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Things you can do with DynaPDF

The MBS DynaPDF Plugin is more powerful than you think

Issue: 19.6 (November/December 2021)
Author: Stefanie Juchmes
Author Bio: Stefanie studied computer science at the university in Bonn. She came in touch with Xojo due to the work of her brother-in-law and got a junior developer position in early 2019 at Monkeybread Software.
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Are you curious about what's possible with the MBS DynaPDF plugin for Xojo? Here's a selection of just some of the possibilities. If you don't wish to read the entire article, just look through the following topics to find the features that interest you.

Create a New PDF

If we want to work with DynaPDF we first need to decide how to handle errors. We can make a class that has the class DynaPDFMBS as superclass. Here we can, for example, define different outputs for the error event. To make it easier you can copy the MyDynaPDFMBS class from an example project and adjust it to your needs.

Alternatively, you can just use DynaPDF and the plugin raises an exception of class DynaPDFErrorExceptionMBS, so you don't miss an exception.

In the methods or events in which you want to work with DynaPDF, you have to create an instance of this class for a new PDF environment. With the method CreateNewPDF we create a new PDF document. We add a new empty page with the method Append. While this page is open, we can draw some content on it. This may involve setting color with the SetFillColor or SetStrokeColor methods and calling drawing methods like MoveTo and LineTo to draw a line. With Rectangle, DrawArc, Bezier_1_2_3, and our other drawing methods, you may build complex vector graphics.

To write text you can use WriteText for simple text. Or you use a method like WriteStyledTextEx to fill in some styled text from Xojo directly into a rectangle on the page.

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