PDF rendering toolkit?

Jorge Vargas jorge.vargas at gmail.com
Mon Jan 8 16:57:45 CET 2007


On 1/8/07, Chris Mellon <arkanes at gmail.com> wrote:
> On 1/5/07, Jorge Vargas <jorge.vargas at gmail.com> wrote:
> > Hi
> >
> > I'm looking for a tool to take an actual .pdf file and display it in a
> > window (I'm using wxwidgets at the moment)
> >
> > I have found several project but none seem to do what I need.
> >
> > http://sourceforge.net/projects/pdfplayground seems like a nice
> > toolkit to edit pdf files with python code, but nothing about
> > rendering.
> >
> > I have find out http://poppler.freedesktop.org/ but there seems to be
> > no python bindings for it.
> >
> > there is also an example at http://www.daniweb.com/code/snippet618.html
> > using wx.lib.pdfwin but that is windows only, I need at least Linux
> > support better if it's platform independant as python *should* be
> >
> > and the reportlabs BSD packages can't do this.
> > http://www.reportlab.org/devfaq.html#2.1.5
> >
> > anyone knows of a toolkit to do this? bonus points if's it is already
> > integrated into wxpython
> > --
>
> Rendering PDF is quite hard, much harder than writing it.
yes indeed
> There are
> relatively few PDF rendering solutions for any platform, and it's
> non-trivial to merge one with a specific UI solution. So I'm not aware
> of any cross-platform solution. Most PDF usage either embeds the Adobe
> ActiveX control (on windows) or just shunts it off the user to find a
> working PDF viewer.
I guess for now I'll use the ActiveX code on windows and try out
Martin's suggestion on embedding a window of acrobat reader on the
linux part.

On the other hard I'm going to email the poppler guys to see if they
are interested in some python and/or wxwidgets integration.


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