Prawn 0.2 - Fast, Nimble Ruby PDF Generation

Prawn : Fast, Nimble Ruby PDF Generator
Release Version 0.2.0

= Description:

Prawn is a new pure Ruby PDF generation library, with the long term
goal of providing a suitable replacement for PDF::Writer. It is being
developed under the auspices of the Ruby Mendicant project with
copious help from a number of mighty fine contributors.

= Features:

This list isn't comprehensive, but Prawn has:

* Elementary text and graphics operations
* Support for built-in Adobe fonts (AFM)
* Support for TTF embedding without the need to generate an AFM file
* Automated page flow and text wrapping, with support for many page
sizes
* Basic text kerning support
* Cool 'bounding box' concept that eliminates lots of coordinate math
* m17n via UTF-8 text rendering (Auto-conversion of encodings on Ruby
1.9)
* Support for JPEG and PNG image embedding (Including PNG
Transparencies)
* Growing spec suite (PDF::Reader based), and example set
* Full Support for Ruby 1.9
* Orders of magnitude faster than PDF::Writer for table generation

= News:

This is the second major release of Prawn and includes many new
features and bug fixes. You can find a full release summary on my
blog at:

http://blog.majesticseacreature.com/archives/2008.09/prawn_0_2.html

= Install:

gem install prawn

Alternatively, you can clone the git repository with:

git clone git://github.com/sandal/prawn.git

= Resources:

- Project webpage with basic overview and some examples / sample
PDFs:
   http://prawn.majesticseacreature.com

- API Documentation:
   http://prawn.majesticseacreature.com/docs/

- Github
   http://github.com/sandal/prawn

- Mailing List
   http://groups.google.com/group/prawn-ruby

- Bug Tracker / Wiki:
   http://prawn.lighthouseapp.com

- RubyForge Page:
   http://rubyforge.org/projects/prawn

- Prawnto, an unofficial Rails plugin for Prawn:
   http://cracklabs.com/prawnto

There is also almost always a few people lurking / chatting in #prawn
on irc.freenode.net. I am <sandal> there.

= Acknowledgements:

I will be putting together a comprehensive acknowledgments page some
time before the end of the Ruby Mendicant project, because there are
so many people who have helped me out in the last several months.

Thanks to all who helped out with this release!

= Until next time

Please enjoy Prawn and get in touch with suggestions!