I am about to do some research tomorrow, but if any of you has an
obvious answer, then that would help. I am looking to build PDFs from
Rails views, and I’d like some guidance on how to go about it.
If this is not the right forum, feel free to forward me to a better one.
I want to put placeholders, both text and images, onto a template and
end up with a PDF. I’m pretty open about how that all happens, so feel
free to make wild suggestions. The only important constraint I can think
of is that layout (meaning spacing) matters, so relying on a browser
rendering HTML is probably not an option. The template will be a kind of
background on which the placeholders will be laid out, and I imagine
it’s the template that will be the tricky part.
I have looked into PDF::Writer, but I’m not sure whether we’ll need to
draw the templates or not. If we get the template as a pre-rendered file
(say PDF, RTF, whatever), then I’d like to be able to overlay the
placeholders onto the template and merge.
So, any suggestions? Any questions for me? Any choice Google keywords
you care to suggest? I could really use your help.