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The JPDF provides a comprehensive printing capability for Java Swing applications.

The JPDF Value Proposition

The JPDF framework enables you to add a complete printing capability to your Java Swing application with significantly less effort then other alternatives.  The JPDF Demo showcases elements of the capability that the JPDF provides.  The Sample Code applications provided with the Demo illustrate the ease with which this capability can be integrated into your application.
JPDF Customers include numerous well-known and leading corporations and institutions – ranging in size from independent software developers to Fortune 500 corporations.

Functional Capabilities

The capabilities provided by the JPDF include:
  • Printing Swing Components
    The Swing components that can be printed include JTable, JTree, JTextPane, JTextArea, JEditorPane, and JPanel.  Specialized Page Setup dialogs are provided for each type of component.  Complex documents containing a sequence of Swing components arranged back-to-back can be composed and printed.
  • Report Generation
    The Reporting Capability allows you to compose, preview and print reports.  Reports can contain tabular, textual, HTML, image and other types of material (e.g. mailing labels).  Reports are composed programmatically - giving you full control of all aspects of layout and formatting.
  • Page-Setup, Preview, and Print Dialogs
    The JPDF Dialogs can be used out-of-the-box to add a sophisticated printing capability to an existing application.  You can select the dialogs which meet your specific requirements, and plug these into your application with minimal coding.
  • Custom Print Attributes
    The JPDF provides numerous custom print attributes in addition to those provided in the JPS (Java Print Service).  These Custom Print Attributes allow you to specify the contents of page headers/footers, page framing, alignment/positioning/scaling of the material to be printed, and many attributes specific to the type of material being printed (e.g. whether tables should be printed with or without grid lines).
  • Print Job Management
    The Print Job management facility executes all Print Jobs on a background thread.  This allows the end-user to continue working while the Print Job is being processed in the background.  The status of the Print Job can be monitored while it is executing.  Print Job output can be directed to a Printer File, Image Files (JPEG or PNG), or an Adobe Acrobat® PDF File (requires the Ghostscript PDF interpreter).
  • Localization Capability
    All labels and messages displayed by the JPDF dialogs come from property files (these are text files that you can edit).  A separate property file is provided for each supported language (currently  English,  French,  German,  Italian,  Polish and  Spanish).  You as the application developer can select the language, or you can allow the end-user to do so.  Units of measure used in the dialogs can be expressed in Inches or Millimeters.

System Requirements

The JPDF requires that Java JRE 7 or later be used.  The JPDF runs on Windows and Linux.


The JPDF Demo is an interactive Java application which demonstrates the capabilities of the JPDF.  The purpose of this demo is to allow you to quickly evaluate the suitability of this framework for meeting the printing requirements of your application.  The JPDF Demo is available for download from this web site.  Several Sample Code applications are included to allow you to see how JPDF API calls are coded.

Purchasing the JPDF

We offer three JPDF licensing arrangements: Developer License, Source Code License, and Source Code Site License.  All licenses include royalty-free distribution of the JPDF JAR file.  We stand behind our products: Your license purchase includes one year of free upgrades and email support. JPDF price and purchasing information is available from the Purchase page.

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