Stata users often need to create Word, PDF, or HTML files to report on what they have done. Stata provides commands for doing that:
|putpdf||Create PDF files||putdocx||Create Word documents|
|dyndoc||Create HTML from Markdown|
Here we tell you about putpdf.
Many organizations produce daily, weekly, or monthly reports that are disseminated as PDF (.pdf) files. Until now, a typical workflow might be to have an entire automated analysis in Stata followed by manual copying and pasting of results from Stata to Word or a LaTeX document that is then translated to a PDF.
Stata's putpdf command allows you to automate the production of PDF files. You can create files containing the following:
And you can control page size, page breaks, and document orientation.
Let's create this PDF file:
You can create do-files to automate the creation of files. You could create samplereport.do. We did. It contains
sysuse auto, replace putpdf begin // Create a paragraph putpdf paragraph putpdf text ("putpdf "), bold putpdf text ("can add formatted text to a paragraph. You can ") putpdf text ("italicize, "), italic putpdf text ("striketout, "), strikeout putpdf text ("underline"), underline putpdf text (", sub/super script") putpdf text ("2 "), script(sub) putpdf text (", and ") putpdf text ("bgcolor"), bgcolor("blue") qui sum mpg local sum : display %4.2f `r(sum)' putpdf text (". Also, you can easily add Stata results to your paragraph (mpg total = `sum')") // Embed a graph histogram rep graph export hist.png, replace putpdf paragraph, halign(center) putpdf image hist.png // Embed Stata output putpdf paragraph putpdf text ("Embed the output from a regression command into your pdf file.") regress mpg price putpdf table mytable = etable // Embed Stata dataset putpdf paragraph putpdf text ("Embed the data in Stata's memory into a table in your pdf file.") statsby Total=r(N) Average=r(mean) Max=r(max) Min=r(min), by(foreign): summarize mpg rename foreign Origin putpdf table tbl1 = data("Origin Total Average Max Min"), varnames /// border(start, nil) border(insideV, nil) border(end, nil) putpdf save myreport.pdf, replace
We could have typed the commands interactively to make the file, but we put them in a do-file so that it would be easy to reproduce or even update our report.
To produce the file, we typed
. do samplereport
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