pdf VS WeasyPrint

Compare pdf vs WeasyPrint and see what are their differences.

pdf

Tutorial on paged.js (by ashok-khanna)
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pdf

Posts with mentions or reviews of pdf. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2021-04-04.
  • Guide (and example code) to producing beautiful PDFs from CSS and JS
    1 project | reddit.com/r/css | 6 Apr 2021
  • Beautiful PDFs from HTML
    13 projects | news.ycombinator.com | 4 Apr 2021
    Hi dang, hope you are well. May I kindly ask why not? I spent two weeks writing the CSS / HTML / JavaScript, and did well documented code - in fact the output serves as both documentation of the code and also output from it (in my own stupid way, I was thinking I was following Donald Knuth’s Literate Programming Approach :D).

    The repo (https://github.com/ashok-khanna/pdf) contains all the necessary code and is intended for others to reuse in their projects. Some of it isn’t straightforward, despite the guide looking easy - I had to figure out how CSS selectors and counters work for example, how MathJax interacted with Paged.Js.

    I think the confusion comes from it being labeled as a “guide”, in fact it’s a full set of code to give the required functionality for high quality PDFs from HTML, using paged.js, the guide is just the self documentation as I figured I might as well use documentation for the sample output. Otherwise, I’d be genuinely curious on what constitutes Show HN vs normal posts?

    I think the repo description and the way the output is confusing / unclear - the primary goal is very much meant to be a code base for people to reuse as I’ve noticed for many programmers, the design side can be a bit more elusive.

    Separately, would it be possible to add beautiful back to the title - it’s not really about producing PDFs from html as browsers can already do that, and there are many other tools. The main aim is to have the functionality to produce very high quality typeset PDFs from HTML, which until now, I only felt PrinceXML did well and that’s a paid solution. Maybe we could say the title is “High quality PDFs from HTML using Paged.JS”? I know there has been a separate discussion on another thread on the overuse of the word beautiful in describing code - my view is that it has its place when it relates to output / UI.

    Thanks for reading, and no issues otherwise (no need to reply).

    13 projects | news.ycombinator.com | 4 Apr 2021
    This looks great -- well done! I'd love to be able to use it (the CSS in particular) in a number of different projects where creating such nice readable output is a hassle. However I couldn't find a license mentioned anywhere -- either for the associated repo as a whole [0] or the CSS specifically.

    Would it be possible to add a license so it's possible to know whether others can use this in other projects without rewriting the CSS from scratch?

    [0]: https://github.com/ashok-khanna/pdf

WeasyPrint

Posts with mentions or reviews of WeasyPrint. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2021-10-06.

What are some alternatives?

When comparing pdf and WeasyPrint you can also consider the following projects:

ReportLab

PyPDF2 - A utility to read and write PDFs with Python

PDFMiner - Python PDF Parser (Not actively maintained). Check out pdfminer.six.

pdftabextract - A set of tools for extracting tables from PDF files helping to do data mining on (OCR-processed) scanned documents.

pymorphy2 - Morphological analyzer / inflection engine for Russian and Ukrainian languages.

MathJax - Beautiful and accessible math in all browsers

WKHTMLToPDF - Convert HTML to PDF using Webkit (QtWebKit)

borb - borb is a library for reading, creating and manipulating PDF files in python.

Camelot - A Python library to extract tabular data from PDFs

pdfplumber - Plumb a PDF for detailed information about each char, rectangle, line, et cetera — and easily extract text and tables.

CairoSVG - Convert your vector images

pdfarranger - Small python-gtk application, which helps the user to merge or split pdf documents and rotate, crop and rearrange their pages using an interactive and intuitive graphical interface