PHPConf Taiwan 2012November 03, 2012 at 10:10. Template-Based DOCX, DOC & PDF Generation with Zend Framework 2. @JonathanMaron E-Mail or Google+.
About Jonathan Maron Head of Web Development and Operations. I work for a software and hardware manufacturer in Taipei, Germany and USA. We manufacture digital cameras for industrial, scientific and medical applications. We author desktop and server software components. http://www.theimagingsource.com http://www.textcontrol.com
New approach to generatingDOCX, DOC, PDF etc. files with Zend Framework 2.
Creating PDFs with PHP HTML-to-PDF Programmatic approach: approach: domPDF. Zend_Pdf. HtmlToPdf. PDFlib. HTML_ToPDF. FPDF. wkhtmltopdf. Cpdf. etc. etc.
Ralf Eggert quote “I personally consider the current version [of Zend_Pdf] to be limited in scope. It is extremelydifficult, if not impossible, to achieve usable results. At the moment, developers, including myself, are looking for alternatives [...]”PHP MagazinFebruary 2011 – March 2011, Ralf Eggert.
The template approach.
LiveDocx and Zend Framework 2 LiveDocx is a SOAP-based document generation service. ZendService_LiveDocx (New BSD license): PHP 5.3 implementation of LiveDocx. Easy-to-use PHP API to rich SOAP service. Native component of the Zend Framework 2. PHP 5 SoapClient and NuSOAP supported. All languages with SOAP are supported.
Sounds interesting.But how does it work?
3 steps of document generation STEP 1: In a word processor, create a template containing merge-fields. STEP 2: Populate merge-fields in PHP. STEP 3: Write generated document* to disk. * DOCX, DOC, HTML, RTF, PDF, TXT
Document generation process (1) LiveDocxTemplate Document Data Template + Data = Document.
Step 1: Creating a template (2)
Steps 2 & 3: Assign data & create doc
Multiple output formats, one API
Sample 2:Merging complex data structures.
Repeating blocks (loops)
Sample 3:Merging image data.
Merging image data
Sample 4:Exporting to one or more image files.
Exporting to image files
Multiple output formats, one API
Working with templates: Local vs. remote.
Using local templates Specify template in every request.
Using remote templates Upload template once. Reference template in all subsequent requests.
Supported file formats.
Supported template formats (input) DOCX - Office Open XML format. DOC - Microsoft Word DOC format. RTF - Rich text format. TXD - TX Text Control format.
Supported document formats (output) DOCX - Office Open XML format. DOC - Microsoft Word DOC format. HTML - XHTML 1.0 transitional format. RTF - Rich text format. PDF - Acrobat portable document format. TXD - TX Text Control format. TXT - ANSI plain text.
Supported image export formats Documents can also be exported to images: BMP - Bitmap image file format. GIF - Graphics interchange format. JPG - Joint photographic experts group format. PNG - Portable network graphics format. TIFF - Tagged image file format.
PHP Unconferences Well established unconferences about PHP. PHP Unconference Europe (Manchester, UK): 1st year: 100 attendees in February 2011. PHP Unconference Hamburg (Germany): 6th year: 320 attendees in August 2012. LiveDocx was used to create: Attendee badges (approx. 450 units). Vote posters (approx. 100 units).
Get involved! Try it out yourself! ZendService_LiveDocx Web Site. http://www.phplivedocx.org and http://goo.gl/oXUcf Download Demo VMware Virtual Machine http://goo.gl/3aAGb (great way to get started) ZendService_LiveDocx Source and Demos. https://github.com/jonathanmaron/ZendService_LiveDocx LiveDocx Web Site and Blog. http://www.livedocx.com Sign up for a LiveDocx account. https://www.livedocx.com/user/account_registration.aspx
Public / Hosted / Cloud LiveDocx Free is available for all to use. Documentation and registration at www.livedocx.com. LiveDocx Premium hosted service is available. TWD 1,140.00 per month. Cloud-based solutions in the pipeline. AWS EC2 and Windows Azure. Pay-as-you-go model.