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 Post subject: Embedding things in GTK+
PostPosted: Mon Dec 17, 2007 7:46 am 
Familiar Face

Joined: Sat Apr 21, 2007 11:09 am
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Location: Melbourne
Hi folks. Just wanted to know if it was a possibility to embed things into GTK as widgets. What I am referring to are things like Firefox html display window, or Evince pdf viewer. I'm writing a program (finally took the plunge) to manage PDF files on your computer, and wanted to know how I could embed a viewer that has already been made (if it is at all possible).

Many thanks guys!

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 17, 2007 4:39 pm 
Never Seen the Sunlight

Joined: Wed Sep 21, 2005 12:07 am
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Location: Portland, OR USA
For the most part, you're going to look for a widget that is already created for your purpose. That is, you can't just embed any application.

For HTML, GtkMozEmbed and GtkHtml2 and GtkHtml3 (they are different widgets) are readily available.

I have no idea about PDFs though. You may want to look at the source code for a GTK-based PDF viewer.

Micah Carrick - Forum Administrator

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 07, 2008 6:06 am 
GTK+ Guru

Joined: Thu Jun 21, 2007 1:52 pm
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Location: Wilkes Barre Pa
You can certanly embed things like firefox & evince using but for what you wan't to do there are better options.

Instead of embeding firefox you would be better off just useing Gtk+ WebCore "WebKit"

The WebKit framework uses Cairo for all rendering in the GTK+ port. Support has also been added for SVG and <canvas> content using Cairo.

And for pdf just use cairo with poppler installed.
The Poppler library uses Cairo to render PDF documents. Cairo enables the drawing of antialiased vector graphics and transparent objects.

Plus if you actualy want to generate pdf files for your viewer you can use Haru Free PDF Library

HARU is a free, cross platform, open-sourced software library for generating PDF. It supports the following features.

Generating PDF files with lines, text, images.
Outline, text annotation, link annotation.
Compressing document with deflate-decode.
Embedding PNG, Jpeg images.
Embedding Type1 font and TrueType font.
Creating encrypted PDF files.
Using various character set (ISO8859-1~16, MSCP1250~8, KOI-8R).
Supporting CJK fonts and encodings.

You can add the feature of PDF creation by using HARU without understanding complicated internal structure of PDF.

If you want a canvas widget to tie everything together you can use goocanvas.

Optional model/view split.
Uses interfaces for items and views.
Basic items - rect/ellipse/polyline/text/image/group.
Path item, using SVG path specification strings.
Table item for layout of other items (similar to the GtkTable widget). (This also supports items whose requested height changes according to their allocated width, such as text items.)
Embedded GTK+ widgets.
Layers/stacking order with raise/lower functions.
Cascading styles - line width/style/dashes, colors, fill patterns.
Affine transformations for all items - rotations/scales/skews.
Event handling - button/motion events, "pointer-events" property like SVG.
Grabs - support for pointer and keyboard grabs.
Keyboard focus traversal.
Accessibility (item title and description properties and hierarchy stuff).
Printing (output to a given cairo_t).
Item visibility setting - on/off/above zoom threshold.
Simple animation.
Scalable - support for thousands of items over a large canvas area.
Support for different units - pixels/points/inches/millimeters.

Hope that helps :)

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