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Swift PDF editor (programmatic)

Sample Swift code for using PDFTron SDK to programmatically edit an existing PDF document's page display list and the graphics state attributes on existing elements. In particular, this sample strips all images from the page and changes the text color to blue. You can also build a GUI with interactive PDF editor widgets. Some of PDFTron SDK's other functions for programmatically editing PDFs include the Cos/SDF low-level API, page manipulation, and more. Learn more about our PDF Editing & Manipulation Library.

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// Copyright (c) 2001-2019 by PDFTron Systems Inc. All Rights Reserved.
// Consult legal.txt regarding legal and license information.

import PDFNet
import Foundation

// The sample code shows how to edit the page display list and how to modify graphics state
// attributes on existing Elements. In particular the sample program strips all images from
// the page, changes path fill color to red, and changes text color to blue.

private func ProcessElementEditTestElements(reader: PTElementReader, writer: PTElementWriter, visited: NSMutableSet) {
    while let element = {
        switch element.getType() {
        case e_ptimage, e_ptinline_image:
            // remove all images by skipping them
        case e_ptpath:
            // Set all paths to red color.
            let gs: PTGState = element.getGState()
            let cp = PTColorPt(x: 1, y: 0, z: 0, w: 0)
            gs.setFillColor(with: cp)
        case e_pttext_obj:
            // Set all text to blue color.
            let gs: PTGState = element.getGState()
            let cp = PTColorPt(x: 0, y: 0, z: 1, w: 0)
            gs.setFillColor(with: cp)
        case e_ptform:
            writer.write(element)   // write Form XObject reference to current stream
            let form_obj: PTObj = element.getXObject()
            if !visited.contains(form_obj.getNum()) {
                // recursively process the Form XObject
                let new_writer: PTElementWriter = PTElementWriter()
                new_writer.writerBegin(withSDFObj: form_obj, compress: true, resources: nil)
                ProcessElementEditTestElements(reader: reader, writer: new_writer, visited: visited)

func runElementEditTest() -> Int {
    return autoreleasepool {
        var ret: Int = 0

        do {
            try PTPDFNet.catchException {
                print("Opening the input file...")
                let doc: PTPDFDoc = PTPDFDoc(filepath: Bundle.main.path(forResource: "newsletter", ofType: "pdf"))
                let writer: PTElementWriter = PTElementWriter()
                let reader: PTElementReader = PTElementReader()
                let visited = NSMutableSet()
                let itr: PTPageIterator = doc.getPageIterator(1)
                while itr.hasNext() {
                    let page: PTPage = itr.current()
                    reader.readerBegin(with: page, ocg_context: nil)
                    writer.begin(page, placement: e_ptreplacement, page_coord_sys: false, compress: true)
                    ProcessElementEditTestElements(reader: reader, writer: writer, visited: visited)
                // Save modified document
       URL(fileURLWithPath: NSSearchPathForDirectoriesInDomains(.documentDirectory, .userDomainMask, true)[0]).appendingPathComponent("newsletter_edited.pdf").path, flags: e_ptremove_unused.rawValue)
                print("Done. Result saved in newsletter_edited.pdf...")
        } catch let e as NSError {
            print("Caught PDFNet exception: \(e)")
            ret = 1
        return ret

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