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Writes styled text on current page.

Component Version macOS Windows Linux Server iOS SDK
DynaPDF 6.5 ✅ Yes ✅ Yes ✅ Yes ✅ Yes ✅ Yes
MBS( "DynaPDF.WriteStyledText"; PDF; Align; Text { ; LeadingFactor } )   More


Parameter Description Example Flags
PDF The PDF reference returned from DynaPDF.New. $pdf
Align The text alignment. Can be left, center, right or justify. "left"
Text The text to write. "Hello World"
LeadingFactor Available in MBS FileMaker Plugin 11.0 or newer.
If you pass a value > 0, the plugin will add \LD[] commands to styled text to set leading relative to font size. This way you define the spacing beteween lines.
1.2 Optional


Returns OK or error.


Writes styled text on current page.
Converts for you the styled text to the formatted text commands from DynaPDF.
Use DynaPDF.GetFTextHeightEx or DynaPDF.GetFTextHeight to calculate the space needed for the text if you want to create a matching text rectangle for vertical alignment.

See DynaPDF.AllowPageBreak for whether to do page breaks or not.

Please set a font first with DynaPDF.SetFont function before you write on the page. As this function uses font settings from FileMaker field, it may ignore whatever font or style you loaded before.

Internally calls DynaPDF.ConvertStyledText and DynaPDF.WriteFText.

MBS Plugin in version 11.5 with DynaPDF adds support for double underlined text.

Warning: FileMaker does not pass style information from the layout used to give a field as default style. If you put text into a field and use the style of the field, then the plugin doesn't know this detail. You have to explicit use different font for FileMaker to pass it.
e.g. if your field is set to Verdana 12 and you have "Hello World" inside with Hello using Verdana 12 and World using Times 13, then the plugin would get passed "Hello" without font, since it matches the default for the field.

See also WriteStyledText function in DynaPDF manual.


Write some styled text on a PDF page:

Set Variable [$pdf; Value:MBS("DynaPDF.New")]
#Add page
Set Variable [$r; Value:MBS("DynaPDF.AppendPage"; $pdf)]
Set Variable [$r; Value:MBS("DynaPDF.SetFont"; $pdf; "Helvetica"; 0; 12)]
#Write some text
Set Variable [$pw; Value:MBS("DynaPDF.GetPageWidth"; $pdf)]
Set Variable [$ph; Value:MBS("DynaPDF.GetPageHeight"; $pdf)]
Set Variable [$r; Value:MBS("DynaPDF.SetFillColor"; $pdf; 0; 0; 0)]
Set Variable [$r; Value:MBS("DynaPDF.SetTextRect"; $pdf; 100; $ph-100; $pw-200; $ph-200)]
Set Variable [$r; Value:MBS("DynaPDF.WriteStyledText"; $pdf; "left"; Create Text::Text)]
#End page
Set Variable [$r; Value:MBS("DynaPDF.EndPage"; $pdf)]
#Render one page as Picture
Set Variable [$PDFData; Value:MBS("DynaPDF.Save"; $pdf; "hello.pdf")]
Set Variable [$r; Value:MBS("DynaPDF.Release"; $pdf)]
#Put in Container
Set Field [Create Text::PDF; $PDFData]

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Created 13th October 2016, last changed 27th February 2024

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