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Preparing a rst2pdf release for next week

Since this is the first post that ap­pears in Plan­et Python, a small in­tro is in or­der.

Hi, my name is Rober­to Alsi­na, I am a for­mer KDE de­vel­op­er, am­a­teur pro­gram­mer [1] , python fan.

This post (and many you will see from me) is about rst2pdf, a tool to con­vert re­struc­tured text to PDF. For ex­am­ple, it turns the python li­brary ref­er­ence in­to this PDF (not pro­duc­tion qual­i­ty yet).

If you are a rst2pdf 0.11 user, or a sphinx or do­cu­tils us­er who wants to try an al­ter­na­tive way to cre­ate PDF­s, then I would like your help test­ing the SVN trunk code.

These are some of the new fea­tures since 0.11:

  • PDF­Builder, a Sphinx ex­ten­­sion to gen­er­ate PDF­s.

  • Kern­ing (re­quires wor­­daxe from SVN)

  • AAFig­ure sup­­port (di­a­­grams us­ing ASCII Art)

  • Page­Breaks can be odd­­/even/any

  • Sup­­port for ad­­vanced page coun­ters (man­u­al num­ber­ing, ro­­man/ara­bic/let­ter­s)

  • Much bet­ter styling, spe­­cial­­ly for ta­bles.

  • About two dozen bug­­fix­es.

So, please, take a look, you may like it!

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