Chapter 2. PDF engine jump-start

This chapter covers

  • Hello World, Hello iText

  • Creating a PDF document in five steps

  • Manipulating PDF: the basics

If you’re new to iText, reading this chapter will be like your first day on a new job. Somebody gives you a quick tour of the building and makes you shake hands with people you don’t know, and all the while you’re hoping you’ll be able to remember all of their names. At the end of the day, you may have the feeling you haven’t done anything substantial, but really, you’ve done something important: You’ve said “hello” to everyone.

In this chapter, you’ll create new PDF documents in five easy steps, and you’ll learn several ways to implement one of those steps: adding content. You’ll also learn how to read and ...

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