module HexaPDF::ImageLoader


An *image loader* is used for loading an image and creating a suitable PDF object. Since some image information needs to be present in the PDF object itself (like height and width) the loader needs to parse the image to get the needed data.

Implementation of an Image Loader

Each image loader is a (stateless) object (normally a module) that responds to two methods:


Should return true if the given file or IO stream can be handled by the loader, i.e. if the content contains a suitable image.

load(document, file_or_io)

Should add a new image XObject to the document that uses the file or IO stream as source and return this newly created object. This method is only invoked if handles? has returned true for the same file_or_io object.

The image XObject may use any implemented filter. For example, an image loader for JPEG files would typically use the DCTDecode filter instead of decoding the image itself.

See: PDF1.7 s8.9