iText in Action: Chapter 11: Choosing the right font


If you compile and execute this example, you'll get the following result:

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 * This class is part of the book "iText in Action - 2nd Edition"
 * written by Bruno Lowagie (ISBN: 9781935182610)
 * For more info, go to:
 * This example only works with the AGPL version of iText.
package part3.chapter11;
import com.itextpdf.text.Chunk;
import com.itextpdf.text.Document;
import com.itextpdf.text.DocumentException;
import com.itextpdf.text.Font;
import com.itextpdf.text.FontFactory;
import com.itextpdf.text.Paragraph;
import com.itextpdf.text.pdf.BaseFont;
import com.itextpdf.text.pdf.PdfWriter;
public class FontFactoryExample {
    /** The resulting PDF file. */
    public static final String RESULT
        = "results/part3/chapter11/font_factory.pdf";
     * Creates a PDF document.
     * @param filename the path to the new PDF document
     * @throws DocumentException 
     * @throws IOException 
     * @throws    DocumentException 
     * @throws    IOException
    public void createPdf(String filename) throws IOException, DocumentException {
        // step 1
        Document document = new Document();
        // step 2
        PdfWriter.getInstance(document, new FileOutputStream(filename));
        // step 3;
        // step 4:
        Font font = FontFactory.getFont("Times-Roman");
        document.add(new Paragraph("Times-Roman", font));
        Font fontbold = FontFactory.getFont("Times-Roman", 12, Font.BOLD);
        document.add(new Paragraph("Times-Roman, Bold", fontbold));
        FontFactory.register("c:/windows/fonts/garabd.ttf", "my_bold_font");
        Font myBoldFont = FontFactory.getFont("my_bold_font");
        BaseFont bf = myBoldFont.getBaseFont();
        document.add(new Paragraph(bf.getPostscriptFontName(), myBoldFont));
        String[][] name = bf.getFullFontName();
        for (int i = 0; i < name.length; i++) {
            document.add(new Paragraph(name[i][3] + " (" + name[i][0]
                    + "; " + name[i][1] + "; " + name[i][2] + ")"));
        Font myBoldFont2 = FontFactory.getFont("Garamond vet");
        document.add(new Paragraph("Garamond Vet", myBoldFont2));
        document.add(new Paragraph("Registered fonts:"));
        for (String f : FontFactory.getRegisteredFonts()) {
            document.add(new Paragraph(f, FontFactory.getFont(f, "", BaseFont.EMBEDDED)));
        Font cmr10 = FontFactory.getFont("cmr10");
        cmr10.getBaseFont().setPostscriptFontName("Computer Modern Regular");
        Font computerModern = FontFactory.getFont("Computer Modern Regular", "", BaseFont.EMBEDDED);
        document.add(new Paragraph("Computer Modern", computerModern));
        for (String f : FontFactory.getRegisteredFamilies()) {
            document.add(new Paragraph(f));
        Font garamond = FontFactory.getFont("garamond", BaseFont.WINANSI, BaseFont.EMBEDDED);
        document.add(new Paragraph("Garamond", garamond));
        Font garamondItalic
            = FontFactory.getFont("Garamond", BaseFont.WINANSI, BaseFont.EMBEDDED, 12, Font.ITALIC);
        document.add(new Paragraph("Garamond-Italic", garamondItalic));
        // step 5
     * Main method.
     * @param    args    no arguments needed
     * @throws DocumentException 
     * @throws IOException
    public static void main(String[] args) throws IOException, DocumentException {
        new FontFactoryExample().createPdf(RESULT);
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The FontFactoryExample example is part of the book iText in Action (ISBN 9781935182610).

It's a small standalone application. You can use this example for inspiration, but please read the book if there's something you don't understand about the example. You'll find more info in Chapter 11.

Keywords for this example: Basefont, Font, Font > Font factory, Font > Font family

If you want this example to work, you need the following jars: iText.jar

Make sure you have the following fonts in directory c:/windows/fonts/: Garamond (gara.ttf), Garamond Bold (garabd.ttf), Garamond Italic (garait.ttf).

This example uses the following resources: cmr10.afm, cmr10.pfb.