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Template pdf, add images, new pdf & preview images with FPDF & FPDI


For a project estimate I did some research in loading in a pdf template, adding some images to it and saving it to a new pdf and preview images per page. The technologies I used are FPDF, FPDI and Imagemagick with Ghostscript, all together in php on a local Windows XAMPP server environment. Here's  how it went:

1 - Installation

XAMPP already installed so no work with that.
Installation of Imagemagick

As I have a x64 Windows 7 machine I first got the Win64 dynamic at 16 bits-per-pixel - ImageMagick-6.7.4-6-Q16-windows-x64-dll.exehere which didn't seem to work. Apparently the official version is compiled in a way it's incompatible with my version of XAMPP, but the dll downloaded from here got it working. Installed in XAMPP's php/ext directory, added extension=php_imagick_ts.dll to XAMPP's php/php.ini!!! Should add something about installing imagemagick itself (not the dll)

Installation of GhostScript Just download and install the exe.

Installation of FPDF & FPDI Downloaded  and installed FPDF & FPDI to the fpdf/ directory of the webapp's root.

2 - Template pdf

I generated a sample pdf to put the images in with Photoshop, ugly as hell, but it should be doing the trick. Be sure to save the pdf with a compression version  Ghostscript can handle, just to be sure I used the lowest Adobe PS5.1 offered me: 1.4.

3 - Coding

First of the requires:


Then we make a new FPDI object and load the template pdf.

$pagecount = $pdf->setSourceFile('template.pdf');

Then we run through the pages and add the images. This template pdf contains only one page, and i add only two images, so you should probably set an array or something which add specific images to specific pages and coordinates (these are hardcoded in this example).

for ($i=1; $i <= $pagecount; $i++) {
  $tplidx = $pdf->ImportPage($i); 
  $pdf->addPage(); $pdf->useTemplate($tplidx,0,0,0); 

Next, the output is sent to a new pdf file.

$pdf->Output('new.pdf', 'F');

And after that, the preview images are generated using imagemagick.

$magick_dir = 'D:\xampp\ImageMagick-6.7.4-Q8' ; 
$send_cmd=$magick_dir .'\convert newpdf.pdf -resize x100 test.jpg' ;
$result = shell_exec($send_cmd) ;

This is my full PHP code:


for ($i=1; $i <= $pagecount; $i++) {
        $tplidx = $pdf->ImportPage($i);

$pdf->Output('new.pdf', 'F');

$magick_dir = 'D:\xampp\ImageMagick-6.7.4-Q8' ;
$send_cmd=$magick_dir .'\convert output/new.pdf -resize x100 output/preview.jpg' ;

$result = shell_exec($send_cmd) ;