[fpc-pascal] What library would be recommended for creating pdf file (print invoices)

Michael Van Canneyt michael at freepascal.org
Thu May 2 10:31:46 CEST 2013

On Thu, 2 May 2013, Adrian Maier wrote:

> Hello guys ,
> I'm wondering which is the best library available for freepascal that i could use to generate printable invoices?
> Most likely a lot of people need this kind of functionality in their applications, so ... perhaps there is some obvious choice that someone could point to me immediately ;)
> Some background information:   i'm adapting an existing application for a new customer.  Previously,
> the invoices were simple text files that were sent directly to a matrix printer (using pre-printed
> paper that contained the company logo, the labels, the lines/boxes).    
> But now i have to find a solution to draw the entire invoice on blank paper.  
> An important remark: the invoice generator has to be a console program, because it will be part
> of a bigger application that has a text-interface (running on linux).
> So far i am aware of :
> - lazreport.   To me it's unclear whether this one can be used in a console application.   


> - powerpdf , a library for creating pdf files  
> - libharu,   a c-library that can be used from pascal (mentioned on this list in an older thread)
> - fpgui has a component that would allow pdf creation
> Probably there are several other libraries available.
> Which one would you recommend to me   (taking into account the API cleanliness)  ?   

powerpdf or the fpgui one.


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