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Which TCPDF function should I use in order to generate the pdf in a new browser window?
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In my experience, I have found FPDF.org to be a great resource.  I have not used it with Drupal, but I cannot imagine any reason why it would not work.  The class is very easy to use and very fast.  It allows positioning to within about 1/100 inch (good enough for find graphics on business cards).

When I have used it, I have written the PDF file into the server file system and produced a link to the PDF file in the browser window.  It's easy to set target="_blank" or some similar attribute of the <a> tag that points to the PDF file.

HTH, ~Ray
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can anyone pls post sample code...
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I can show you the "Hello World" example.  You can see it in action on my server, here:
http://www.laprbass.com/RAY_fpdf_hello_world.php

HTH, ~Ray
<?php // RAY_fpdf_hello_world.php


// DEMONSTRATE THE BASICS OF FPDF


// BRING IN THE PDF THING
require_once('fpdf16/fpdf.php');

// SYNTHESIZE THE PDF FILE NAME
$pdf_file_link = '/RAY_junk/' . 'temp_pdf_color' . '.pdf';
$pdf_file_name = getcwd()     . $pdf_file_link;

// DO THE HELLO WORLD EXERCISE IN WHITE ON A BLUE BACKGROUND
$pdf=new FPDF();
$pdf->AddPage();
$pdf->SetFont('Arial','B',16);
$pdf->SetFillColor(0,0,255);
$pdf->SetTextColor(255,255,255);
$pdf->Cell(40,10,'Hello World!',0,2,'L', TRUE);

// WRITE THE PDF TO DISK
$pdf->Output($pdf_file_name,'F');

// PRESENT A LINK
echo "<a target=\"my_PDF\" href=\"$pdf_file_link\">PDF</a>\n";

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Ok Ray...i will test it...
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Thanks....
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