[cairo] Size of PDF when splitting a PDF surface

Arjen Nienhuis a.g.nienhuis at gmail.com
Wed Aug 18 03:19:10 PDT 2010

On Wed, Aug 18, 2010 at 10:52 AM, Chris Wilson <chris at chris-wilson.co.uk> wrote:
> On Wed, 18 Aug 2010 10:29:52 +0200, Thomas Petazzoni <thomas.petazzoni at enix.org> wrote:
>> Is our way of extracting parts of a surface into another surface
>> incorrect ? Is there a way of making sure that Cairo includes only once
>> in the final PDF the contents of the original surface ?
> The way you are generating the split PDF is valid, just Cairo is very
> conservative in what it discards. Currently it doesn't do any culling on
> the input geometry, though the mechanism are now in place that we could
> easily enable culling of operations that only affect areas outside of the
> PDF page boundaries. If you want to look for yourself, all one needs to do
> is hook up the PDF draw routines to cairo_composite_rectangles_init*() and
> return early if those routines indicate that the operation has zero ink
> extents.

Cairo could also reuse the same group on different pages. I think
iText does that if a 'watermark' is printed on each page.

iText might be the right tool for this job.

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