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Microsoft® Visual Basic® .NET Programmer's Cookbook by Matthew MacDonald

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Get Started with PDF Files

Problem

You want to read data from a PDF file or programmatically generate a PDF file.

Solution

Evaluate a third-party component, or a free open-source component from http://www.sourceforge.net.

Discussion

The PDF file format using a complex multipart format that includes embedded data such as images and fonts. In order to successfully retrieve information from a PDF file, you will need to use a third-party component. Some retail components are available, along with two freely downloadable components on SourceForge. These include the Report.NET library (http://sourceforge.net/projects/report) and the PDF.NET library (http://sourceforge.net/projects/pdflibrary).

Exporting data to a PDF file is conceptually similar to printing ...

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