Hi everybody . It's been a long time since version 0.1.4.6 was released !
Some cool things are happening for AlivePDF. Two new contributors joined AlivePDF development, I am happy to welcome Mark Lynch and Alexandre Pires who already did a great job implementing a new method called writeFlashHTMLText to handle basic HTML tags. We are still doing some tests with the current beta and it is still under heavy development
You can download an early early beta version of AlivePDF 0.1.4.7 on the SVN available here. (Yes !, AlivePDF SVN is finally up !)
For now here is the new stuff in this 0.1.4.7 version :
- Fixing European character issues
Thank you Fabien for telling me about issues with european characters, this was fixed in earlier versions and came back because of a typo in the source code !)
- Added a frame parameter to the save() method to open the PDF in a specific frame
This was asked in the issues list and added.
- Switched from private to protected to allow PDF class subclassing
We think that it will be easier to all of you to extend the PDF core class by allowing to extend it. PDF class is not is not set to final anymore
This will allow us to develop a PDF subclass handling advanced HTML tags. PDF core class will therefore handle only classic HTML tags.
- Added a writeFlashHTMLText() to handle basic HTML tag
This method will handle classic HTML tags (you can see that by its name).
- Added a header() and footer() to be overriden to implement easy pagination and automatic title on each page
Now that the PDF class can be subclassed, two new methods have been added. They are called automatically when a page is created. If you override those, you will be able to implement easily custom page titling and pagination.
Now, you may be asking, where is this great method called addGrid he told us about a few months ago !!?
It's definitely coming for this version, I spent a LOT of time working on font embedding (which is not yet finished) and did not focus on the addGrid method. But from what I can see in your comments, you really need this one. So I am going to stick to this one right now
A lot of new stuff is coming up for AlivePDF, I think one of the next big features coming in AlivePDF is XSL-FO support !