Creating a complex PDF

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The Hello, World example showed simple steps to create a PDF document using C++ and Aspose.PDF. In this article, we will take a look at creating a more complex document with C++ and Aspose.PDF for C++. As an example, we’ll take a document from a fictitious company that operates passenger ferry services. Our document will contain a image, two text fragments (header and paragraph), and a table. To build such a document, we will use DOM-base approach. You can read more in section Basics of DOM API.

If we create a document from scratch we need to follow certain steps:

  1. Create a String Class for path name and file name.
  2. Instantiate a Document object. In this step we will create an empty PDF document with some metadata but without pages.
  3. Add a Page to the document object. So, now our document will have one page.
  4. Add a Image to the Page.
  5. Create a TextFragment for header. For the header we will use Arial font with font size 24pt and center alignment.
  6. Add header to the page Paragraphs.
  7. Create a TextFragment for description. For the description we will use Arial font with font size 24pt and center alignment.
  8. Add (description) to the page Paragraphs.
  9. Create a table, add table properties.
  10. Add (table) to the page Paragraphs.
  11. Save a document “Complex.pdf”.
void ExampleComplex()
    String outputFileName;

    // String for path name.
    String _dataDir("C:\\Samples\\");

    // String for file name.
    String filename("Complex.pdf");

    // Initialize document object
    auto document = MakeObject<Document>();
    // Add page
    auto page = document->get_Pages()->Add();

    // Add image
    String imageFileName = _dataDir + String(u"logo.png");

    // Add image to Images collection of Page Resources
    auto rectangle = MakeObject<Rectangle>(20, 730, 120, 830);
    page->AddImage(imageFileName, rectangle);

    // Add Header
    auto header = MakeObject<TextFragment>(u"New ferry routes in Fall 2020");
    auto textFragementState = header->get_TextState();
    auto position = MakeObject<Aspose::Pdf::Text::Position>(130, 720);

    // Add description
    String descriptionText(u"Visitors must buy tickets online and tickets are limited to 5,000 per day. Ferry service is operating at half capacity and on a reduced schedule. Expect lineups.");
    auto description = MakeObject<TextFragment>(descriptionText);
    description->get_TextState()->set_Font(FontRepository::FindFont(u"Times New Roman"));

    // Add table
    auto table = MakeObject<Table>();

    table->set_Border(MakeObject<BorderInfo>(Aspose::Pdf::BorderSide::Box, 1.0f, Aspose::Pdf::Color::get_DarkSlateGray()));
    table->set_DefaultCellBorder(MakeObject<BorderInfo>(Aspose::Pdf::BorderSide::Box, .5f, Aspose::Pdf::Color::get_Black()));

    auto headerRow = table->get_Rows()->Add();
    headerRow->get_Cells()->Add(u"Departs City");
    headerRow->get_Cells()->Add(u"Departs Island");

    for (auto headerRowCell : headerRow->get_Cells())

    String arrivals[10] = { u"6:00",u"6:45", u"7:00", u"7:45", u"8:00", u"8:45", u"9:00", u"9:45", u"10:00", u"10:45" };
    String departures[10] = { u"7:00", u"7:45", u"8:00", u"8:45", u"9:00", u"9:45", u"10:00", u"10:45", u"11:00", u"11:45" };

    for (int i = 0; i < 10; i++)
        auto dataRow = table->get_Rows()->Add();


    // Save updated PDF
    outputFileName = _dataDir + filename;