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Low-level PDF manipulation for F#

13 Mar 2017

The code contained here consists of a module for manipulating PDF objects (pdf.fs), and a very simple parser for Adobe Font Metrics files and glyph-lists (afm.fs).

Things it can do:

PDFs of arbitrary complexity can be created, but you may find it useful to wrap the module in something higher-level and more specific to your needs.

Included is an example program (example.fs), which takes as arguments the name of an input and an output PDF file. Page 1 of the input file is extracted, and then a single-page output file is created which shows page 1 of the input file scaled down and centered in the middle of the page, with a blue border and a centered caption above it.

Output of the example program, using the F# cheat-sheet as input

Building the example

The included code should be able to be run on nearly any system. It has no dependencies outside the .NET standard library. If you’re on a Linux system with mono and the F# compiler installed, type “make” to build.

If you’re building manually, select all F# files for building, with example.fs last in the list. You will also need to include glyphlist.txt and Times-Roman.afm as assembly resources. The names of these resources should be the same as their filenames.