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Content Groups
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This method creates an optional content group in a PDF document.

These content groups are optional document layers that can be visible or invisible. Select View -> Navigation Tabs -> Layers in your Adobe Reader to find these groups and change their visibility.

Syntax

LONG CreateContentGroup (
BSTR groupName
)
Parameters
groupName
Name of the content group

Return value
The index of the group

Remarks

The return value is an optional content group identifier in the document's content groups collection and can be used in BeginMarkedContent.

Example

Creating Content Groups

Delphi
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{ PDF object is supposed to be created }

{ Draw main document layer }
fnt := PDF.AddBuiltInFont(bfHelvetica, false, false);
PDF.UseFont(fnt, 16);
W := PDF.PageWidth;
H := PDF.PageHeight;
PDF.SetColorFill(0.8, 0.8, 0.8, 0);
PDF.DrawRectangle(10, 10, W-20, H-20, 0);
PDF.Fill;
PDF.SetColorFill(0, 0, 0, 0);
PDF.ShowTextAt(30, 30, 'This is our document with text, graphics and so on...');
PDF.SetColorFill(0.9, 0.9, 0.9, 0);
PDF.MoveTo(30, 50);
PDF.DrawLineTo(W-30, 50);
PDF.DrawLineTo(30, H-50);
PDF.DrawLineTo(W-30, H-50);
PDF.DrawLineTo(30, 50);
PDF.FillAndStroke;
PDF.SetColorFill(0, 0, 0, 0);

{ Create 1st content group }
groupIndex1 := PDF.CreateContentGroup('grpText');
PDF.BeginMarkedContent(groupIndex1);
PDF.DrawRectangle(45, 95, 270, 65, 0);
PDF.Stroke;
PDF.ShowTextAt(50, 100, 'This is an optional content group #1.');
PDF.ShowTextAt(50, 120, 'It contains text.');
PDF.ShowTextAt(50, 140, 'It is initially visible.');
PDF.EndMarkedContent;

{ Create 2nd content group }
long groupIndex2 = PDF.CreateContentGroup('grpGraphics');
PDF.BeginMarkedContent(groupIndex2);
PDF.DrawRectangle(45, 240, 400, 300, 0);
PDF.Stroke;
PDF.ShowTextAt(50, 250, 'This is an optional content group #2.');
PDF.ShowTextAt(50, 270, 'It contains graphics.');
PDF.ShowTextAt(50, 290, 'It is initially invisible.');
PDF.SetLineWidth(4);
PDF.SetColorStroke(0, 0, 0.5, 0);
PDF.DrawCircle(150, 370, 50);
PDF.MoveTo(250, 350);
PDF.DrawCurveTo(300, 550, 350, 350, 400, 500);
PDF.Stroke;
PDF.EndMarkedContent;

{ Set 1st group visible and 2nd invisible }
PDF.SetContentGroupState(groupIndex1, true);
PDF.SetContentGroupState(groupIndex2, false);

PDF.SaveToFile('PdfWithContentGroups.pdf', true);
C/C++
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// PDF object is supposed to be created

// Draw main document layer
long fnt = PDF->AddBuiltInFont(bfHelvetica, FALSE, FALSE);
PDF->UseFont(fnt, 16);
long W = PDF->PageWidth;
long H = PDF->PageHeight;
PDF->SetColorFill(0.8, 0.8, 0.8, 0);
PDF->DrawRectangle(10, 10, W-20, H-20, 0);
PDF->Fill();
PDF->SetColorFill(0, 0, 0, 0);
PDF->ShowTextAt(30, 30, "This is our document with text, graphics and so on...");
PDF->SetColorFill(0.9, 0.9, 0.9, 0);
PDF->MoveTo(30, 50);
PDF->DrawLineTo(W-30, 50);
PDF->DrawLineTo(30, H-50);
PDF->DrawLineTo(W-30, H-50);
PDF->DrawLineTo(30, 50);
PDF->FillAndStroke();
PDF->SetColorFill(0, 0, 0, 0);

// Create 1st content group
long groupIndex1 = PDF->CreateContentGroup("grpText");
PDF->BeginMarkedContent(groupIndex1);
PDF->DrawRectangle(45, 95, 270, 65, 0);
PDF->Stroke();
PDF->ShowTextAt(50, 100, "This is an optional content group #1.");
PDF->ShowTextAt(50, 120, "It contains text.");
PDF->ShowTextAt(50, 140, "It is initially visible.");
PDF->EndMarkedContent();

// Create 2nd content group
long groupIndex2 = PDF->CreateContentGroup("grpGraphics");
PDF->BeginMarkedContent(groupIndex2);
PDF->DrawRectangle(45, 240, 400, 300, 0);
PDF->Stroke();
PDF->ShowTextAt(50, 250, "This is an optional content group #2.");
PDF->ShowTextAt(50, 270, "It contains graphics.");
PDF->ShowTextAt(50, 290, "It is initially invisible.");
PDF->SetLineWidth(4);
PDF->SetColorStroke(0, 0, 0.5, 0);
PDF->DrawCircle(150, 370, 50);
PDF->MoveTo(250, 350);
PDF->DrawCurveTo(300, 550, 350, 350, 400, 500);
PDF->Stroke();
PDF->EndMarkedContent();

// Set 1st group visible and 2nd invisible
PDF->SetContentGroupState(groupIndex1, TRUE);
PDF->SetContentGroupState(groupIndex2, FALSE);

PDF->SaveToFile("PdfWithContentGroups.pdf", true);
C#
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// PDF object is supposed to be created

// Draw main document layer
long fnt = PDF.AddBuiltInFont(BuiltInFont.bfHelvetica, false, false);
PDF.UseFont(fnt, 16);
long W = PDF.PageWidth;
long H = PDF.PageHeight;
PDF.SetColorFill(0.8, 0.8, 0.8, 0);
PDF.DrawRectangle(10, 10, W-20, H-20, 0);
PDF.Fill();
PDF.SetColorFill(0, 0, 0, 0);
PDF.ShowTextAt(30, 30, "This is our document with text, graphics and so on...");
PDF.SetColorFill(0.9, 0.9, 0.9, 0);
PDF.MoveTo(30, 50);
PDF.DrawLineTo(W-30, 50);
PDF.DrawLineTo(30, H-50);
PDF.DrawLineTo(W-30, H-50);
PDF.DrawLineTo(30, 50);
PDF.FillAndStroke();
PDF.SetColorFill(0, 0, 0, 0);

// Create 1st content group
long groupIndex1 = PDF.CreateContentGroup("grpText");
PDF.BeginMarkedContent(groupIndex1);
PDF.DrawRectangle(45, 95, 270, 65, 0);
PDF.Stroke();
PDF.ShowTextAt(50, 100, "This is an optional content group #1.");
PDF.ShowTextAt(50, 120, "It contains text.");
PDF.ShowTextAt(50, 140, "It is initially visible.");
PDF.EndMarkedContent();

// Create 2nd content group
long groupIndex2 = PDF.CreateContentGroup("grpGraphics");
PDF.BeginMarkedContent(groupIndex2);
PDF.DrawRectangle(45, 240, 400, 300, 0);
PDF.Stroke();
PDF.ShowTextAt(50, 250, "This is an optional content group #2.");
PDF.ShowTextAt(50, 270, "It contains graphics.");
PDF.ShowTextAt(50, 290, "It is initially invisible.");
PDF.SetLineWidth(4);
PDF.SetColorStroke(0, 0, 0.5, 0);
PDF.DrawCircle(150, 370, 50);
PDF.MoveTo(250, 350);
PDF.DrawCurveTo(300, 550, 350, 350, 400, 500);
PDF.Stroke();
PDF.EndMarkedContent();

// Set 1st group visible and 2nd invisible
PDF.SetContentGroupState(groupIndex1, true);
PDF.SetContentGroupState(groupIndex2, false);

PDF.SaveToFile("PdfWithContentGroups.pdf", true);
Visual Basic Script
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' PDF object is supposed to be created

' Draw main document layer
fnt = PDF.AddBuiltInFont(1, false, false) 'bfHelvetica=1
PDF.UseFont fnt, 16
W = PDF.PageWidth
H = PDF.PageHeight
PDF.SetColorFill 0.8, 0.8, 0.8, 0
PDF.DrawRectangle 10, 10, W-20, H-20, 0
PDF.Fill
PDF.SetColorFill 0, 0, 0, 0
PDF.ShowTextAt 30, 30, "This is our document with text, graphics and so on..."
PDF.SetColorFill 0.9, 0.9, 0.9, 0
PDF.MoveTo 30, 50
PDF.DrawLineTo W-30, 50
PDF.DrawLineTo 30, H-50
PDF.DrawLineTo W-30, H-50
PDF.DrawLineTo 30, 50
PDF.FillAndStroke
PDF.SetColorFill 0, 0, 0, 0

' Create 1st content group
groupIndex1 = PDF.CreateContentGroup("grpText")
PDF.BeginMarkedContent groupIndex1
PDF.DrawRectangle 45, 95, 270, 65, 0
PDF.Stroke
PDF.ShowTextAt 50, 100, "This is an optional content group #1."
PDF.ShowTextAt 50, 120, "It contains text."
PDF.ShowTextAt 50, 140, "It is initially visible."
PDF.EndMarkedContent 

' Create 2nd content group
groupIndex2 = PDF.CreateContentGroup("grpGraphics")
PDF.BeginMarkedContent groupIndex2
PDF.DrawRectangle 45, 240, 400, 300, 0
PDF.Stroke
PDF.ShowTextAt 50, 250, "This is an optional content group #2."
PDF.ShowTextAt 50, 270, "It contains graphics."
PDF.ShowTextAt 50, 290, "It is initially invisible."
PDF.SetLineWidth 4
PDF.SetColorStroke 0, 0, 0.5, 0
PDF.DrawCircle 150, 370, 50
PDF.MoveTo 250, 350
PDF.DrawCurveTo 300, 550, 350, 350, 400, 500
PDF.Stroke
PDF.EndMarkedContent

' Set 1st group visible and 2nd invisible
PDF.SetContentGroupState groupIndex1, True
PDF.SetContentGroupState groupIndex2, False

PDF.SaveToFile "PdfWithContentGroups.pdf", true

Set PDF = Nothing

See Also

Reference
IPDFDocument4
Content Groups

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