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Hi

I am generating a pdf from my php web application...

I need to use a specific font in the pdf, and have some css for the font like this:

p.top	{ font-family: 'HelveticaNeueLT-BlackCond';     }

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I have uploaded some fonts into the 'ttffonts' folder and I guess there must be more I need to do before I can use them in my pdfs... I have 3 fonts I need to use:

HelveticaNeueLT-BlackCond.ttf
HELVETICANEUELT-BOLDCOND.OTF
HELVETICANEUELT-CONDENSED.OTF
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Question by:cycledude
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by:Dan Craciun
ID: 39990687
After you uploaded the fonts to /ttfonts (not /ttffonts), did you also add entries for you fonts in config_fonts.php (in this->fontdata)?

Something like:
"Helvetica Condensed" => array(
        'R' => "HELVETICANEUELT-CONDENSED.OTF",
        ),
"Helvetica Bold Condensed" => array(
        'R' => "HELVETICANEUELT-BOLDCOND.OTF",
        ),
"Helvetica Black Condensed" => array(
        'R' => "HelveticaNeueLT-BlackCond.ttf",
        ),

You would then use
p.top      { font-family: 'Helvetica Black Condensed';}

HTH,
Dan
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by:cycledude
ID: 39990822
Hi

Thanks for the info..

I hadn't put the entry into the config_fonts.php  

I have now, and the fonts are in the correct folder (ttfonts)

but the font doesn't appear to be being selected as you would expect still


do I need corresponding files in the 'ttfontdata' folder too?
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by:Dan Craciun
ID: 39990827
Not according to the manual: http://mpdf1.com/manual/index.php?tid=453
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by:cycledude
ID: 39992130
i just tried changing the font selected to another in the 'fonts' array and it worked fine... it just doesn't want to play with my uploaded fonts at all..
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by:Dan Craciun
ID: 39992139
Have you tried them all?
I would expect troubles with the OpenType fonts, but not with the True Type one.
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by:cycledude
ID: 39992232
i have tried all 3 fonts I need to work, and a few others that I have uploaded but non seem to work....
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by:Dan Craciun
ID: 39992239
The fonts that do work, you can see them in the /ttfonts folder?
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by:cycledude
ID: 39992327
Hi

I tried the following test.. the only font from the ttfonts folder that seems to work is the monotype dejavumono (but even that may be a substitute font...)




http://your-website.co.uk/mpdf/


page code

<?php


$html = "
<html>
<head>
	<style>
		* { margin: 0 ; padding: 0; }
		.body { padding: 5%; float: left; margin: -140% 0 0 0; }
		p 	{ font-size: 30pt; margin: 0 0 0 7%; width: 60%; }
		
		.logo1	{ width: 15%; float: left; }
		.font1 { font-family: arial; }
		.font2 { font-family: tahoma; }
		.font3 { font-family: calibri; }
		.font4 { font-family: scriptina; }
		.font5 { font-family: dejavusansmono; }
		.font6 { font-family: HelveticaCondensed; }
		.font7 { font-family: helveticaboldcondensed; }
		.font8 { font-family: helveticablackcondensed; }
		
	</style>
</head>
<body>

<div class='body'>
<p class='top font1' >Arial: abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz</p>
<p class='font2'>tahoma: abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz</p>
<p class='font3'>calibri: abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz</p>
<p class='font4'>scriptina: abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz</p>
<p class='font5'>dejavusansmono; abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz</p>
<p class='font6'>Helvetica Condensed; abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz</p>
<p class='font7'>helveticaboldcondensed; abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz</p>
<p class='font8'>helveticablackcondensed; abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz</p>

    

</body>
</html>
"; 
 
  
include("mpdf/mpdf.php");


$mpdf=new mPDF('en-x',$size,'','',0,0,0,0,0,0);


$mpdf->WriteHTML($html);
$mpdf->Output();
exit;
//==============================================================
//==============================================================
//==============================================================
?>

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and config_fonts.php

	"dejavusansmono" => array(
		'R' => "DejaVuSansMono.ttf",
		'B' => "DejaVuSansMono-Bold.ttf",
		'I' => "DejaVuSansMono-Oblique.ttf",
		'BI' => "DejaVuSansMono-BoldOblique.ttf",
		),

	
	"HelveticaCondensed" => array(
		'R' => "HELVETICANEUELT-CONDENSED.OTF",
		
		),

	
		
	"helveticaboldcondensed" => array(
        'R' => "HELVETICANEUELT-BOLDCOND.OTF"
		 
        ),
		
	"helveticablackcondensed" => array(
        'R' => "HelveticaNeueLT-BlackCond.ttf"
		
        ),

	"Scriptina" => array(
        'R' => "SCRIPTIN.ttf"
		
        ),

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by:Dan Craciun
ID: 39992406
I downloaded the test file and you have only Courier, Helvetica and Times-Roman inside.

So, mPDF is not reading any font from that folder, meaning it can't see the folder.

Does it generate some kind of log so we can see the errors?

This looks promising: http://mpdf1.com/manual/index.php?tid=466
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by:cycledude
ID: 39992442
Hey thanks

I changed the value

$this->debugfonts = true;


but doesn't seem to show any errors... will they appear in a log or on the screen?
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by:Dan Craciun
ID: 39992450
I'm installing the package now in a test server. Will get back to you once I finish testing.
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cycledude earned 0 total points
ID: 39992483
Hey Dan

I think I got it working... not entirely sure how though...


http://your-website.co.uk/mpdf/

I took out the 'en-x' from the first parameter in the constructor of the mpdf class

$size = 'A4';

$mpdf=new mPDF('',$size,'','',0,0,0,0,0,0);


and it fired up..
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by:Dan Craciun
Dan Craciun earned 2000 total points
ID: 39992484
It's a font problem. Used a ttf variant of the Helvetica Condensed (LTe50052.ttf) and it worked, no issues.

I see you posted before this :) In my test page I don't have the "en-x" parameter.
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by:Dan Craciun
ID: 39992510
I think that behavior was intended. Look in config_cp.php. Particularly these lines:

           // Edit this value to define how mPDF behaves when using new mPDF('-x')
            // If set to TRUE, mPDF will use Adobe core fonts only when it recognises the languages above
            $coreSuitable = true;  break;

This means that your use of "en-x" forced mpdf to ignore any fonts you added.
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by:cycledude
ID: 40001141
thanks for the help dan, you da man ;o)
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by:sumi_dev
ID: 41575365
hey cycledude,

Your comment solve my issue!  :)
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by:Shenkie Koelkast
ID: 41852180
cycledude! I don't know if you are still alive, but you are a hero!!

I had 'c' as first parameter, removing it made the custom font work, hurray!

Thanks alot!
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by:Faye Armistead
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Shenkie Koelkast - Mwah! That fixed mine! mwah
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