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ItextSharp for creating PDF from asp.net

Posted on 2014-02-10
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I have a web application in which I need to make pdf files and I am using Itextsharp dll for creating pdf files.

Now one way is I create the pdf at the runtime using C# code
Second way (if possible) I create a sort of template in pdf and use it every time just to replace values in few place holder inside the pdf.

As my pdf structure would be same and only few values will be changes based on which user is creating it.
Is it possible that I may create a pdf file template with place holders in it and use it at the run time and replace place holder with actual values.
I want to use this approach because by this I will not have to change my code if clients wants any changes in the pdf file layout.
I can simple changes the template and use it.
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Question by:yadavdep
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by:Luis Pérez
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If I'm not wrong, I think this is very difficult, because PDF format is non-editable by default, so as long as you are creating PDF from scratch you'll have no problems, but once the PDF is saved, you cannot open that PDF and modify it using ITextSharp.

What I would do is, if the PDFs are very similar, program a global routine to create the PDF passing only the parameters that apply to the replacements.

Hope that helps.
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käµfm³d   👽 earned 210 total points
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Have you considered making a PDF form? You would have fillable fields that you can programmatically fill with iTextSharp. I haven't done this myself, but there are tutorials on how to do such:

http://www.codeproject.com/Articles/23112/Fill-in-PDF-Form-Fields-using-the-Open-Source-iTex
http://www.4guysfromrolla.com/articles/030211-1.aspx
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