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Phoca PDF is a Joomla! component. It enables you to set and create PDF documents in Joomla!.

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The whole Phoca PDF framework contains:

* Phoca PDF component
* Phoca PDF fonts
* Phoca PDF plugins

See more details here:
http://www.phoca.cz/phocapdf

IMPORTANT:
* Phoca PDF requires PHP 5 version installed on your server (because of newest TCPDF library)
* You can set e.g. footer or header information with help of HTML text editor (like FCK, TinyMCE, JCE,...), but be aware because not all HTML tags and attributes, wich an editor produces, are supported in PDF
* HTML code of your documents should be valid
* You can set different parameters for your PDF document, so after setting these parameters you should test creating of your PDF documents because of possible conflicts caused by setting some extra values (e.g. setting of small PDF format x large font size x large line height, etc...)
* You can set different font types for different parts of document (content, header, footer) but be aware, because PDF stores information about font types. UTF-8 fonts are supported and after storing information about all font types the size of PDF document can increase markedly
* CREATING PDF IS NOT SO SMOOTH AS CREATING HTML OUTPUT. PDF DOCUMENT IS NOT RENDERED IF IT DOESN'T GET CORRECTLY CREATED DOCUMENT HEADER. For successfully PDF creating, the site should not render any PHP error messages or any bad encoding characters before rendering PDF. If you get blank page while PDF creating, mostly this is caused by above described problems. In such case try to see your error log or check the encoding of included PHP files.

Joomla! 2.5 Demo:
http://www.phoca.cz/joomlademo/phoca-pdf


Functionality

Allows you to add the PDF icon to your Joomla articles

Ease of use

Because of a complicated Joomla template, I had to modify the code we are supposed to edit, which is not really straighforward.


Functionality

Gives you PDF generation for your articles.
As long as you stick to basic formatting the PDF looks fine. Otherwise - surprise

Ease of use

Mostly easy and intuitiv setup and usage for a basic system. Works out of the box.

Documentation

Well suited for basic usage. Unfortunately the exact limits of 'basis usage' are left undefined. Behind them you are out of luck.

I used this to: I tried to use it to produce an on-the-fly PDF version of educational articles. Suitable for non interactive display: offline, hand outs in classroom, etc. Unfortunately the layout relied on stylesheets and carefully placed images. Could not make that looking good in the PDF.
Owner's reply: Hi, see the red box here:
http://www.phoca.cz/phocapdf

Maybe you should read it before testing something what is really no possible with online tools :-(

Jan

Very rich in options: Tried with Joomla 2.5 - Nearly anything is possible. Can't wait for the version that works 100% with Joomla 3! (It is in beta as of this writing and still has some teething troubles)


After having bad experience with the Joomla PDF, this extention made my day.

Very customizable and easy to use.

I also like the function to set patterns to exclude text from the pdf document.

Thank you!


FDF's are Back!


Posted on 19 November 2011

Thanks Phoca team for brining back the PDF's. I see I have a little more control over the display of the PDF's which is very nice. In my case a template over write was necessary, but at no fault of phoca pdf. It was pretty simple, and instructions on how to do this is on their website. I would recommend this to anyone who wanted joomla content to be pdf's automatically with a simple button on the frontend.


Excellent Extension


Posted on 25 August 2011

I used this extension for the first time today. Normally I have avoided using the PDF Button as Print serves my clients purposes.

It is easy to Install, very configurable. I found no problems. I have a bit of HTML/CSS but my client has none and he configured it in no time.


Great! But...


Posted on 12 May 2011

I have installed and used it. But what I am really looking was, the ability to convert a page which is not an article into pdf. I need to convert a custom HTML into pdf. But what this component does was no different with the inbuilt joomla pdf. What is the need for this component when pdf output is already there? Agreed that one can customize the pdf output, but i need was a code something like {phoca_pdf} URL {/phoca_pdf} that can be used on top of the inbuiltpdf

Owner's reply: Hi,

in Joomla! 1.6 there is no built in PDF solution.

See Phoca documentation site and forum site to get information about the difference between Phoca PDF and built in pdf solution in Joomla! 1.5, e.g.:

- configurable PDF document (over 40 parameters in Phoca PDF plugin vs. 0 parameter in Joomla! itself)
- using of own or selected fonts possible (important for multilanguage support)
- updated TCPDF library - more features in CSS and HTML translating (the article html site is converted precisely)
- plugin system - it means, you can create a plugin for your own features and you need not to care about all the PDF creating procedures
- solving IE bug (displaying PDF in Interent Explorer)
- etc., etc.

If you need to convert something to PDF where Phoca PDF plugin does not exist yet, such plugin must be done first. This is why Phoca PDF framework includes plugin system, so the framework can be extensible. :-(

To future review makers:

Please, read exactly what Phoca PDF does, before installing and please review the features of Phoca PDF not features which you think, Phoca PDF has.

PDF is not like HTML, it is very complicated system which is not easy to setup but if it has been setup correctly it can be really helpful.

Thank you for understanding

Jan

Bad Experience


Posted on 18 March 2011

I believe the reviews that this is a great application. Installed it and went through all the configurations, completely impressed. Went to my live site to check the changes and a fatal error of some kind made the entire site blank.

Scariest thing I've ever seen from an extension. Deactivating the components made it work again.



The forums report this problem, but I couldn't see an easy path out of it, so I uninstalled.

Owner's reply: Hi, if you get blank page on your site, you should enable php error reporting to get info from PHP which error caused it. On Joomla! site, many different extensions can be installed together (mostly it is not possible for one developer to check if his extension is not in conflict with 7000 other extensions). But getting PHP error is the best way to solve the problem.

PDF document needs to have clean header but if some other extension renders some error or warning, etc, the pdf document will be not rendered. Etc. Etc. So e.g. warning, bad encoding of other extension may not affect html output but it prevents from rendering PDF document. :-(

But all this should be solved in forum.

Jan

Great adon for Virtuemart PDF Invoicing!!

And it's very well explained and easy to install despite you have to hack some VM code ;-)



The only 'but' is that the email feature is not automatically included in the addon...

As Jan says: Email feauture is available for users who are regularly active in Phoca Forum, are regularly translating Phoca Extensions or have donated to Phoca Project...


Nice job!


Posted on 12 January 2011

Works great! I'm using together with the 'Phoca PDF VM plugin'. Perfect addon for my VirtueMart shop, i now have invoice as PDF :-) :-) :-)

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Score:
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Score:
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Score:
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Phoca PDF

Version:
1.0.9, 2.0.1, 3.0.0
Developer:
Jan Pavelka
Date added:
Feb 24 2009
License:
GPLv2 or later
Type:
Free download
Uses updater:
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