Batch creation of PDF files

Charles Curley charlescurley at
Tue Jun 28 21:11:30 UTC 2005

On Tue, Jun 28, 2005 at 11:23:26PM +0800, John Summerfied wrote:
> I have a little perl that goes to a website (specifically 
> and does a search.
> It analyzes the response and creates a web page of my own design, 
> complete with the thumbnail images.
> My page has all the useful info I require, but without the ads. Also, I 
> can automatically drop those properties "under offer" or "under 
> contract." I'm not interested in those unless they come back on the market.
> Extending it to follow selected links and create a series of "brochures" 
> for each property is a matter of a little more similar code: not a 
> difficult proposition.
> What I'd like to be able to do is create PDF documents rather than HTML 
> - HTML is fine for viewing onscreen, but pretty poor for printing, and 
> when I go on inspections I like to have bits of paper.
> What I don't know is what are suitable tools for the task. I suspect it 
> will involve one of more of XML, tex and latex.
> I've Googled and found some aging documents that might help (but I don't 
> know how long it will take to learn enough XML etc), nor whether the art 
> has moved on significantly.
> I do not want to do the PDF creation manually, and this rules out OOo 
> and similar.
> I would like to be able to control image size (as in HTML) so all 
> documents look similar, images don't split over pages and so on.
> What I'd like is any hints, tutorials, samples and, of course, guidance 
> on where to look for more information.

I'd go to and start searching there.


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