICC profiles, CMYK and spot color in SVG.
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