Class AbstractPdfStamperView

  • All Implemented Interfaces:
    Aware, BeanNameAware, InitializingBean, ApplicationContextAware, ServletContextAware, View

    public abstract class AbstractPdfStamperView
    extends AbstractUrlBasedView
    Abstract superclass for PDF views that operate on an existing document with an AcroForm. Application-specific view classes will extend this class to merge the PDF form with model data.

    This view implementation uses Bruno Lowagie's iText API. Known to work with the original iText 2.1.7 as well as its fork OpenPDF. We strongly recommend OpenPDF since it is actively maintained and fixes an important vulnerability for untrusted PDF content.

    Thanks to Bryant Larsen for the suggestion and the original prototype!

    Juergen Hoeller
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    • Constructor Detail

      • AbstractPdfStamperView

        public AbstractPdfStamperView()
    • Method Detail

      • renderMergedOutputModel

        protected final void renderMergedOutputModel(java.util.Map<java.lang.String,java.lang.Object> model,
                                                     HttpServletRequest request,
                                                     HttpServletResponse response)
                                              throws java.lang.Exception
        Description copied from class: AbstractView
        Subclasses must implement this method to actually render the view.

        The first step will be preparing the request: In the JSP case, this would mean setting model objects as request attributes. The second step will be the actual rendering of the view, for example including the JSP via a RequestDispatcher.

        Specified by:
        renderMergedOutputModel in class AbstractView
        model - combined output Map (never null), with dynamic values taking precedence over static attributes
        request - current HTTP request
        response - current HTTP response
        java.lang.Exception - if rendering failed
      • readPdfResource

        protected com.lowagie.text.pdf.PdfReader readPdfResource()
        Read the raw PDF resource into an iText PdfReader.

        The default implementation resolve the specified "url" property as ApplicationContext resource.

        the PdfReader instance
        Throws: - if resource access failed
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      • mergePdfDocument

        protected abstract void mergePdfDocument(java.util.Map<java.lang.String,java.lang.Object> model,
                                                 com.lowagie.text.pdf.PdfStamper stamper,
                                                 HttpServletRequest request,
                                                 HttpServletResponse response)
                                          throws java.lang.Exception
        Subclasses must implement this method to merge the PDF form with the given model data.

        This is where you are able to set values on the AcroForm. An example of what can be done at this level is:

         // get the form from the document
         AcroFields form = stamper.getAcroFields();
         // set some values on the form
         form.setField("field1", "value1");
         form.setField("field2", "Vvlue2");
         // set the disposition and filename
         response.setHeader("Content-disposition", "attachment; FILENAME=someName.pdf");

        Note that the passed-in HTTP response is just supposed to be used for setting cookies or other HTTP headers. The built PDF document itself will automatically get written to the response after this method returns.

        model - the model Map
        stamper - the PdfStamper instance that will contain the AcroFields. You may also customize this PdfStamper instance according to your needs, e.g. setting the "formFlattening" property.
        request - in case we need locale etc. Shouldn't look at attributes.
        response - in case we need to set cookies. Shouldn't write to it.
        java.lang.Exception - any exception that occurred during document building