[Chicago] writing pdf files from python

Lukasz Szybalski szybalski at gmail.com
Wed Aug 20 15:36:03 CEST 2008

On Tue, Aug 19, 2008 at 11:00 PM, Steven Githens
<sgithens at caret.cam.ac.uk> wrote:
> Another option (although a bit more obtuse) that I used to make all the
> preprinted badges for this last PyCon was Jython + iText. I needed to open
> and modify existing PDF's (something the free version of ReportLab didn't
> support then, it might now).  It worked pretty well and pretty concise code
> using the Java library from Jython.

Thant's nice. I have to check, but I think openOffice can read from
pdf then output what ever it gets, but not sure how it would look.

As far as reportalb, I find it hard to use since you actually need to
create the pdf, layers, etc, vs in openoffice you design the letter in
openoffice and then you use python to fill in the blanks. At least
that is what I do.

What are you guys using pdf functionality for? What type of document?


> -steve
> Lukasz Szybalski wrote:
>> Hello,
>> On the last meeting one of you mentioned that you wanted to write pdf
>> from python.
>> I just did something similar with openoffice. You read openoffice
>> file, do some stuff and save it as pdf.
>> It works pretty nice..
>> Here is a manual.
>> http://lucasmanual.com/mywiki/OpenOffice
>> Lucas
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