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PDF File Creation and Processing with Python

Copyright 2010 by Stephen Vermeulen
Last updated: 2010 May 28
Printing from Python

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Python libraries exist that allow for creation of, and manipulation of, PDF files. ReportLab is possibly the most capable of these modules.

  • 2010-May-28: Manipulating PDFs with Python and pyPdf. [9142]
  • 2009-Oct-02: pdftable is a module and utility for extracting tables from PDF files (using pdftohtml to do the initial extraction). [8592]
  • 2009-Jul-15: Using pyPdf to crop margins in a PDF document. [8275] [1]
  • 2009-Jul-08: Using ReportLab to print page X of Y into a PDF file. [8241] [1]
  • 2009-Jun-23: PDFtoOCR is a Plone module to convert PDF files to text, using OCR processing if necessary. [8187]
  • 2009-Apr-14: Making a PDF from a directory of images by using ReportLab. [7871] [1]
  • 2009-Mar-06: How to concatenate PDF files using pypdf in only 10 lines of code. [7699]
  • 2008-Oct-23: How to generate reports that contain charts with ReportLab, a worked set of examples. [7078]
  • 2008-Oct-21: pdfgrid can be used to add a grid over the top of PDF pages. Not sure why you would want to do this, but it might be useful as an example of modifying PDF files. [7061]
  • 2008-Sep-24: pdfnup is a tool for laying out multiple pages per sheet. This is built on top of pyPdf. [6910]
  • 2008-Sep-17: pyPdf, (a newer link) A Pure-Python library built as a PDF toolkit. At present, there is only one actual tool in the toolkit - the ability to grab pages from PDFs and output them into a new PDF. Like a hammer, this tool is useful for two operations: splitting and merging. You can extract individual pages from a PDF file, or selectively merge pages from multiple PDF files. This is also available here. pdfsplit uses pyPdf to split a PDF file or rearrange its pages into a new PDF file. [112]
  • 2008-Aug-27: rst2pdf converts restructured text to PDF using reportlab. [6749]
  • 2008-Aug-21: pdfrecycle is a module that allows you to build a PDF file out of pages selected from other PDF files. It needs a full LaTeX environment installing to use it though. Its home page is here. [6280]
  • 2008-Aug-20: pdfposter is a tool to scale and tile PDF images to print on multiple pages, so you can print your own posters. The project home page is here. [5992]
  • 2008-Aug-05: The mediawiki markup system can be used to generate PDF pages with mwlib.rl. [6633]
  • 2008-Jul-27: pdfminer can be used to extract text and data from PDF documents. [6590]
  • 2008-Apr-21: The pisa (home page here) module uses the ReportLab toolkit to create PDF files from HTML and CSS input. This recipe is an example of using pisa. [4141] [1]
  • 2008-Apr-03: pdfcat is a tool for concatenation of PDF files. [5386]
  • 2007-Dec-06: An example of using pyPdf to extract text from PDF files [817] [1]
  • 2007-Dec-06: A Python script to extract JPEGs from PDF files. [4400]
  • 2007-Sep-30: pyText2Pdf, a Python script to convert pain text directly into PDF documents. [2407] [1]
  • 2007-Aug-27: Convert Microsoft Office documents to PostScript (or PDF) using an installed printer driver and win32com. [584] [1] [2]
  • 2007-Aug-23: Snowtide Informatics' PDFTextStream has been made usable with Python, allowing for extraction of text content from PDF files. [115]
  • 2007-Aug-23: Tiny RML2PDF converts RML formatted documents to PDF. [114]
  • 2007-Aug-23: Here is a DXF to PDF converter (it uses ReportLab for the PDF generation) [113]
  • 2007-Aug-23: ReportLab, a Python module for creating PDF files [111]
  • 2007-Aug-23: epydoc is a module to allow for the creation of PDF files from Python [110]

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