= PDF::Writer
At long last, I have released PDF::Writer 1.0. The released versionis 1.0.1 and is available from RubyForge:
Homepage::  http://rubyforge.org/projects/ruby-pdf/
PDF::Writer is a pure-Ruby PDF document generator. It implementsabout 75% of the PDF 1.3 specification and none of the advancedoperations from PDF 1.4, 1.5, or 1.6. It does MORE than just writeraw PDF documents, though; it implements a simple text layout enginethat does the right thing most of the time.
  http://partners.adobe.com/public/developer/pdf/index_reference.html
In addition to the core functionality, there are two specialiseddocument creators, table generation, and a sample chart type.
The release contains several demonstration programs and thecanonical 82-page manual in PDF. On my home development machine (a1Ghz Transmeta Crusoe with 512 Mb RAM), it takes about 5 minutes togenerate the manual; it should be faster on most machines (about 1m30s on my work machine). This is an extremely complex document thatrepresents far more than is likely to be used in most productioncases. The manual can be generated from the .tar.gz or .gem releaseby running the "techbook" program.
There is a mailing list listed on the RubyForge project.
== UpgradingIf you've been using PDF::Writer 0.1 (the official version of thetechnology preview released in September 2003), you will have a bitof work ahead of you: the API is dramatically different. I have hadpositive reports from a few users brave enough to use the CVSversion first checked in last month for the conversion.
== Licence NotesCopyright:: 2003005, Austin Ziegler
PDF::Writer is released under a MIT-style licence and can bedistributed without any restrictions but also without any warranty.However, there are portions of the PDF::Writer distribution that areunder more restrictive licences because some items derive from workby others. PDF::Writer is also covered by a number of patents forwhich Adobe has granted nonexclusive royalty-free licences.
== RequirementsPDF::Writer requires Ruby 1.8.2 or better, color-tools 1.0.0 orbetter, and Transaction::Simple 1.3.0 or better.
== Change Log=== PDF::Writer 1.0.1* Fixed a few minor gem issues.* Renamed bin/manual to bin/techbook.* Fixed the manual.pwd locator for the default install.
=== PDF::Writer 1.0.0* Integrated ezwriter.rb functionality with writer.rb.* Factored out some functionality into modules and classes.* Added CMYK colour support to JPEG images.* Uses Color::CMYK (from color-utils) to provide CMYK support to  drawing capabilities.* Simplified the image API significantly.* Modified image support to properly handle full image flipping.* Fixed several multi-column issues.* Fixed a bug where new pages automatically started by overflowing  text may have resulted in writing the first line of text above the  top margin. This may need further testing and probably causes  problems with column handling.* Fixed some page numbering issues.* Added several demos, including Ruby Quick Reference Sheets.* Scrubbed the API.* Updated the documentation.* Changed installer to setup.rb 3.3.1-modified.* Applied an image resize patch; the image will be resized manually  before checking to see if a new page is required. Thanks to Leslie  Hensley.* Fixed a bug where entities would generate the width specified for  the component characters, not the represented characters.* Fixed a performance bug. Thanks again to Leslie Hensley.
== Credits* Leslie Hensley <http://www.showerinabox.com/> has been amazing  during the last month, finding and helping to fix a major  performance bug. This is definitely a use of PDF::Writer that I  hadn't forseen, but am tickled pink(!) to see people use it in  ways that I hadn't imagined.
== Notes* PDF::Writer won't restore your hair line, but it will certainly  reduce the speed at which you lose your hair due to report  generation.
-- Austin Ziegler * halostatue / gmail.com               * Alternate: austin / halostatue.ca