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iText in Action: Creating and Manipulating PDF by Bruno Lowagie

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Chapter 1. iText: when and why

This chapter covers

  • History and first use of iText

  • Overview of iText’s PDF functionality

  • Introduction to the examples in this book

If you want to enhance applications with dynamic PDF generation and/or manipulation, you’ve come to the right place. Throughout this book, you’ll learn how to build applications that produce professional, high-quality PDF documents. More specifically, you’ll learn how to do the following:

  • Serve dynamically generated PDF to a web browser

  • Generate documents and reports based on data from an XML file or a database

  • Create maps and ebooks, exploiting numerous interactive features available in PDF

  • Add bookmarks, page numbers, watermarks, and other features to existing PDF documents

  • Split and/or concatenate ...

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