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Link multiple Textflow Blocks.

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<?php
/*
 * Linked text blocks:
 * Link multiple Textflow blocks
 * 
 * Import a PDF page representing an advertisement template containing multiple
 * blocks for one product offer each. Several product offers represented in a 
 * Textflow are filled into the appropriate number of blocks depending on the
 * length of the Textflow.
 * 
 * Required software: PPS 9
 * Required data: PDF document containing blocks
 */

/* This is where the data files are. Adjust as necessary. */
$searchpath = dirname(__FILE__,3)."/input";
$outfile = "";
$title = "Linked Text Blocks";
$infile = "advertisement_blocks.pdf";

/* Number of Textflow blocks which can be filled */
$nblocks = 6;

/* Name prefix of the blocks contained on the imported page */
$blockname = "model_"; 

$models = 
    "Our paper planes are the ideal way of passing the time. We offer " .
    "revolutionary new developments of the traditional common paper " .
    "planes. If your lesson, conference, or lecture turn out to be " .
    "deadly boring, you can have a wonderful time with our planes. All " .
    "our models are folded from one paper sheet. They are exclusively " .
    "folded without using any adhesive. Several models are equipped with " .
    "a folded landing gear enabling a safe landing on the intended " .
    "location provided that you have aimed well. Other models are able " .
    "to fly loops or cover long distances. Let them start from a vista " .
    "point in the mountains and see where they touch the ground. Have a " .
    "look at our new paper plane models! With our Long Distance Glider " .
    "you can send all your messages even when sitting in a hall or in " .
    "the cinema pretty near the back. Try our Giant Wing, an " .
    "unbelievable sailplane! It is amazingly robust and can even do " .
    "aerobatics. ";

try {
    $p = new pdflib();

    $p->set_option("searchpath={" . $searchpath . "}");

    /* This means we must check return values of load_font() etc. */
    $p->set_option("errorpolicy=return");
    $p->set_option("stringformat=utf8");

    if ($p->begin_document($outfile, "") == 0)
        throw new Exception("Error: " . $p->get_errmsg());

    $p->set_info("Creator", "PDFlib Cookbook");
    $p->set_info("Title", $title);

    /* Open a PDF containing blocks */
    $indoc = $p->open_pdi_document($infile, "");
    if ($indoc == 0)
        throw new Exception("Error: " . $p->get_errmsg());
    
    /* Open the first page */
    $inpage = $p->open_pdi_page($indoc, 1, "");
    if ($inpage == 0)
        throw new Exception("Error: " . $p->get_errmsg());
    
    /* Get the width and height of the imported page */
    $width = $p->pcos_get_number($indoc, "pages[0]/width");
    $height = $p->pcos_get_number($indoc, "pages[0]/height");
    
    /* Start the output page with the size given by the imported page */ 
    $p->begin_page_ext($width, $height, "");

    /* Place the imported page on the output page */
    $p->fit_pdi_page($inpage, 0, 0, "");
    
    /* Fill one or more blocks with the Textflow */ 
    $text = $models;
    
    $tf = 0;
     
    for ($i = 1; $i <= $nblocks; $i++)
    {
        /* Option list for text blocks; the font and encoding should be 
         * defined and the Textflow handle supplied. In addition we slightly
         * rotate the block rectangles by 3 degrees. Other options have
         * already been set in the properties of the blocks contained in
         * the input document, such as:
         * "fitmethod=clip" to clip the text when it doesn't fit completely
         * into the block while avoiding any text shrinking.
         * "margin=4" to set some space between the text and the borders of
         * the block rectangle.
         * "fontsize=16" for a font size of 16.
         * "backgroundcolor={gray 0.9}" to colorize the block rectangle with
         * a light gray.
         */
        $optlist =
            "fontname=Helvetica encoding=unicode rotate=3 ".
            "textflowhandle=" . $tf;
        
        $tf = $p->fill_textblock($inpage, $blockname.$i, $text, $optlist);
            
        $text = null;
            
        if ($tf == 0) {
            trigger_error("Warning: " . $p->get_errmsg() . "\n");
            break;
        }
            
        /* Check result of most recent call to fit_textflow() */
        $reason = (int) $p->info_textflow($tf, "returnreason");
        $result = $p->get_string($reason, "");
            
        /* End loop if all text was placed */
        if ($result == "_stop")
        {
            $p->delete_textflow($tf);
            break;
        }
    }

    $p->end_page_ext("");
       
    $p->close_pdi_page($inpage);

    $p->end_document("");
    $p->close_pdi_document($indoc);
    $buf = $p->get_buffer();
    $len = strlen($buf);

    header("Content-type: application/pdf");
    header("Content-Length: $len");
    header("Content-Disposition: inline; filename=linked_textblocks.pdf");
    print $buf;

} catch (PDFlibException $e) {
    echo("PDFlib exception occurred:\n".
        "[" . $e->get_errnum() . "] " . $e->get_apiname() .
        ": " . $e->get_errmsg() . "\n");
    exit(1);
} catch (Exception $e) {
    echo($e->getMessage());
    exit(1);
}

$p = 0;

?>