Java: Create a Multi-Column PDF

Multi-column PDFs are commonly used in magazines, newspapers, research articles, etc. With Spire.PDF for Java, you can create multi-column PDFs from code easily. This article will show you how to create a two-column PDF from scratch in Java applications.

Install Spire.PDF for Java

First of all, you need to add the Spire.Pdf.jar file as a dependency in your Java program. The JAR file can be downloaded from this link. If you use Maven, you can easily import the JAR file by adding the following code to your project's pom.xml file.


Create a Two-Column PDF from Scratch

The detailed steps are as follows:

  • Create a PdfDocument object.
  • Add a new page in the PDF using PdfDocument.getPages().add() method.
  • Add a line and set its format in the PDF using PdfPageBase.getCanvas().drawLine() method.
  • Add text in the PDF at two separate rectangle areas using PdfPageBase.getCanvas().drawString() method.
  • Save the document to PDF using PdfDocument.saveToFile() method.
  • Java
import com.spire.pdf.FileFormat;
import com.spire.pdf.PdfDocument;
import com.spire.pdf.PdfPageBase;

import java.awt.*;
import java.awt.geom.Rectangle2D;

public class TwoColumnPDF {
    public static void main(String[] args) throws Exception {

        //Creates a pdf document
        PdfDocument doc = new PdfDocument();

        //Add a new page
        PdfPageBase page = doc.getPages().add();

        //Set location and width
        float x = 0;
        float y = 15;
        float width = 600;

        //Create pen
        PdfPen pen = new PdfPen(new PdfRGBColor(, 1f);

        //Draw line on the PDF page
        page.getCanvas().drawLine(pen, x, y, x + width, y);

       //Define paragraph text
        String s1 = "Spire.PDF for Java is a PDF API that enables Java applications to read, write and "
                + "save PDF documents without using Adobe Acrobat. Using this Java PDF component, developers and "
                + "programmers can implement rich capabilities to create PDF files from scratch or process existing"
                + "PDF documents entirely on Java applications (J2SE and J2EE).";
        String s2 = "Many rich features can be supported by Spire.PDF for Java, such as security settings,"
                + "extract text/image from the PDF, merge/split PDF, draw text/image/shape/barcode to the PDF, create"
                + "and fill in form fields, add and delete PDF layers, overlay PDF, insert text/image watermark to the "
                + "PDF, add/update/delete PDF bookmarks, add tables to the PDF, compress PDF document etc. Besides, "
                + "Spire.PDF for Java can be applied easily to convert PDF to XPS, XPS to PDF, PDF to SVG, PDF to Word,"
                + "PDF to HTML and PDF to PDF/A in high quality.";

        //Get width and height of page
        double pageWidth = page.getClientSize().getWidth();
        double pageHeight = page.getClientSize().getHeight();

        //Create solid brush objects
        PdfSolidBrush brush = new PdfSolidBrush(new PdfRGBColor(Color.BLACK));

        //Create true type font objects
        PdfTrueTypeFont font= new PdfTrueTypeFont(new Font("Times New Roman",Font.PLAIN,14));

        //Set the text alignment via PdfStringFormat class
        PdfStringFormat format = new PdfStringFormat(PdfTextAlignment.Left);

        //Draw text
        page.getCanvas().drawString(s1, font, brush, new Rectangle2D.Double(0, 20, pageWidth / 2 - 8f, pageHeight), format);
        page.getCanvas().drawString(s2, font, brush, new Rectangle2D.Double(pageWidth / 2 + 8f, 20, pageWidth / 2 - 8f, pageHeight), format);

        //Save the document
        String output = "output/createTwoColumnPDF.pdf";
        doc.saveToFile(output, FileFormat.PDF);

Java: Create a Multi-Column PDF

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