PDFXMLRPC v1.0: Client and server for PDF creation from text

vasudevram vasudevram at gmail.com
Tue Oct 6 21:23:08 CEST 2009

I'm happy to announce the release of v1.0 of PDFXMLRPC, a client-
server application that lets users create PDF content from text, over
the Internet or their intranet, using Reportlab, xtopdf, XML-RPC and

Usage example for PDFXMLRPC:

You can run the server on one computer which is connected to the

You can run the client on another computer which is connected to the

When you run the client, it sends text content to the server. The
server then converts this text to PDF, and sends that PDF content back
to the client over the Internet. The client then writes that PDF
content to a local PDF file, which the user can then open / print /
etc. (But also see the part about callability (i.e., programmability)
of both the client and server below.)

The announcement of PDFXMLRPC is here on my blog:


That blog post has a link to a zip file that you can download, which
contains the PDFXMLRPC package.

The zip file contains the following files:

- PDFXMLRPCServer.py - the server
- PDFXMLRPCClient.py - the client
- README.txt - documentation of the prerequisites needed (*), the URLs
to get them from, the steps to install PDFXMLRPC, and steps to run the
server and the client.
- License.txt - the license file (PDFXMLRPC is released under the BSD

(*) The prerequisites are:

- xtopdf v1.0, Reportlab v1.x and Python 2.x or higher for the server

- Python 2.x or higher for the client

(XML-RPC is required for both the client and the server, but since it
is included in the standard Python library, I don't treat it as a
separate prerequisite).

Although both the server and the client programs contain main()
functions, and therefore both can be run as standalone programs, they
are also both callable. There is one "top-level" class in each of the
server and the client - PDFXMLRPCServer and PDFXMLRPCClient

The main() functions in the server and client, act as examples of how
to call those classes.

Since the classes are callable, you can incorporate the functionality
of the server and the client, into your own larger programs, to get
the functionality of client/server PDF creation over the Net, in your
own applications.

I welcome any feedback on this software. You can contact me via my
contact page: http://www.dancingbison.com/contact.html .

Finally, thanks a lot to the Reportlab team and all the users who've
helped improve Reportlab, for their work. And thanks a lot to the
Python team and users as well.

Vasudev Ram
Dancing Bison Enterprises
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