iText 7: Jump-Start Tutorial
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iText 7: Jump-Start Tutorial

About the Book

This tutorial is the first manual on how to use iText 7. It's not the ultimate resource the way "iText in Action" was for iText2 and "iText in Action - Second Edition" for iText5. It's called a Jump-Start Tutorial because it gives you a quick overview of the basic iText functionality, limited to PDF creation and manipulation. This allows new iText users to discover what's possible, whereas seasoned iText users will spot what's different compared to iText5.

iText 7 brings:

  • a complete revision of all main classes and interfaces to make them more logical for users on one hand, while keeping them compatible with iText 5 as much as possible on the other hand,
  • a completely new layout module, which surpasses the abilities of the iText 5 ColumnText object, and enables generation of complex PDF layouts,
  • a complete rewrite of the font classes, enabling advanced typography.

It's our intention to release a series of separate tutorials zooming in on the different aspects of iText 7 in more detail, such as an in-depth overview of the high-level objects, an adapted "ABC of PDF" handbook, a manual dedicated to AcroForms and nothing but AcroForms. We'll also need tutorials for functionality that isn't covered in this Jump-Start Tutorial, such as digital signature technology and text extraction.

About the Author

iText Software
iText Software

iText is one of the fastest growing technology companies in the digital document space. The company’s flagship product is an open source software library to create and manipulate PDF documents in Java and .NET (C#). There are currently millions of iText users, both open source (AGPL) and commercial. iText’s customers (software developers, technology vendors, software integrators) span the fields of technology, financial, public, government and health care sectors including many of the Fortune 500 companies. iText has dedicated international teams with offices in Belgium (Ghent), South Korea (Seoul), Singapore and in the USA (Boston). 

Table of Contents

  • Before we start: installing iText 7
  • Chapter 1: Introducing basic building blocks
    • Introducing iText’s basic building blocks
    • Publishing a database
    • Summary
  • Chapter 2: Adding low-level content
    • Drawing lines on a canvas
    • The coordinate system and the transformation matrix
    • The graphics state
    • The text state
    • Summary
  • Chapter 3: Using renderers and event handlers
    • Introducing a document renderer
    • Applying a block renderer
    • Handling events
    • Summary
  • Chapter 4: Making a PDF interactive
    • Adding annotations
    • Creating an interactive form
    • Filling out a form
    • Summary
  • Chapter 5: Manipulating an existing PDF document
    • Adding annotations and content
    • Changing the properties of form fields
    • Adding a header, footer, and watermark
    • Changing the page size and orientation
    • Summary
  • Chapter 6: Reusing existing PDF documents
    • Scaling, tiling, and N-upping
    • Assembling documents
    • Merging forms
    • Merging flattened forms
    • Summary
  • Chapter 7: Creating PDF/UA and PDF/A documents
    • Creating accessible PDF documents
    • Creating PDFs for long-term preservation, part 1
    • Creating PDFs for long-term preservation, part 2 and 3
    • Merging PDF/A documents
    • Summary

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