After strugling with UTF8 and Linux compilation issues with some other PHP-PDF libraries I have found TCPDF. It didn't require any special library on my Centos 5 server and installation is very simple: just unzip the package contents and click on one of the examples to see it working. It comes with over 50 example scripts and the code is very well commented, very easy to understand self documenting code. I highly recommend this library. It is a lifesaver.