PDImage position

  • Leitender

    Leitender - 2011-09-07

    Hello again,

    it is possible to receive the coordinates/position of images (PDImage)?
    When I open the PDF with VIM I don't see coordinates for images (or I can not find them). How does a PDF-Reader know the position of a Image?

  • mtraut

    mtraut - 2011-09-08

    The position of an image is the result of interpreting the content stream. The position is derived from the current graphics state transformation at the moment of performing the "doImage" command.

    You can check this by creating a CSVirtualDevice subclass, redfine "doImage" and inspect the graphics state…

    protected void doImage(COSName name, PDImage image) throws CSException {
        CSImageElement element = new CSImageElement(img);
        AffineTransform transform = graphicsState.transform;

    Interpreting a content stream using your device looks like this

    CSContent content = page.getContentStream();
    CSInterpreter interpreter = new CSDeviceBasedInterpreter(new HashMap(), device);
    interpreter.process(content, page.getResources());

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