ReportLab: PDF Processing with Python

ReportLab is the primary package that most Python developers use for creating PDFs programmatically. This book will take a deep dive into this package and teaches you how to use this versatile library.

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This book covers the following topics:

  • Creating PDFs with ReportLab Canvas methods
  • Using PLATYPUS in ReportLab for Dynamic Reports
  • Turning Data into Reports with ReportLab
  • Splitting / Joining PDFs with PyPDF2 and pdfrw
  • Rotating Pages
  • PDF Security
  • Merging PDFs
  • and much, much more!

Full Table of Contents

  • Introduction
    • About the Author
    • Conventions
    • Setting up & Activating a Virtual Environment
    • Dependencies
    • Installation
    • Configuration
    • Reader Feedback
    • Errata
    • Code Examples
  • Part I – The ReportLab Toolkit
  • Chapter 1 – Getting Started with Reportlab
    • The Canvas Object
    • Canvas Methods
    • Using Colors in ReportLab
    • Adding a Photo
    • The textobject
    • Create a Page Break
    • Canvas Orientation (Portrait vs. Landscape)
    • Other methods
    • A Simple Sample Application
    • Wrapping Up
  • Chapter 2 – ReportLab and Fonts
    • Unicode / UTF8 is the Default
    • The Standard Fonts
    • Other Type-1 Fonts
    • TrueType Fonts
    • Asian Fonts
    • Switching Between Fonts
    • Wrapping Up
  • Chapter 3 – Intro to Page Layout
    • The Basics of PLATYPUS
    • Changing Fixed Elements Across Pages
    • Flowable Methods
    • Frame Basics
    • Templates
    • Flowable Orientation (Portrait vs. Landscape)
    • Wrapping Up
  • Chapter 4 – Paragraphs
    • Paragraph Styles
    • Paragraph Markup Tags
    • The Outermost Markup Tags
    • Using Intra-Paragraph Markup
    • Working with Fonts
    • Superscripts & Subscripts
    • Inserting Inline Images
    • Numbering Paragraphs / Sections
    • Bullets
    • Wrapping Up
  • Chapter 5 – Tables
    • The Table’s Methods
    • Applying Style to Your Table
    • Cell Formatting
    • Changing Fonts in Tables
    • Line Commands
    • Cell Alignment
    • Alternating Background Colors
    • Putting Paragraphs in Your Cells
    • Adding Images to Cells
    • Spanning
    • Wrapping Up
  • Chapter 6 – Other Flowables
    • Preformatted
    • XPreformatted
    • The Image Flowable
    • The Spacer Flowable
    • PageBreak
    • CondPageBreak
    • KeepTogether
    • How to Add a Table of Contents
    • SimpleIndex
    • ListFlowable / ListItem
    • Wrapping Up
  • Chapter 7 – Creating Your Own Flowables
    • Creating a Line Flowable
    • Creating a Bordered Textbox + Line Flowable
    • Modifying a Pre-Existing Flowable
    • Wrapping Up
  • Chapter 8 – Intro to Graphics and Charts
    • What is a Drawing?
    • ReportLab’s Renderers
    • The Coordinate System
    • A Simple Drawing
    • Supported Outputs
    • Verifying Attributes
    • Naming Shapes
    • Charts and Graphs
    • Labels
    • Axes
    • Bar Charts
    • Line Charts
    • Line Plots
    • Pie Charts
    • Adding Titles and Legends
    • Odds and Ends
    • Wrapping Up
  • Chapter 9 – Other Graphics
    • Shapes
    • Widgets
    • Bar Codes
    • Wrapping Up
  • Chapter 10 – Creating Special Features in Your PDF
    • File Annotations
    • Bookmarks
    • Page Transitions
    • Encryption
    • Interactive Forms
    • Wrapping Up
  • Part II – Tutorials and How-Tos
  • Chapter 11 – Turning Data into PDFs
    • Getting Started
    • Creating the Base Template Class
    • Refactoring the EOB Class
    • Creating a Multipage Document
    • Using Real Data
    • Consuming XML
    • Wrapping Up
  • Chapter 12 – Custom Headers and Footers
    • A Naive Header
    • Putting the Header on Every Page
    • Adding a Logo
    • Configurable Logos
    • Adding Page Numbers
    • Adding a Page Number of Total
    • Headers + Footers
    • Wrapping Up
  • Chapter 13 – Creating a PDF Library
    • Accepting Different Data Formats
    • Multipage Data Files
    • Custom Stylesheets
    • Configuring Your Application
    • Adding a Graphical User Interface
    • Finishing the User Interface
    • Wrapping Up
  • Chapter 14 – The PyPDF2 Package
    • Installation
    • Extracting Metadata from PDFs
    • Extracting Text from PDFs
    • Splitting PDFs
    • Merging Multiple PDFs Together
    • Rotating Pages
    • Overlaying / Watermarking Pages
    • PDF Encryption
    • Wrapping Up
  • Chapter 15 – The pdfrw Package
    • Installation
    • Extracting Information from PDF
    • Splitting
    • Merging / Concatenating
    • Rotating
    • Overlaying / Watermarking Pages
    • Scaling
    • Combining pdfrw and ReportLab
    • Wrapping Up
  • Chapter 16 – Extracting and Exporting Data from PDFs
    • Extracting Text with PDFMiner
    • Exporting Text via pdf2txt.py
    • Extracting Text with Slate
    • Exporting Your Data
    • Exporting to XML
    • Exporting to JSON
    • Exporting to CSV
    • Extracting Images
    • Wrapping Up
  • Chapter 17 – Filling in PDF Forms
    • Creating a Simple Form
    • Merging Overlays
    • Other Ways to Fill Forms
    • Using the pdfforms Package
    • Wrapping Up
  • Chapter 18 – Converting Markup to PDF
    • rst2pdf
    • WeasyPrint
    • Pandoc
    • LaTeX
    • Wrapping Up
  • Chapter 19 – The PyFPDF Package
    • Installation
    • Basic Usage
    • Working with Fonts
    • Drawing
    • Adding Images
    • Multipage Documents
    • Headers and Footers
    • Tables
    • Transform HTML to PDF
    • Web2Py
    • Templates
    • Wrapping Up
  • Appendix A – Adding SVG Files in ReportLab
    • Dependencies
    • Installation
    • Usage
    • Drawing on the Canvas
    • Adding an SVG to a Flowable
    • Scaling SVGs in ReportLab
    • Using SVG Plots from matplotlib in ReportLab
    • Using svg2pdf
    • Wrapping Up
  • Appendix B – Getting System Fonts
    • The fontTools Package
    • Getting the System’s Fonts
    • Wrapping Up
  • Appendix C – Creating a Color Demo
    • Getting the Colors
    • Wrapping Up
  • Afterword and Thanks
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