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How to add a map with a pointer to a PDF?

I am using java and iText to create a pdf. Is it possible to add a map with a pointer on it so the user will know where the starting point is?

Posted on StackOverflow on Nov 6, 2014 by user2487493

What do you mean by "a map with a pointer so the user knows where the starting point is"? If you have a map in your PDF, you could add an annotation that looks like an arrow. Is that what you're looking for?

Since you didn't answer my counter-question added in comment, I'm providing two examples. If these are not what you're looking for, you really should clarify your question.

Example 1: add a custom shape as extra content on top of a map

This is demonstrated in the AddPointer example:

PdfContentByte canvas = writer.getDirectContent();
canvas.moveTo(220, 330);
canvas.lineTo(240, 370);
canvas.arc(200, 350, 240, 390, 0, (float) 180);
canvas.lineTo(220, 330);
canvas.setColorFill(BaseColor.RED);, 370, 10);

If we know the coordinates of the pointer, we can draw lines and curves that result in a the red pointer shown here (see the red pin near the Cambridge Innovation Center):

Map with a pin

Map with a pin

Example 2: add a line annotation on top of a map

This is demonstrated in the AddPointerAnnotation example:

Rectangle rect = new Rectangle(220, 350, 475, 595);
PdfAnnotation annotation = PdfAnnotation.createLine(writer, rect,
    "Cambridge Innovation Center", 225, 355, 470, 590);
PdfArray le = new PdfArray();
le.add(new PdfName("OpenArrow"));
le.add(new PdfName("None"));
annotation.setTitle("You are here:");
    new PdfBorderDictionary(5, PdfBorderDictionary.STYLE_SOLID));
annotation.put(new PdfName("LE"), le);
annotation.put(new PdfName("IT"), new PdfName("LineArrow"));

The result is an annotation (which isn't part of the real content, but part of an interactive layer on top of the real content):

Map with an annotation

Map with an annotation

It is interactive in the sense that extra info is shown when the user clicks the annotation:

Map with an annotation that has been opened

Map with an annotation that has been opened

Many other options are possible, but once again: your question wasn't entirely clear.


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