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I’ve been told that at least one airport in northern Alaska has a sign over the exit door: “Once you pass through this door, you are no longer at the top of the food chain.”

   — lkinl, Non Sequitur comic letters


PDF::Builder::Lite - Lightweight PDF creation methods


    $pdf = PDF::Builder::Lite->new();
    $img = $pdf->image('some.jpg');
    $font = $pdf->corefont('Times-Roman');
    $font = $pdf->ttfont('TimesNewRoman.ttf');


This class is unmaintained (since 2007) and should not be used in new code. It combines many of the methods from PDF::Builder and PDF::Builder::Content into a single class but isn't really otherwise any easier to use.

There have been many improvements and clarifications made to the rest of the distribution that aren't reflected here, so the term "Lite" no longer applies. It remains solely for compatibility with existing legacy code.


$pdf = PDF::Builder::Lite->new(%opts)
$pdf = PDF::Builder::Lite->new()
$pdf->page($llx,$lly, $urx,$ury)

Opens a new page.

$pdf->mediabox($llx,$lly, $urx,$ury)

Sets the global mediabox.


Saves the document (may not be modified later) and deallocates the PDF structures.

If $file is just a hyphen '-', the stringified copy is returned, otherwise the file is saved, and $self is returned (for chaining calls).

$font = $pdf->corefont($fontname)

Returns a new or existing Adobe core font object.


    $font = $pdf->corefont('Times-Roman');
    $font = $pdf->corefont('Times-Bold');
    $font = $pdf->corefont('Helvetica');
    $font = $pdf->corefont('ZapfDingbats');
$font = $pdf->ttfont($ttfile)

Returns a new or existing TrueType font object.


    $font = $pdf->ttfont('TimesNewRoman.ttf');
    $font = $pdf->ttfont('/fonts/Univers-Bold.ttf');
    $font = $pdf->ttfont('../Democratica-SmallCaps.ttf');
$font = $pdf->psfont($ps_file, %options)
$font = $pdf->psfont($ps_file)

Returns a new Type1 (PS) font object.


    $font = $pdf->psfont('TimesRoman.pfa', 'afmfile' => 'TimesRoman.afm', 'encode' => 'latin1');
    $font = $pdf->psfont('/fonts/Univers.pfb', 'pfmfile' => '/fonts/Univers.pfm', 'encode' => 'latin2');
$egs = $pdf->create_egs()

Returns a new extended-graphics-state object.


    $egs = $pdf->create_egs();
$img = $pdf->image_jpeg($file)

Returns a new JPEG image object.

$img = $pdf->image_png($file)

Returns a new PNG image object.

$img = $pdf->image_tiff($file, %opts)
$img = $pdf->image_tiff($file)

Returns a new TIFF image object.

$img = $pdf->image_pnm($file)

Returns a new PNM image object.


Saves the state of the page.


Restores the state of the page.


Sets extended-graphics state.


Sets the fill color. See strokecolor for color names and specifications.


Sets the stroke color.

Defined color-names are:

    aliceblue, antiquewhite, aqua, aquamarine, azure, beige, bisque, black, blanchedalmond,
    blue, blueviolet, brown, burlywood, cadetblue, chartreuse, chocolate, coral, cornflowerblue,
    cornsilk, crimson, cyan, darkblue, darkcyan, darkgoldenrod, darkgray, darkgreen, darkgrey,
    darkkhaki, darkmagenta, darkolivegreen, darkorange, darkorchid, darkred, darksalmon,
    darkseagreen, darkslateblue, darkslategray, darkslategrey, darkturquoise, darkviolet,
    deeppink, deepskyblue, dimgray, dimgrey, dodgerblue, firebrick, floralwhite, forestgreen,
    fuchsia, gainsboro, ghostwhite, gold, goldenrod, gray, grey, green, greenyellow, honeydew,
    hotpink, indianred, indigo, ivory, khaki, lavender, lavenderblush, lawngreen, lemonchiffon,
    lightblue, lightcoral, lightcyan, lightgoldenrodyellow, lightgray, lightgreen, lightgrey,
    lightpink, lightsalmon, lightseagreen, lightskyblue, lightslategray, lightslategrey,
    lightsteelblue, lightyellow, lime, limegreen, linen, magenta, maroon, mediumaquamarine,
    mediumblue, mediumorchid, mediumpurple, mediumseagreen, mediumslateblue, mediumspringgreen,
    mediumturquoise, mediumvioletred, midnightblue, mintcream, mistyrose, moccasin, navajowhite,
    navy, oldlace, olive, olivedrab, orange, orangered, orchid, palegoldenrod, palegreen,
    paleturquoise, palevioletred, papayawhip, peachpuff, peru, pink, plum, powderblue, purple,
    red, rosybrown, royalblue, saddlebrown, salmon, sandybrown, seagreen, seashell, sienna,
    silver, skyblue, slateblue, slategray, slategrey, snow, springgreen, steelblue, tan, teal,
    thistle, tomato, turquoise, violet, wheat, white, whitesmoke, yellow, yellowgreen

or the rgb-hex-notation:

    #rgb, #rrggbb, #rrrgggbbb and #rrrrggggbbbb

or the cmyk-hex-notation:

    %cmyk, %ccmmyykk, %cccmmmyyykkk and %ccccmmmmyyyykkkk

or the hsl-hex-notation:

    &hsl, &hhssll, &hhhssslll and &hhhhssssllll

or the hsv-hex-notation:

    !hsv, !hhssvv, !hhhsssvvv and !hhhhssssvvvv

Sets the line dash pattern.


Sets the line width.


Sets transformations (i.e., translate, rotate, scale, skew) in PDF-canonical order.


        'translate' => [$x,$y],
        'rotate'    => $rot,
        'scale'     => [$sx,$sy],
        'skew'      => [$sa,$sb],

Move to a new drawing location at C[$x,$y].


Draw a line to C[$x,$y].

$pdf->curve($x1,$y1, $x2,$y2, $x3,$y3)

Draw a Bezier curve with three control points.

$pdf->arc($xc,$yc, $rx,$ry, $alpha,$beta, $move, $dir)
$pdf->arc($xc,$yc, $rx,$ry, $alpha,$beta, $move)

Draw an arc centered at C[$xc,$yc], with x radius C[$rx] and y radius C[$ry], from C[$alpha] degrees to C[$beta] degrees. If C[$move] is true, do not draw a line to the start of the arc. C[$dir] defaults to 0 for counter-clockwise sweep, and may be set to 1 for a clockwise sweep.

$pdf->ellipse($xc,$yc, $rx,$ry)

Draw an ellipse centered at C[$xc,$yc], with x radius C[$rx] and y radius C[$ry].

$pdf->circle($xc,$yc, $r)

Draw a circle centered at C[$xc,$yc], of radius C[$r].

$pdf->rect($x,$y, $w,$h)

Draw a rectangle with lower left corner at C[$x,$y], width (+x) C[$w] and height (+y) C[$h].

$pdf->rectxy($x1,$y1, $x2,$y2)

Draw a rectangle with opposite corners C[$x1,$y1] and C[$x2,$y2].

$pdf->poly($x1,$y1, ..., $xn,$yn)

Draw a polyline (multiple line segments) starting at (move to) C[$x1,$y1] and continuing on to C[$x2,$y2], ..., C[$xn,$yn].


Close a shape (draw a line back to the beginning).


Stroke (actually draw) a shape whose path has already been laid out, using the requested strokecolor.


Fill in a closed geometry (path), using the requested fillcolor. The non-zero winding rule is used if the path crosses itself.


Fill (using fillcolor) and stroke (using strokecolor) a closed path. The non-zero winding rule is used if the path crosses itself.

$pdf->image($imgobj, $x,$y, $w,$h)
$pdf->image($imgobj, $x,$y, $scale)
$pdf->image($imgobj, $x,$y)

Please Note: The width/height or scale given is in user-space coordinates, which are subject to transformations which may have been specified beforehand.

Per default this has a 72dpi resolution, so if you want an image to have a 150 or 300dpi resolution, you should specify a scale of 72/150 (or 72/300) or adjust width/height accordingly.


Forces the start of text mode while in graphics.

$pdf->textfont($fontobj, $size)

Define the current font to be an (already defined) font object at the given size.


Set the baseline-to-baseline "leading" to be used for text lines.


Set the baseline-to-baseline "leading" to be used for text lines.

Deprecated, will be removed March 2023 or later. Use textleading().


Applies (writes out) the given text at the current text location, using the already-specified font.


Write a newline (drop down to the next line).


Force an end to text output and return to graphics.

$pdf->print($font, $size, $x,$y, $rot, $just, $text)

Convenience wrapper for shortening the textstart..textend sequence.

Go into text mode, set the font to the object and size, go to the location, set any rotation, set justification, and write the array of text. Justification is 0 for left, 1 for center, and 2 for right.


This module was originally written by Alfred Reibenschuh. It has had some minor updates over time, but otherwise is mostly unchanged.


Up (Parents)

Master Index 
PDF::Builder -- Facilitates the creation and modification of PDF files


PDF::Builder::Annotation -- Add annotations to a PDF
PDF::Builder::Basic::PDF -- Various utilities and support routines
PDF::Builder::Content -- Methods for adding graphics and text to a PDF
PDF::Builder::Docs -- additional documentation for Builder module
PDF::Builder::FontManager -- Managing the font library for PDF::Builder
PDF::Builder::Matrix -- matrix operations library
PDF::Builder::NamedDestination -- Add named destinations (views) to a PDF
PDF::Builder::Outline -- Manage PDF outlines (a.k.a. bookmarks)
PDF::Builder::Outlines -- further Outline handling. Inherits from PDF::Builder::Outline
PDF::Builder::Page -- Methods to interact with individual pages
PDF::Builder::Resource -- Base class for PDF resources. Inherit from PDF::Builder::Basic::PDF::Dict
PDF::Builder::UniWrap -- support routines for finding line breakpoints with Unicode text
PDF::Builder::Util -- utility package for often-used methods across the package.
PDF::Builder::ViewerPreferences -- How the PDF should be displayed or printed


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