[Grok-dev] Might interest someone: client-server-pdf-creation-with-xtopdf
sebastian at urbantalk.se
Tue Oct 20 05:54:23 EDT 2009
This was on the Reportlab mailing list, and I thought it might
interest someone. Maybe even to package this for Grok.
On Sun, Oct 4, 2009 at 1:19 PM, Vasudev Ram <vasudevram at gmail.com>
> Hi list,
> I'm happy to announce the release of v1.0 of PDFXMLRPC, a client-
> application that lets users create PDF content from text, over the
> or their intranet, using Reportlab, xtopdf, XML-RPC and Python.
> Usage example for PDFXMLRPC:
> You can run the server on one computer which is connected to the
> You can run the client on another computer which is connected to the
> When you run the client, it sends text content to the server. The
> then converts this text to PDF, and sends that PDF content back to the
> client over the Internet. The client then writes that PDF content to
> a local
> PDF file, which the user can then open / print / etc.
> (But also see the part about callability (i.e., programmability) of
> both the
> client and server below.)
> The announcement of PDFXMLRPC is here on my blog:
> That blog post has a link to a zip file that you can download, which
> contains the PDFXMLRPC package.
> The zip file contains the following files:
> - PDFXMLRPCServer.py - the server
> - PDFXMLRPCClient.py - the client
> - README.txt - documentation of the prerequisites needed (*), the
> links to
> get them from, the steps to install PDFXMLRPC, and steps to run it
> server and the client).
> - License.txt - the license file (PDFXMLRPC is released under the BSD
> (*) The prerequisites are:
> - xtopdf v1.0, Reportlab v1.x and Python 2.x or higher for the server
> - Python 2.x or higher for the client
> (XML-RPC is required for both the client and the server, but since
> it is
> included in the standard Python library, I don't treat it as a
> Although both the server and the client programs contain main()
> and therefore both can be run as standalone programs, they are also
> callable. There is one "top-level" class in each of the server and the
> client - PDFXMLRPCServer and PDFXMLRPCClient respectively.
> The main functions in the server and client, act as examples of how
> to call
> those classes.
> Since the classes are callable, you can incorporate the
> functionality of the
> server and the client, into your own larger programs, to get the
> functionality of client/server PDF creation over the Net, in your own
> I welcome any feedback on this software.
> Finally, thanks a lot to the Reportlab team and all the users who've
> improve it, for their work.
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