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    This is a PHP class for generating PDF documents without requiring external extensions.
    TCPDF project ( was originally derived in 2002 from the Public Domain FPDF class by Olivier Plathey (, but now is almost entirely rewritten.

    TCPDF main features are:

    • no external libraries are required for the basic functions;
    • all standard page formats, custom page formats, custom margins and units of measure;
    • UTF-8 Unicode and Right-To-Left languages;
    • TrueTypeUnicode, TrueType, Type1 and CID-0 fonts;
    • font subsetting;
    • methods to publish some XHTML + CSS code, Javascript and Forms;
    • images, graphic (geometric figures) and transformation methods;
    • supports JPEG, PNG and SVG images natively, all images supported by GD (GD, GD2, GD2PART, GIF, JPEG, PNG, BMP, XBM, XPM) and all images supported via ImageMagick (
    • 1D and 2D barcodes: CODE 39, ANSI MH10.8M-1983, USD-3, 3 of 9, CODE 93, USS-93, Standard 2 of 5, Interleaved 2 of 5, CODE 128 A/B/C, 2 and 5 Digits UPC-Based Extension, EAN 8, EAN 13, UPC-A, UPC-E, MSI, POSTNET, PLANET, RMS4CC (Royal Mail 4-state Customer Code), CBC (Customer Bar Code), KIX (Klant index - Customer index), Intelligent Mail Barcode, Onecode, USPS-B-3200, CODABAR, CODE 11, PHARMACODE, PHARMACODE TWO-TRACKS, Datamatrix, QR-Code, PDF417;
    • JPEG and PNG ICC profiles, Grayscale, RGB, CMYK, Spot Colors and Transparencies;
    • automatic page header and footer management;
    • document encryption up to 256 bit and digital signature certifications;
    • transactions to UNDO commands;
    • PDF annotations, including links, text and file attachments;
    • text rendering modes (fill, stroke and clipping);
    • multiple columns mode;
    • no-write page regions;
    • bookmarks, named destinations and table of content;
    • text hyphenation;
    • text stretching and spacing (tracking);
    • automatic page break, line break and text alignments including justification;
    • automatic page numbering and page groups;
    • move and delete pages;
    • page compression (requires php-zlib extension);
    • XOBject Templates;
    • Layers and object visibility;
    • PDF/A-1b support.
    Tools to encode your unicode fonts are on fonts/utils directory.

    Nicola Asuni


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