An independent contractor recommended FOP so that was the project I
looked at first.
I have used FOP so I know it works, though I'm sure no one else uses it
the same way.
I just create XML with data including tags to tell it specifically what
goes where on each page.
I've had 2 problems with FOP.
1) It takes too much memory to generate a really large PDF.  I've had to
break up my data and generate multiple PDFs using the initial page
sequence tag, then I used pdfbox to piece them together.
2) The AWT viewer was very inefficient, so I wrote my own.

I'm not familiar with iText so I don't know if it can generate the PDFs
like FOP with the custom embedded fonts, SVG graphics, etc.
I saw some messages recently on the pdfbox list that people were
switching from iText, something about licensing issues.

-----Original Message-----
From: Chris Bowditch [] 
Sent: Friday, August 26, 2011 5:52 AM
Subject: Re: How do you smooth fonts?

On 22/08/2011 21:57, Eric Douglas wrote:

Hi Eric,

> When I transform XSLFO with FOP I can send the output to PDF or AWT 
> and text looks sharp.
> I'm trying to use the same fonts to generate graphics directly since 
> I'm programmatically generating the input to my FOP process and I 
> don't actually need the XSLFO process.

If you know the position of all your text in advance and don't need
XSL-FO, then FOP seems like the wrong tool for the job. Why not use
iText, which has an API for creating PDF?
> I know exactly what text I want to print, what size I want it, and 
> exactly where I want it on the page.
> I tried putting the text on an image and putting the image on a Swing 
> panel and it always comes out fuzzy.  It's even fuzzier if I try to 
> save that image to a file or send it to a printer.
> I tried using the FOP classes for loading the font, using the 
> Java2DGraphicsState, FontInfo, and FontMetricsMapper objects to 
> generate the text.  It's always rendered blurry.  What could I be


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