PDF generation using PLJRXML2PDF and Jasper iReports
In this Blog I share with you a way to generate PDF documents from APEX.
What I like of this approach is that is free (no cost), very easy and rock solid!
It is important to understand this is just "another way"... Some solutions are much more capable and robust, some are subscription based with many more features, etc..
Now the story....
With APEX "out-of-the-box" you can print PDF documents, the problem is the features are somewhat basic and very easily the capabilities will not meet expectations or requirements.
From Oracle perspective the solution is in BI Publisher and that is probably the best solution but frankly speaking and in my opinion few customers will buy it given the pricing.
When I needed to produce a PDF containing pictures and to align to an existing template it was clear that out-of-the-box would not cut it... so I started to investigate possible solutions..
So if you happen to choose PLJRXML2PDF, what does it look like?
You will need the following components:
Here's the high level description of the workflow:
So, it's the best thing since sliced bread?
...not perfect but pretty darn good!
Goodies about PLJRXML2PDF:
In a nutshell...
I recommend you try PLJRXML2PDF as a possible solution for your PDF generation
The time you spend in 'kicking the tires' is minimal and the fact that is PL/SQL based makes it portable to other environments.
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