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Pentaho vs iText

Rogerio Kioshi
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I'd like to know if generated pdf files from Pentaho are as easy to make as using iText.

Thank you

Will Gorman
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Actually, Pentaho Reporting uses the iText library to generate PDFs. Pentaho Reporting is a higher level library, more like Crystal Reports.

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Munwar Shariff

Joined: Jan 24, 2007
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Good to know that iText library is used as engine behind the scenes for PDF generation.

What are the other open source libraries used?

Is JasperReports used as well?

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Will Gorman
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Pentaho Reporting is similar to Crystal Reports and Jasper Reports, it does not include those as libraries. The book covers the different dependencies required for Pentaho Reporting, but the primary list includes poi, commons logging, and itext. Additional dependencies are required depending on which data sources you use with the reporting engine, and which output capabilities (charts use jfreereport) you use in the report.

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