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6. Dynamic PDF > 86. Use Perl to Create PDF

Use Perl to Create PDF

Create or modify PDF with a Perl script.

Many web sites use Perl for creating dynamic content. You can also use Perl to script Acrobat on your local machine [Hack #95] . Given the great number of packages that extend Perl, it is no surprise that packages exist for creating and manipulating PDF. Let’s take a look.

Install Perl and the PDF::API2 Package on Windows

[Hack #95] explains how to install Perl on Windows. After installing Perl, use the Perl Package Manager to easily install the PDF::API2 package.

Launch the Programmer’s Package Manager (PPM, formerly called Perl Package Manager) by selecting Start Programs ActiveState ActivePerl 5.8 Perl Package Manager. A command prompt will open with its ppm> prompt awaiting your command. Type help to see a list of commands. Type search pdf to see a list of available packages. To install PDF::API2, enter install pdf-api2. The Package Manager will fetch the package from the Internet and install it on your machine. The entire session looks something like this:


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