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Hi there: I need to write some code to convert an Excel file to a PDF file. I googled it for 2 days. I could not find an open source java lib that can directly do that. I am thinking about using POI to read the Excel file and then use IText to write the contents out as a PDF. Does anyone have experience with this kind of conversion? Is there any better lib or solutions? Thanks in advance.
That sounds like a good start. I don't think you will find any products because there are too many mismatches between the Excel and PDF models to do anything standard. PDF has pages but Excel doesn't. Excel is mainly concerned with rows and columns but PDF isn't. So it's basically up to you to decide how to map from one to the other, and to write code accordingly.
Yan, have a look at OpenOffice.org. It reads Excel files and can export as PDF. I'm using it to translate Word docs to HTML and PDF. You control the application through a network object protocol. The API is non-trivial, but there's plenty of examples in the api documentation and forums.
Hey im also still looking for this
A friend of mine showed me some page, think it was http://exceltopdf.org/ but I keep getting an error message when opening the pdf i created...
Is someone currently using a site or program of which they know it works well?