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how to set absolute position with iText and Coldfusion

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I need genrate PDf form Java class iText from COldfusion and not with CFDOCUMENT that is very bad to generate PDF (too large file, too slow).
I've made some testing and when I use iText class its more quick, and my PDF are better optimized.
So in fact I need to create some text block, images. For the images its realy simple (see code below), you can choose to put the image bloc with point precision but impossible for the text block. I thing probably there are some setting that can be same...
So I created a paragrapgh block, but if I try to use phrase2.setAbsolutePosition(x,y); I have error message... What is the solution to put a text block at x,y position in my PDF page ?


Sample code for image block :

<cfscript>
// create a 'Document' object
rectangle = CreateObject("java", "com.lowagie.text.Rectangle");
pageSize = Rectangle.init(595, 842);
document = CreateObject("java", "com.lowagie.text.Document").init(pageSize, 0, 0, 0, 0);
Image = CreateObject("java", "com.lowagie.text.Image");

// get an outputstream for the PDF Writer
fileIO = CreateObject("java", "java.io.FileOutputStream");


// call the constructor, pass the location where you want
// the pdf to be created
fileIO.init("#expandpath("MYPDF.pdf")#");

// get a PDF Writer var
writer = CreateObject("java", "com.lowagie.text.pdf.PdfWriter");

// call the static 'getInstance' factory method
writer.getInstance(document, fileIO);

// open the document
document.open();
 
// create a new paragraph
paragraph = CreateObject("java", "com.lowagie.text.Paragraph");
phrase = CreateObject("java", "com.lowagie.text.Phrase");

phrase0 = paragraph.init(" ", Font.init(Font.HELVETICA, 15));

phrase = paragraph.init("HELLO", Font.init(Font.HELVETICA, 20));
phrase.setAlignment(Element.ALIGN_LEFT);

phrase2 = paragraph.init("WORLD", Font.init(Font.HELVETICA, 20));
phrase2.setAlignment(Element.ALIGN_RIGHT);

document.add(phrase0);
document.add(phrase);
document.add(phrase2);

//image block
Image.getInstance("#expandpath("logo.jpg")#");
logo1.setDpi(300,300);
logo1.scaleAbsolute(263, 117);
logo1.setAbsolutePosition(166, 32);
document.add(logo1);

document.close();
</cfscript>

Many thanks
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if I try to use phrase2.setAbsolutePosition(x,y); I have error message

com.lowagie.text.Phrase doesn't have a setAbsolutePosition method, only images.  Here's one alternative to positioning text absolutely. Since you're using cfscript, the code should be almost identical.

http://stackoverflow.com/questions/1625455/itext-positioning-text-absolutely
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I asked for Coldfusion and Java integration not for just the Java code, because my problem was to integrate the Java class in a Coldfusion Script tag...
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@alliancecube

I'm not sure why you had problems with it.  Especially as you didn't ask any questions.  I guess didn't look at the code too closely. As I said, since you're using cfscript it's almost an exact translation. In fact the only line that's different is the font line

    cb.SetFontAndSize(bf, 12);

instead of

     cb.SetFontAndSize(Font, 12);


Not a huge difference. Good Luck!
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