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

The following code snippet also work with Aspose.PDF.Drawing library.

using Aspose.Pdf.Text;
using System;
using System.IO;

namespace Aspose.Pdf.Examples
    public static class ExampleGetStarted
        private static readonly string _dataDir = "..\\..\\..\\Samples";
public static void MakeComplexDocument()
            // Initialize document object
            Document document = new Document();
            // Add page
            Page page = document.Pages.Add();

            // -------------------------------------------------------------
            // Add image
            var imageFileName = System.IO.Path.Combine(_dataDir, "logo.png");
            page.AddImage(imageFileName, new Rectangle(20, 730, 120, 830));

            // -------------------------------------------------------------
            // Add Header
            var header = new TextFragment("New ferry routes in Fall 2020");
            header.TextState.Font = FontRepository.FindFont("Arial");
            header.TextState.FontSize = 24;
            header.HorizontalAlignment = HorizontalAlignment.Center;
            header.Position = new Position(130, 720);

            // Add description
            var descriptionText = "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.";
            var description = new TextFragment(descriptionText);
            description.TextState.Font = FontRepository.FindFont("Times New Roman");
            description.TextState.FontSize = 14;
            description.HorizontalAlignment = HorizontalAlignment.Left;

            // Add table
            var table = new Table
                ColumnWidths = "200",
                Border = new BorderInfo(BorderSide.Box, 1f, Color.DarkSlateGray),
                DefaultCellBorder = new BorderInfo(BorderSide.Box, 0.5f, Color.Black),
                DefaultCellPadding = new MarginInfo(4.5, 4.5, 4.5, 4.5),
                Margin =
                    Bottom = 10
                DefaultCellTextState =
                    Font =  FontRepository.FindFont("Helvetica")

            var headerRow = table.Rows.Add();
            headerRow.Cells.Add("Departs City");
            headerRow.Cells.Add("Departs Island");
            foreach (Cell headerRowCell in headerRow.Cells)
                headerRowCell.BackgroundColor = Color.Gray;
                headerRowCell.DefaultCellTextState.ForegroundColor = Color.WhiteSmoke;

            var time = new TimeSpan(6, 0, 0);
            var incTime = new TimeSpan(0, 30, 0);
            for (int i = 0; i < 10; i++)
                var dataRow = table.Rows.Add();


            document.Save(System.IO.Path.Combine(_dataDir, "Complex.pdf"));