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Drawing PDFs 2

New PDF Features in Xojo 2021r1

Issue: 19.3 (May/June 2021)
Author: Marc Zeedar
Author Bio: Marc taught himself programming in high school when he bought his first computer but had no money for software. He's had fun learning ever since.
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A few issues ago (in xDev 18.6) I wrote about Xojo's new PDF-creation feature. I'm glad to say they've been improving it and with 2021r1, it's gotten even better.

I had planned on writing about how it now works with rotation and scale, two exciting new additions to the graphics class, but after tearing my hair out trying to get it to work, I discovered the Xojo documentation is wrong in showing those features as being available for the PDFGraphics class. There's a Feedback case indicating such support is coming, but for now, ignore the docs—it doesn't work.

Still, there are improvements to PDFGraphics and they are cool. I'm not super-excited about stuff like the outline property, which lets you draw text in outline form (see Figure 1). The same goes for dashed-line support (see Figure 2). I suppose if you create PDF forms you might like dashed lines, but they're not something I can ever remember needing. There's nothing wrong with them, however, and they can be used for some interesting effects.

Saving State

Much more useful are the handy saveState and restoreState commands. These let you memorize the current graphics settings and restore them later. This will save you a lot of manual code.

For instance, haven't we all seen code like this:

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